In the theme of keeping designs simple, I used the technique to make these cards for a commission. I had never used this Stem Silhouettes set, but now I'm happy that I bought it. The simple clean lines of the stamp really let the etched embossing detail be the star of the show. If you click on this picture, you can see where the copper embossing (on the leaves) is scratched away in places to show some of the pale turquoise ink colour underneath:
(sounds fancy, but it's easy)
- Stamp in the colour you want to show through. [I used a versamark pad that I tinted with turquoise ink and versamark reinker, but you could use craft ink or a double application, first versamark then classic ink (Thanks to Beth for the last tip, who doesn't blog but leaves brilliant pointers in comments!)]
- Emboss with powder of choice [I mixed pearlex & clear embossing powder to get copper e.p. See below for more] :0)
- Heat & let cool
- Scratch areas of the embossing away to reveal colour ( I just used the side of my scissors on an angle. If you blow the bits away as you etch, it'll keep them from marking up your cardstock.)
- Add pearlex to clear embossing powder
- Mix until clumps are gone (I like to use a fork)
- Store (An empty embossing powder container is good (or a plastic rubbermade) It's good to write your recipe on the container, so you can remix a favourite combo or for publishing purposes...
- Have fun using it! :0)
- The only real "trick" is to make sure that you have enough clear embossing powder or you will get flat shiny application (though if you like that, that's cool too...)
- Pearlex is a powdered pigment. Stampin' Up! used to sell it, but they retired it. It is commonly mixed with Lumiere so you can paint it onto projects. You can buy Pearlex online, or in craft or art supply stores (American sources here)...Canadian sources here. I found that my local Opus art store (Vancouver & Lowermainland BC...) had larger bottles for great prices.
- Penny had the brilliant idea to mix it with fine embossing powder for more detailed embossing.
- You can even mix colours as though the powder is paint; I mixed up a batch of clear e.p. and "#682 duo green yellow" but it wasn't doin' it for me, so I added #686 turquoise:
P.S. CARD DETAILS: (Cardstock Naturals ivory, edged with Chocolate Chip marker & Chocolate Chip main card; d.p. by Basic Grey Aged & confused Phresh & Phunky Phlordilee PRE169 & Motifica070 Jade Pattern) Hardware: Doodlebug 'pool' brads (sanded to reveal brass); SU fresh favourites Not Quite Navy eyelets (sanded to reveal silver); Designer paper circles cut with Creative Memories cutters with Zigpainty detail on edges silver & gold; 3/4 inch circle punch for tabs.
P.S. Some other things you can do with pearlex by Diane