Tuesday, January 22, 2008

How to get Detailed Emboss Resist with a Glue Pen

I got my Stampin' Up order in yesterday for my first stamp club ever! Can you tell I'm ultra excited? I was trying out a glue pen emboss resist technique as a test run for the gals; hope they like it. It's really easy and fun. You can get so much detail with it, and what a hoot to colour with the glue pen. Made me feel like a kid again. :0) Here's a tutorial in case you'd like to try it:

1) Stamp image (craft ink) & emboss. I always stamp homemade primas on Naturals White cardstock, because it is thicker than Whisper White, so it makes them easier to shape and more durable. Paint them with reinker wash. Dry with heatgun if desired

2) Colour over areas (that you'd like to resist the next application of colour) with a glue pen (the bright blue areas on the top flower have the glue.) Do large areas first, so it stays wet--or work in batches (embossing then adding more details)

3) Sprinkle embossing powder over the wet glue and gently emboss.You can skip this step altogether, if you're willing to wait for the glue to dry. I'm not! Soooo... I emboss. It may bubble. That's okay

4) Ink up a sponge dauber (or sponge) and cover the flower. Cover enough area for cutting petals. You can also get this monochromatic look by drawing details on top of the fresh ink with a signo gel pen: some of the colour will bleed through and it'll give you the same colour in a few shades lighter than the ink you've used.

5) Sketch the shapes of petals that you'd like in a signo gel pen (after you cut it out, you can use the sponge dauber with left over ink to remove this guideline.) If you've like to skip this step, you can just use your scallop punch on the flower; it fits perfectly. Cut out flowers & shape them with your fingers (to give the petals a little curl.) I've also added black lines around this one, by using Black craft ink on an aqua painter; Makes it look more like it's stamped

I used another flower to cut out a center adhered it & then added a dot of Crystal Effects & S.U's new glitter. [The colours are deeper than in the catalogue & it has more sparkle.]

More Card Details:

The flower is from the Kind Thoughts stamp set (the main card is stamped with it too.)
The Mellow Moss background is made with the emboss resist technique [embossing the new Stitched background on Glossy White cardstock (with versamark & clear e.p.) then adding ink on a sponge] I made the leaves out of a piece of this background; I just took a piece folded it in half, and drew a leaf on the back until I was happy with the shape. Then I cut them both out at the same time. Next I added the black edging to both the background square & the leaves using craft ink on an aquapainter. It's easy to fix any mistakes because it's on glossy cardstock. Just wipe with a damp paper towel. :0)

Other ingredients:

The Tempting Turquoise strip is just cardstock with the Sanded background stamped on it repeatedly in white craft. I wanted Basic Grey paper, but didn't have the right colour. In the end, I like this better (That's crazy, huh?) Rub-ons (from saleabration mini,) Basic Black cardstock & black S.U. grosgrain ribbon.

Thanks for Looking,


Alhambra Club said...

WOW, this card is great, love that technique and your colors.

Corie said...

OH my this is just BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks so much for the demo!!

Gwen said...

this is awesome!! thank you for the demo....you are definitely not a crafter...you are a true artist! :-)

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Gorgeous! Fantastic colors!

Becky G said...

Holy cow! That's beautiful! Love all the detail! Your gonna make me buy one of those glue pens now! My DH is just gonna love it that I have another "enabler friend". LOL! Have a great day, Mel! Smiles

Kim Etherington said...

Beautifully cool flower you made. Keep it simple for us dummies next Wed. we aren't gifted and crafty like you, or I should say.. me not we. heehee.

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Thank You Gals! These compliments are going to my head. ;0) Makes my day--no wonder I'm so addicted to blogging! :0) Mel

kathleenh said...

Fantastic card! Great tutorial on your technique too!

~* Tracy *~ said...

Wow Mel! You just have the most wonderful and creative ideas :) I just love your creations and am so sorry I've been MIA for so long from your blog :) This is just so gorgeous! Have my fingers seriously crossed that us poor left behind Aussies will get all the glorious new Stampin' Up! stuff in our new catty that comes out in April! Thank you so much for inspiring me to get creating again {hugs} Tracy

Lastel said...

Great tutorial , love your card !