The white embossing on this simple card is done without stamping. I'm thrilled to be doing glue pen embossing with these gorgeous patterns I found. Feels like a whole new world of crafting without spending money! (You just need a little cardstock & printer ink, a gluepen & embossing powder.)
The first step to making this pattern into a template for embossing in white (or any other embossing powder) is to lighten it. These particular patterns start out very dark:
This looks like a fuzzy picture, but really it's a photo of the printed out lightened version I made.
How to lighten an image for white embossing:
1) Save picture as a jpeg or other suitable file.
2) Open in imaging software. (I love Microsoft Picture Manager.)
3) Rotate, crop & lighten it & print. (I chose the 4 pictures to one page setting to get this size for a 4 2/8" card) This is printed on Naturals White cardstock.
Then you can just go over it with a glue pen and emboss it. Here's a glue-pen embossing tutorial. After I embossed the textile pattern, I just used a little River Rock ink on an aquapainter to paint the darker areas for interest.
To get the deeper tones of the hue around the embossing all you have to do is over heat it. (Blasphemous--I know--of course, we normally avoid overheating embossing powder...) However, you can get some really interesting effects by heating a lot. Super-heating silver e.p. for instance allows you take the shine off and get a distressed pewter look. Lots of fun!
Happy Craftin' :0)
P.S. The little paper flower is a prima from Close to my Heart.
P.P.S. If you'd like me to email you the lightened pattern, just let me know: email@example.com