Adding texture through dry embossing is one of my favorite techniques to use and although I love to heat emboss things, I seldom seem to do it lately. So...to keep myself in practice (and maybe help challenge you a bit), I came up with this idea. What I'd really like to see is your cards using both dry (texture) and wet (stamped and heat set) embossing. But if that doesn't work for you then please use two different types of dry embossing patterns on your card.
Here's what I came up with this week using a previous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:
The sentiment is heat embossed using versa mark ink and melon mambo embossing powder (Stampin Up!). A solid sentiment would have stood out better with the embossing but originally I thought I'd color in the lettering to match the cupcake colors (one of the added benefits of heat embossing). Then decided it might be too busy so I left it alone. The cupcake is a sticker left over from some other crafting stash (too cute to throw out and I knew I'd find another use for it) put on top of a punched 1 3/4" circle and a large scalloped circle punched shape. My dry embossing is made using one of my all-time favorite embossing texture folders called Perfect Polka Dots (SU).
Overall a very quick card to put together. Looking at my birthday card stash, I realized that I really need to try to make more masculine birthday cards. But Pink is just so much fun to use!! Real men like pink too - don't they? Nah... not so much! Oh well :o)
I sure hope that you will go visit the rest of our lovely DT over at 'ABC' Challenges and see what they have made to inspire you as well. I'll be excited to see if you are up for my challenge this week. May the crafting force be with you!!
Til next time... hugs and happy crafting! D