I started my weekend by creating a card for this week's challenge at "Less is More" where the theme is 'This makes me happy'. There are many things that make me happy - my family, my friends, sunshine and lots more. However there is one other thing that makes me happy and that is having the time to craft, time to try out new techniques or revisit old ones. So this card combines my love of getting messy with inks, one of my favourite stamp sets (Uniko Studio - Gerbera) and for once mastering the 'ironing-off' embossing technique. You can't help but be happy using these vibrant colours!
My original plan was to create a card using the Bokeh effect which seems to be 'on trend' but the image I chose was too large (and my dream was greater than my skill level). So this is what happened:
I stamped the first gerbera and heat embossed using clear embossing powder and then coloured the whole of the panel with Dried Marigold distress ink. Once the first layer was dry I stamped and heat embossed two more gerbera and then covered the panel with Spiced Marmalade distress ink. When this layer was dry I stamped and heat embossed two further gerbera and then covered the panel with Ripe Persimmon distress ink. When all was dry out I ironed off the embossing between pages of a telephone directory. This is how the panel looked:
All I needed to do then was to decide how to use the panel - I can't tell you how long it took me to decide what to do with it!! I think I'm happy with how it turned out!
I'm going to enter it in to the following challenges:
"Less is More" Week 213, This makes me happy
Uniko Studio Challenge 18 - Birthdays
Virginias View Challenge #13 - All things embossed