Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Beady-Eyed Dragon Fly (Emboss Resist over Images)

A second card I made for my Secret SBS2 Sister the super-talented Maria.

I wanted the dragonfly's wings to have some texture, so I used the set Define Your Life to add text & then emboss resisted them:

I used two dragonflies for this card; I like to make a few at a time.

To emboss resist the dragonflies just:

1. Stamp them onto Naturals White cardstock (sturdier) in Black Stazon (or emboss them in black craft/black e.p.)
2. Stamp over them in Versamark with Define Your Life stamps (or any texture stamp or background)
3. Put clear embossing powder over the Versamark & heat it
4. Allow to cool & go over with a sponge and a reinker wash (Tempting Turquoise here.)
5. Dry & cut out.

I liked the way the effect turned out, so being a weirdo I wanted to do something with the scraps. Punched with a circle punch they made a super quick, but somewhat detailed, scallop:

Just put a strip of adhesive on the back of your mat and stick the circles on to make a scallop

Centering your circle scallops:
If you layer & cut your mat to fit your image first, and flip it over & mark the center in pencil on the back of your mat, then you can start adhering the circles in the middle and work out. You just trim the ends. It gives you a perfectly even scallop every time. Using your cutting mat to make sure they all stick off the same distance makes it super quick.

He has a brad for a head and beady little eyes.

The dragonfly (from Winged Things) is attached with a little bit of Crystal Effects & a brad. I also used Crystal Effects to glue beads on for his eyes. His body is coloured with a silver pen & a glitter pen. There's a bit of glitter pen on his wings too. The patterned paper is Basic Grey (Romany from their Gypsy line GYP-531) The tab is punched with SU's scallop punch & the Rub-on phrases are from SU's new Saleabration mini. Cardstock: Naturals White, Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, & Certain Celery.

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day!

P.S. A fab video that shows this scalloped edge method (and other great ones)


L.A. said...

Mel, your creativity never ceases to amaze me. It is beautiful!!

Lori SBS2

Alhambra Club said...

Love the dragonfly's this card is amazing, thanks for the tip on resist embossing

Lori said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your technique.

Becky G said...

I loved this when I saw it on Maria's blog! I just knew it was your style. That dragonfly is amazing! Love the scallops too! You rock, Mel!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

You are AMAZING! Wow, that last photo really shows how absolutely gorgeous this dragonfly is! WOW!

~* Tracy *~ said...

I agree, you ARE amazing! You never fail to come up with the most wonderful ideas and techniques that make your creations just so special, I know I say this all the time, but I really do mean it! Love it, and love the scallop circle off the side too :)