Friday, March 13, 2015

Mission EMBOSS-ible

Yep, that's the title of our brand new prompt here at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and yes, sadly, I (Lauren!) am the one responsible for the pun... and proud of it, lol! I can't take credit for the brilliant idea, however-- which is to make holiday cards that feature wet or dry embossing (or both!)-- that comes from our very lovely and mega-talented guest star Steph C, so let's meet her right now:

"Hi y'all! I'm a born and raised Texas girl, living in NW Iowa with my beautiful daughter. I work full time during the day, and am addicted to making cards by night. I love God, my family, 80's music, Texas BBQ, Dr. Pepper, and anything with polka dots or chevrons. I enjoy making Christmas cards the most, so I'm thrilled to be joining Stephanie and Lauren for this Jingle Belles challenge. I can't wait to visit your blogs, and see all of your beautiful holiday cards!"

There are many gorgeous cards on Steph's blog, One Crafty Chica, so of course you'll want to check it out and leave her some love while you're there! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says"I wanted to keep things simple, so that the focus would be on the embossing. I included both wet and dry embossing on my card, as I love both. I wanted a pink poinsettia, and think it turned out pretty well. I used the colors from Color Throwdown #331, as they really struck me as being beautiful, and played into my love of non-traditional Christmas cards. I added some leaves, and a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins, and was done. I like the simplicity of this card, with the embossing and the sentiment as the main focus.""

Stephanie says, "Since I learned I could dry-emboss with my plastic stencils, it's been my current favorite technique (link to tutorial on my blog).  I dry embossed and then left the stencil in place and inked the raised sections with 12 different inks (inspired by showCASe your style).  I used the three purple inks on my Hero Arts sentiment and then clear embossed to make the color pop.  The finishing touch was a rainbow of sequins."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "My original plan was to dry emboss the painted chipboard letters and heat emboss the cardstock oval, but then I stumbled upon that cool Hero Arts Damask cling stamp and thought how fab it would look on the letters, so I changed my mind. I deliberately used some inexpensive textured cardstock with a white core in my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder so that when sanded, the dots would look a bit like snow. There's actually a third embossed element here, but it's a bit of a cheat: the little asterisks on my ancient red GCD background paper are lightly textured; I suppose technically they are de-bossed rather than em-bossed, but I still think they look pretty cool."

To celebrate "Friday the Thirteenth" for the second month in a row, we've decided to make it one cardmaker's lucky day: We'll randomly choose a name from the link-up to be our very special "lovely guest star" for one of the April prompts here at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥.  Sound like fun? Then be sure to link up your newly made holiday card-- or cards-- that feature heat embossing, pressure embossing or both, between now and 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 25th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:15:06.


Marianne said...

WOW, what a great way to start Friday 13th with these amazing cards. I love the different techniques each of you used and cannot wait to have a go myself!

StephC said...

Beautiful cards, as always. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this weeks challenge. :)

Electra said...

Really great inspiration from the DT, thank you!

Mynn xx said...

Thanks so much for the fabulous challenge and the lovely DT work for added inspiration! HUGS! :) Mynn xx