Monday, February 23, 2015

Rubber Band Embossing


Hi everyone.  Back with my last reminder for the February CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  There's still a few days left to enter ...





This time I used heat embossing again ... with an older technique that I haven't used for a while ... Rubber Band Embossing --- it's a variation of the Emboss Resist technique.  I learned it a few years ago following this video from StampTV.  The video is a bit long (just over 10 minutes), but lots of things are covered off and there are some great tips and tricks along the way. :)  Definitely worth watching if you want to give this a try.

Basically, you wrap rubber bands (we call them elastic bands in Canada) :) ... around a brayer, ink with Versamark and roll over your paper to create a pattern; then cover with embossing powder and heat set.  You can create custom designed paper for your backgrounds or for die-cutting embellishments.  Simple, but so pretty.  After I heat embossed, I sponged distress inks randomly --- love these colours.  I added a few die-cut leaf sprigs in white and a simple gold embossed sentiment banner to finish.  This card was sent to my friend Karen in Tasmania --- happy belated birthday, my friend!! :)

I made a second card using this same technique with gold foil card stock and gold glitter embossing powder ... no sponging on this version.  It is really elegant and I thought it would be perfect for a Christmas card.





I punched two ornaments from the rubber band embossed gold card stock, added shaped and layered poinsettias and pine springs at the top of each (both coated with glitter glue for added sparkle), and mounted them onto my card front with gold cording.  A gold embossed sentiment finishes the card.

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge at Happy Little Stampers Blog.  There's a link set up for anyone wanting to share their CAS Embossed cards ... but there's only a few days left, so pull out your embossing powder, embossing folder, or embossing paste ... make a CAS (clean and simple) card and join in the fun!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the lovely CAS embossed cards in the gallery ... and ones done by Kathy, Kylie and me.  Looking forward to our next CAS Challenge which will be posted Mar. 3  at 6am (AEST) ... that's noon Mar. 2 my time (PST). :)


Edited to Add:  I'm entering my first card into Challenge #18 - Birthday at Uniko Studios.  Thanks to Sandie for letting me know!








Birthday Wishes card:
Stamps:  Sweet Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Spice Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Brayer, Elastic Bands, Gold embossing powder (Hero Arts), heat tool, sponges, Little Leaves die (Sizzix)

Christmas card:
Stamps:  Beautiful Season (SU!)
Paper:  White, Gold Foil, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Brayer, Glitter Gold embossing powder (unknown), heat tool, Ornament punch (SU!), gold cording, Mini Petals punch (McGill), stylus and mat for shaping poinsettias, Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn), red glitter glue and green glitter glue (studio g), gold stickles

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I've got a couple more cards to share with you from my time on the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoaststampers.com.  These haven't been posted here before and they both have embossing of some form, so thought I'd share them with you today :)


More rubber band embossing



Dry embossing



Love
Paper:  White (Neenah); Cherry Cobbler, Gold Foil (SU!)
Ink: Versamark
Accessories & Tools: Heart dies (Simon Says), Love die (Paper Smooches), elastic bands, rubber brayer, gold glitter embossing powder, heat tool

Folded Christmas Tree
Stamps:  Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Be of Good Cheer DSP, Brushed Gold (SU!)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), Snowflake embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Star die (C.C. Designs), Dazzling Details (SU!)

38 comments:

  1. Wow Loll, 4 fantastic cards! My faves are the first (that orange-gold combo looks amazing!!) and the love card -so sweet! xxx

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  2. Oh my, such a fun embossing technique with stunning results.

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  3. What a treat, Loll ... four cards in one post ... and all so fabulous! I'm particulary taken with the first one ... the sponged colour is just gorgeous, especially with the white die cuts! Anita :)

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  4. I was s-o-o-o happy to see that you are sharing cards made with the rubber band embossing technique. That is one of my all time favorite techniques and yours are just beautiful! I hadn't thought to use this technique with die cuts .... thanks so much for the very lovely inspiration!

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  5. Pure fabulousness! Amazing what you always come up with - thanks for linking the video like you card much better ;)

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  6. Well, this technique worked much better for you than it did for me, Loll! I watched the video a couple of years ago and tried it...suffice it to say, you aced it...I did not :)

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  7. Another beautiful collection of cards Loll! I love the look of the rubber band embossing .... must give that a try. The colours are gorgeous and the white really pops .... gorgeous card! xx

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  8. Wow Loll, I love this technique! I've not ever tried that before and I have a brayer that I hardly ever use. lol So I think my next step is to watch the video!! I love both of your cards, This technique gives a very cool effect. Your Christmas card is so elegant done with it on the gold foil!!! I also love your other two cards, so beautiful they are! Hugs, Brenda

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  9. Gorgeous card Loll. Cute technique and lovely end product! The Love card is beautiful also!

