Saturday, 12 November 2011

Decoupage flowers and hand embossing.

Afternoon all

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.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Catherine x

15 comments:

  1. Very Nice Card Love spellbinders ....but have yet to buy any (Yet). I like the marbled paper too very pretty. xx

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  2. I like this card, because as you say it has a softness to it - gorgeous x

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  3. Love all the embossing it's a beautiful card.

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  4. beautiful - really love the colours you have used.

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  5. Thank you for all the lovely comments ladies.

    Catherine x

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  6. Hi I have found you from Craft Heaven on FB... This is such a pretty card .... Your colour palette is lovely and works so well x

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  7. Beautiful card Catherine! Love the decoupage & the embossing!
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  8. Beautiful card Catherine, love the hand embossing. Carol x

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  9. Thank you Eileen, Dawn and Carol.

    Catherine x

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  10. Hi Catherine ...love this card :-) colour choice, embossing, design ...everything!:))))) x

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  11. beautiful catherine, and guess what i have a fiskars scrap boos, i found it again while organising my stuff from the garage into my new craft room. never used it in ages. louise xx

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  12. Thank you Helen and Louise. You will have to do what I did Louise and get it out and play!

    Catherine x

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