This morning I have made a card using hand embossing. By that I mean that I have manually embossed card and paper using a ball tool and my Fiskars Scrap Boss. I haven't played with this for some time - now that everyone has machines that emboss using dies and embossing folders the old ways tend to get forgotten. Of course machines give a very crisp embossed finish to your card whereas the finish tends to be a little softer when done by hand - depending on how light or heavy a touch you have!
Here is the finished card
I started by embossing a square of Centura Pearl snow white card, using the Fiskars stencil called "Serenity". Centura Pearl is about 300gsm so quite a heavy card to emboss. I then went around the edges lightly using dusty concord distressing ink by Tim Holtz. I decided that decoupaged flowers would fit into the central oval and these ones are from Hunkydory - I omitted the oval base layer. The backing paper I used is one I made myself using metallic marbling inks from Crafting UK - I had an afternoon being very messy in the kitchen a couple of months ago and all the papers are now bone dry and useable! I embossed the right side and bottom of this piece using the same embossing stencil and then mounted both it and the topper onto gold mirri board. The card base is a 8x8 pre-scored card blank which I distressed around the edges using dusty concord again. Finally I made a computer generated sentiment on Centura Pearl card, cut it with a Spellbinders die and went around the edges with dusty concord. I mounted it onto another piece of marbled paper, also embossed with the serenity stenci,l and made a border with purple ribbon. Finally I mounted it onto more gold mirri card.
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