Monday, February 22, 2010

Challenge 62: Heat Embossing

Do you like a bit of texture on your layouts? A bit of shine? A little something extra? Well then, this challenge is for you. Get those heat guns ready.....

Your challenge is .... add some HEAT EMBOSSING.

Heat embossing is such a versatile technique. There's lots of embossing powders to choose from: clear, shiny, textured and glittery and in a wide variety of color. You can add a stamped image or just layer the powder on an embellishment like chipboard. You can use it as part of a resist technique. Add a title. Be subtle or be bold!

Just post your creations here by Sunday, March 7th. I've got a selection of some of the brand spankin' new Tim Holtz Distress Ink colors for one lucky participant.

Here's how our team used this technique:

I used UTEE to emboss several embellishments giving them a clear, glossy look.

I used a embossed paper which was chalked in pink and I embossed the word "look" and added crackeled finish on it.


I gave scraps of paper a fresh new look by stamping and heat embossing them.


You don't have to have a stamp to emboss an image! I punched the "birds on a wire" from cardstock with a Martha Stewart punch, rubbed them with embossing ink, covered them with black embossing powder, and heated. I found the result pleasantly distressed, however, if you want a more finished look you could add a second layer of embossing ink and embossing powder.

I stamped & embossed the big chipboard bracket with a grid texture blue and then spritzed it with red glimmer mist, the embossing powder resisted the mist and really made the embossing stand out. I also stamped and embossed the paper flowers, with white in the middle, which turned out messy so I worked with that and inked the edges of the flower with Versa Mark ink which I coated with blue embossing powder and heated to set creating these fun, artsy embellishments.

Miwako - Uh..... at first, to tell the truth, I didn't have a heat gun....ah! And I've just gotten a heat gun yesterday. But I found a embossed paper which was just the right for my image if I had it and might to do before I hard this challenge. I want to make a gorgeous skirt part of dress for wire torso. This wire torso is so simple and it is able to change the shape as you like.


I Stamped and heat embossed the fairy an a clock and swirl accent on the page.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Challenge 61: Ruffles !!!!

Jen here, posting with today's challenge!...

I don't consider myself much of a girly-girl, especially when it comes to clothing. However, I just knitted a scarf that has a ruffle down the length and I LOVE it! It got me thinking how great a little ruffle can be to spiff up a layout, as well as a piece of clothing.

So here is your challenge.... add a RUFFLE TO YOUR LAYOUT. Use paper, use fabric. Whatever you want.

As always, you have 2 weeks to link us up for a chance to be considered for a RAK from me.

Here is what the team has for you:

Paloma: Ruffles! How do you put ruffles on a « manly » layout? Because DH had picked this one and he even wrote the journaling... What’s a girl to do?! I had no choice but to play the game and look for a way to include ruffles in the layout! And here it is : the « I » in the title is a ruffled piece of fabric. And what do we learn from all this? You can include ruffles everywhere… and anywhere!


I used paper and lace to create my Ruffles!!!

Amanda - I created flowers from paper ruffles. Instead of layering each paper fold over the previous paper fold, I simply offset them a bit to create a flower shape. For the paper, I used a black-white-gray paper collage.

Miwako- my choice is crape paper and the end of paper (Sassafrass Lass).


I created a fabric ruffle to *skirt* my layout, and a ruffle fabric flower accent. Both of these came together in a cinch. The how-to is on my blog.

I got out my sewing needle for this one (and I loathe sewing!!). I used the striped fabric to create ruffled flowers. I had some striped paper that was similar to my fabric and created a ruffle with that too which I layered my title on. I drew my color inspiration from the "By the Sea" scene in "Sweeney Todd".

Deborah -
I used some ruffled ribbon underneath my photo block, then I made a psuedo-ruffle using a piece of ribbon and staples.