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  10. Four fabulous cards Loll...love the rubber band embossing it looks great, must give it a try. Carol x

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  11. Wowzers! Such fascinating cards loll and full of inspiration.
    I've never heard of rubber band embossing but what a great effect.
    Thanks for the little lesson I'll give that one a try. Sarah xx

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  12. Love all the cards using the rubber band embossing technique. I think the first one is my favorite, or could it be the second one, but I really like the heart..... Geez... love them all. Have to go find my brayer!!!

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  13. What a cool technique Loll and the cards are - as always - amazing! You are a real inspiration! Hazel xx

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  14. Your cards are simply stunning, Loll!! Have to give that rubber band embossing a try at some stage!!!

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  15. Four beautiful cards Loll. I'd totally forgotten the elastic band technique for heat embossing! It looks so cool and love the ombre sponging.

    Hugs.

    Karen x

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  16. Wow, Lolly, you know we ladies pay good money for classes that result in cards like this! You really spoil us with your generous sharing of your beautiful talent! It is very much appreciated! The link to this whole post is going in my to-do folder!! Hope you're doing well and Happy Anniversary!! Hugs to you, my friend! Darnell

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  17. What a fabulous post - four gorgeous cards! I've never tried the rubber band embossing - neat technique, especially on the ornaments (my favourite of these four cards!).

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  18. Morning Loll,

    What a stunning card, love this technique so I must give it a try sometime, really pops from the card. I did a CAS card last night using your inspiration so will have to get it loaded tonight. Love all your other creations and those baubles really suit the elastic band technique.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. What a cool technique, we call them elastic band too! Your first card would be great for our Birthday challenge at Uniko, here is the link
    http://unikostudio.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. A fantastic selection of cards. I love the rubber band embossing and I am going to give it a try sometime. Gail xxx

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  21. Awesome technique, Lol! Oh I must try it! :) thank you for the inspiration. Your cards are beautiful. Xx

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  22. Great selection of cards Loll I remember this technique for a long time ago....its gives a great effect on your cards...must blow the dust off my brayer and have another play...

    Anne

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  23. Beautiful collection of cards Loll! I just love this rubber band technique you have used, what an amazing texture and design you achieved! Thanks for the video link, I am definitely going to check it out! hugs :)

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  24. wow, awesome collection of cards Loll. I love that rubber band technique too and must try this.

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  25. Gorgeousness! Seems like you are starting to get back into it and working with your leg? I hope so anyway~

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  26. I'll have to see if I can get some rubber bands on my brayer because these cards are GORGEOUS, my friend!

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  27. Gorgeous, gorgeous rubber band heat eb technique on your Stunning cards Loll. I am off to check out the video. TFS my friend :-)

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  28. Hi Loll, thanks for linking up to Uniko...you should know you can't escape me!!

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  29. Gorgeous cards, Loll! What a fabulous effect you've achieved with this technique! I'm looking forward to trying it...thanks for the link!

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  30. Beautiful cards, all of them! I'm so glad you reminded me of this rubber band brayering...never have tried it but will now, for sure. The sponging of the background is what really 'got to me'.....Love that effect! I had to study the LOVE card to see the rubber band technique - what a beauty! I used that Christmas tree fold one year for my family's card - I loved it, and so did everyone else. TFS your talents. I don't comment anywhere near often enough but I do always enjoy your artwork.

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  32. Gorgeous cards, love that yellow background. Thank you so much for joining in the Uniko Challenge

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  33. All fabulous cards, Loll! That rubber band embossing is a great idea - it adds such an interesting dimension to the background. I especially love the effect on the Christmas ornament. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  34. So glad I took the time to scroll through your posts - some delightful goodness to enjoy. I remember that Stamp TV video, and you've done it even better than what is in the video IMHO. Love the looks you've achieved, and I especially liked the ornaments done this way. You are a true artist. Hope you have a wonderful wkend. Hugs.

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  35. All four of these cards are amazing but the first one is simply stunning! Thanks for the information about elastic band embossing it creates a beautiful effect I must remember it!
    Elaine

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  36. WOW! Awesome technique, I love them all :) Thanks so much for joining in on the Uniko Studio Challenge. Hugs Bev x

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