Saturday, October 4, 2008

Embossed Silhouette Stamping (with NO silhouette stamps) :O)

This was a really quick card and this technique is great technique for beginners (or those of you with little supplies); all you need is basically three things:

1) Black Craft/Pigment ink
2) Clear embossing powder & heat gun (to heat emboss the image)
3) A black marker (to colour)

(More details on the technique & variations in my previous post here.)

I've been wanting to try this embossed silhouette technique with garden-themed stamps ever since I thunk it up to do this...


...but I wanted just the right stamps to try it with & now I have two very different stamps that work just right. This sweet flower (Victorian Flowers Single) is one of 'em. Leigh Hannan (the stamp designer of the flower stamped I used here) rocks my world. I love the way it still retains lots of detail even though it's coloured in black:

(click the pic to see detail)


Manhattan:Carlyle AL8103 by Autumn leaves
Cardstocks: Cool Caribbean, Blue Bayou Black

Image stamped in: Black Craft Ink with clear embossing powder
Coloured with: Black marker
Sentiment stamped in: Versamark & Silver embossing powder
Mat edged in: Silver Zigpainty pen

Ribbon retired SU velvet; Clear gem brads (dollarstore), Self-adhesive gems.

Tools n stuff:
Nestabilities scallop circle (smallest one) in Cuttlebug
SU punches: Scallop punch, Circle punches (1 1/4" & 1 3/8 ")
Dimensionals for sentiment
Paper piercer (to pierce black scallop circle)

This sentiment is from {A Dream} the new release from Little Paper Shop. You can check out the LPS gallery for {A Dream} here.

To make this flowery thingy with it I did this schtuff:

1) Stamp {A Dream} sentiment on white cardstock in silver ink & heat emboss with silver embossing powder

2) Colour over with black marker & reheat to revive the embossing powder shine.

3) Punch with circle punch (1 1/4 inch)

4) Mount on white circle punch (1 3/8")

5) Make embossed flower (SU scallop punch) tutorial to come soon.

6) Mount on smallest circle scallop Nestabilities (black c.s.)

A trick for velvet ribbon:

Velvet ribbon can be thick; to thwart the thickness you can melt the ends a little with a lighter (instead of folding it under.) Melting ends gently keeps 'em from fraying. Then you can just stick the ribbon on top of your project (I like to use double-sided tape.) :O)

I've pierced this ribbon to add a gem brad & self-adhesive gems. I was surprised at how well they stick!

Thanks so much for checkin' this out,

P.S. To win this card or some pretty stamps, just CLICK HERE


Elena said...

Very beautiful! Love your tips about the ribbon! The sentiment in the circle looks fabulous! Love the little gem!

Allison Rankin said...

Amazing that stamp and the velvet ribbon!

Maria said...

Very smart idea, Mel. I always love the silhouette look on pattern paper and forget that you can do the same thing using stamps! It's a great way to jazz up plain looking pattern papers!! As always, you card looks SPECTACULAR!!


Erum Tasneem said...

wowsa! You are killing me with your talent! You think like a crafty rockstar!