January 10, 2008

Texture Embossing with Spellbinder's

Oh my gosh, I'm doing lots of experimenting with my Spellbinder's Nestabilities (Nesties) and look what I've come up with for today......TEXTURE EMBOSSING! It's so simple it's not even funny. And the possibilities are endless as to what you can use to emboss. For these samples I used a scrap piece of mesh type ribbon. Check out how beautiful Karen Lockhart's new HYDRANGEA stamp looks on this card. I textured the entire stamped image and then airbrushed the image while still in the Nestie rectangle template. Then I took a sanding block and rubbed over the ink to soften the edges and reveal more of the mesh look. I love it!! It just adds so much texture and adds to the soft country feel of this card. The card layout was inspired by a layout in the Stampin' Up! catalog. I also airbrushed the Prima flower to match my card stock a little better. A Dew Drop is in the center of the flower. Patterned paper by SU! Image colored with Copic Markers. I did the same embossing on this card but kept the inking to a light distress color. It's still very textured looking but with a softer look. This stamp is from Karen Lockhart also and is called COTTAGE FLOWERS. I think I have made summer bouquets that looks exactly like this, in the canning jars and all. I call them wild flowers........my farmer dad always teases me that I *sure got a nice jar of weeds there*. He tries to kill 'em and I'm putting them in flowers vases and think they're beautiful! Same card layout here with the stitching and ribbon. Patterned paper by My Mind's Eye. Image colored with Copic Markers. Slight water coloring around flowers and jar done with SU! Watercolor Wonder Crayons.
Soooooooo, you wanna know how to texture emboss with your Spellbinder Nestabilities? Okay, okay already. I'll tell ya. Here's the Spellbinder's sandwich for embossing, starting with the bottom layer:

white spacer plate

embossing object(mesh, lace, textured material, wire, threads, real flowers, leaves, etc)

Nestabilities die template with cut shape still in tact (I used a rectangle). You will have already stamped/colored your image and cut your shape with the die template. Your die will be placed down with the cutting side up and stamped image facing down on the embossing object.

tan embossing mat

white spacer plate

Run this sandwich through the Wizard and when it comes out, you'll have an embossed image on your shape. The outside edges will be embossed too, it does it at the same time. You can then airbrush the image or sponge with ink. You can sand over the embossing to bring out the texture and soften the edges. You can brayer over the embossing with a light colored distressing ink. And SOOO much more......I've only begun to scratch the surface of embossing with the Nesties/Wizard. I hope you try it!!

13 comments:

theysaywordscanbleed said...

cute card

Lovetostamp6 said...

Gorgeous cards Michelle, LOVE the pretty design and paper. Jennifer :)

Ellen said...

These are simply FABULOUS! I love the texture you created on the focal images!!!!

Julesiana said...

WHOAH!
That is WAY COOL!!!
THANK YOU!!!

Beth said...

Beautiful and so clever! Thanks for the tutorial. I will have to "play" with these with the Cuttlebug!

Beth said...

what the.........awesome!

Debbie Olson said...

Beautiful, Mish! Love the old-fashioned goodness that it exudes!

leenda said...

What a fantastic idea! Aren't you the clever one! You're cards are gorgeous! I'll have to give this a try. Thanks for the details.

Lori Craig said...

to borrow a phrase from the queen - SHUT UP!! Gorgeous! Sharon sent me a few of those hydrangea images...that is just not going to cut it! They will be on my next Ellen order. Love, love, love your texture tip. I'll be trying for sure! Have a wonderful weekend!

Rita, an Inky Friend said...

Beautiful....

twinks said...

Stunning! TFS!

Rose Ann said...

These are beautiful!! I love the colors and all of your special touches!

Cheryl said...

You've got to be kidding! My mind is whirling with all the things I could use to emboss on my wizard. You Rock! Thanks

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