For those of you who don't know this technique, I'll explain how I did this. First you stamp your image using Versamark ink and then heat emboss using either a clear or white embossing powder. I used very vanilla cardstock and a clear embossing powder for my stamped image. Second, you can sponge, or use a brayer to go over your entire panel with one or several ink colors. The embossed image will resist picking up the ink. I find the sponging goes on a bit smoother if you are using a smoother texture cardstock (like Whisper White from Stampin Up!). I also like using the sponge daubers more than the sponge pieces because I seem to have a more smooth blending effect (here I used both types). When you're done adding ink around the panel and your image, you can just wipe off the excess ink from the embossed image (using a cloth,paper towel or tissue) and the embossed image will be shiny again. Isn't it lovely how it stands out against the background? Easy and fun to do - you gotta try this!!
I used 3 different ink colors (daffodil delight, not quite navy and soft suede) to get my effect. I wanted it to look like the star was shining brightly in the night sky. I got a tad heavy handed at first around my image but decided I kind of like the effect after all (learning to embrace our mistakes and call them art - right?). Found an older piece of non-Christmas designer paper that seemed to fit well with this image and color scheme (LOVE when I can use up some of my stash) and decided to forgo extra embellishments. I stamped my sentiment after I had done all the sponging.
Well... not much else to say really - except I sure hope that you will decide to join us this week. The rest of the DT at 52CCT have made some stunning cards using this technique to share with and inspire you. I hope you'll go check them out and decide to play along.
Til next time...hugs and happy crafting. D