Sunday, June 15, 2008

Solid Image glue pen embossing (for Beate's challenge)

I knew when I saw Beate's Inspiration challenge picture that I wanted to recreate the flowers on that gorgeous pillow (of course, if I was selling this card or sumthin' I'd worry about copyright, but I'm not so I didn't) ;0)

If you've been here before, you know I love embossing with a glue pen. To do that, I usually start out with a pencil sketch. I've never tried solid images with glue pen embossing (just line images), but it worked just fine.

You can use an image you find in a book or magazine, online (or a kid's drawing) OR you can doodle away until you're happy with your sketch. It doesn't have to be perfect; you'll notice that the lines are kinda sloppy in the picture above. The next step takes care of that:

You can just use tracing paper to trace a pencil sketch of your doodle (I use vellum cardstock, which may surprise those of you who know how cheap I am! ;0) but I love the durability of it and how easy it is to work with.

You can scan your drawing and then print it out on a piece of cardstock. You could totally stop here and just use what you've got printed or...

Simply trace it with a Sakura Quickie glue pen. (I get mine here on ebay--I'm not affiliated with that store; I just get 'em cheap there) :0)

Work in stages for big images, sprinkling on embossing powder

I found with this particular embossing powder that the image was a little cottage-cheesy; it had a couple of cracks in it. If this happens to you, you can fill in with a bit of craft ink.

You can also shade free-hand with a pencil or marker to give depth.

You can use the Creative Memories ruler thingy to trace a line with white pen that you can faux stitch

I used the Spiral (notebook) punch and added little gems in the holes (glued 'em with Crystal effects)

Other Card Details:

Basic Grey, Basic Black, Naturals white (for main card)

Creative memories cutting kit (to cut black cardstock in a wave); white Sakura glaze pen, Making memories paper piercer & homemade fun foam paper piercing mat

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great day! :0)

P.S. LOTS more glue pen embossing here:
P.S.S. The Stampin' Up! retired list is out today, if you're interested, you can find it here.


Joani McDonald said...

Mel ~ your card is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us the step-by-step's...
Great work!

Elizabeth *^..^* said...

This is gorgeous!! So much work, but your end result is SOOO worth it!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

You are amazing! Absolutely gorgeous card!

Elaine said...

I can't believe how many ways you've used that glue pen! They should pay you royalties on it! LOL

Tonniece said...

I just love b/w cards, and this is just gorgeous.


Anonymous said...

Hi Mel,
You are an amazing stamper so I just had to tag you.

Lorraine said...

Yet again great Card Mel, your inspiration inspires me to have a go.

Anonymous said...

Nice card! SO pretty!!! Hey, are you going to ever run out of ideas? I haven't made a Photoshop tutorial in two weeks... I know there's a lot still but wow, just out of idea on what angle I should do it on. You're too much!! :)

Velta said...

You are so inspirational! This is just the bombdiggity...I know...old saying...but it makes a TFS moment cause you are sharing such a great technique :)

Maria said...

Hey Mel! Wow, your drawing looks like the inspiration piece! Very pretty! Your card turned out fabulously!!

You sure work really hard on your projects! You pay so much attention to detail and as a result your cards are so pretty!

Thank you for the tutorial. Gosh, there's so many of your tutorials that I would love to try out.


Anonymous said...

Oh, how wonderful! What a beautiful card and a great technique. I came here from Libby's blog and I've really enjoyed my visit. Thank you!

Catherine said...

Fabulous! Absolutely Fabulous!