Friday, July 27, 2018

Debossed Die Impressions

Hello, Crafty Makers!
Am I the only one who learns a new technique and then goes nuts with it?  I sincerely hope not!  Recently revisited Jennifer McGuire's site looking for inspiration and new techniques.  She calls it Reverse Die Impressions but to me it is debossing.  Anyway, I started going through my old Memory Box/Poppy Stamps medallion and circle dies and boy did I have a ton of fun.  
Here are some of my creations.
This Kraft card is my favorite!  I just love Kraft!  I was pleasantly surprised how well the Prima® flowers integrated into this design.
I was afraid the gray flower would not work here, but after I put it on,  I was really impressed with how it added contrast, created tension, and visual interest.

I don't create many sympathy cards but this technique lends itself to the creation of elegant cards as well as more whimsical designs.
Two looks using the same dies and layout.

I added the score line to the paper after the card was completed.  I just felt it needed more visual interest and the score lines were a quick, simple, and elevating solution.

Thanks for stopping by! 
Happy Making!
Chana Malkah

Poppystamps Birthday Challenge - Have A Fabulous Birthday

Hello, Crafty Makers!

Once again, I have been inspired by the work of Jennifer McGuire.  She has lots of fun and relatively easy to follow tutorials  The most recent endeavor involved creating a debossed impression of a die and then filling the debossed impression with a positive die cut.  This fun technique is a little like letterpress.
I created my own "lined base" using my scoreboard.  I did not have the dies that Jennifer used in her tutorial but I own over sixty-five Poppystamp/Memory Box Dies and I figured a few of the medallion and circle dies would work with this technique.  Here, I used the  Quinn Flourish Die (green) and the Whimsy Circle (cream layer).  
To color the debossed area, you apply ink to the back of the die 
(I used Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Oxide Distress Ink™ and a petal from the ColorBox® Envy Collection).  Although it does not show in the photo, I applied Modpodge™Sparkle to the debossed area and I applied clear Wink of Stella™ to both die cuts.  In real life, the focal grouping is beautiful.  The sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Company's Itty Bitty Stamps "Fabulous Birthday" by Joslyn Nielson.

The adorable lavender pearl clusters were in my stash.  I love green and lavender together.  I made several cards using this technique and will come back and post them later today! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Chana Malkah

Here is a link to Jennifer's tutorial.  Reverse Die Impressions
Click here to visit the Poppy Challenge