Thursday, November 01, 2018

CAS Mix Up November Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of November, which means a new challenge for CAS Mix Up.  This month's challenge is being hosted by Bonnie (Stamping with Klass), and she chose ...


I do use embossing folders for dry embossing quite often, but every once in a while I will use them for making prints.  Very easy to do.  For the card above, I used a brick embossing folder from Tim Holtz.  I opened the embossing folder and on the inside, with raised design (usually the inside top), I sprinkled just a little Brushos (turquoise and dark brown).  I spritzed with water until the crystals started to dissolve.  I laid a piece of mixed media paper on top of the wet Brushos and embossing folder, closed the folder and pressed with my hands to transfer the design.  This gives a very artsy design with a subtle look of the bricks.

I mounted the piece onto my card base, topped with a black piece of card stock which has been die-cut with Loon Lake.  A Happy Birthday sentiment is heat embossed in copper.

Here's a close-up ...
I still had a bit of wet ink on my embossing folder, so I took a second print with a new piece of mixed media paper.  The design is softer, but very interesting.  I used a stencil, sponging in brown over top to add a partial clock face.  A simple sentiment was stamped in the same brown ink to finish the card.

Here's the close-up ...
There are lots of ways to use an embossing folder.  I hope you'll try a few out and come join the challenge.  We excited to have Cornelia (Stempel Spass) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the lovely embossing folder cards from our talented Designers and Guest Designer, Cornelia.

Just a quick reminder that my Twelve Tags of Christmas starts on Nov. 5th.  I hope you'll play along.






Card 1:
Stamps:  Many Everyday Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series);White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Brushos:  Turquoise, Dark Brown; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Brick embossing folder (Tim Holtz), Loon Lake die (Gina Marie Designs), water mister, copper embossing powder, heat tool

Card 2:
Stamps:  A Little Sentiment (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series);White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Brushos:  Turquoise, Dark Brown; Distress Ink:  Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Brick embossing folder (Tim Holtz), water mister, Clockwise stencil (Tim Holtz), sponges

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up November Challenge - Embossing Folder

31 comments:

Maura R said...

Beautiful, Loll. Not only is the first card gorgeous, it's actually incredible how much the bg looks like a cloudy sky. Wow. So striking! And then you got a second lovely card out of the deal, too. Bravo!

BożenA said...

Such an interesting topic of challenges this month. Your use of embossing folder is very innovative. You used it rather as a template and the final effect is unbelievable. I love the first card, when the background creates the surface of the water and the sky, it is so beautiful. I also love the second card, the delicate reflection of colors makes the drawing of bricks clearer and so beautifully corresponds with the image of the clock. This card tells me of passing away ...
Hugs,
BożenA

Mac Mable said...

Such a unique and artsy effect with how you've used the embossing folder. The black looks so dramatic and stunning on the first card and loving the copper sentiment heat embossing. Such pretty softer colours on the second card and love how you've used just part of the clock face stencil. Both cards are fabulous Loll x.

Diane said...

I have never tried dry embossing Loll, thanks for explaining the process. What lovely designs for the background and the black silhouette is really fabulous.

Hugs Diane

Nancy Stislow said...

I sure do love that back ground and have not tried this. Sounds like fun, much like Mono printing with stencils. I'm going to have to try this. Love the color and the black for the card base. It really makes your colors pop. What a gorgeous, masculine card.

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous Brushos dry embossed background for your 1st card and a 2nd pull for your 2nd card. I LOVE your die cut black Loon card front for your 1st card and stenciling on your 2nd card. 2 very different cards using the same dry embossed technique:-) TFS, Loll.

I can't wait for your tag event, Loll. I have been busy the last 2 days finishing more tags:-) I am so happy to get tags done ahead of time for Christmas:-) Thank you for hosting again this year, my friend!!!

Maria said...

Your cards are very lovely! A very interesting technique to achieve the artsy pretty background! And, the black silhouette is perfect against the background!

Izzy Scrap said...

Oooh ! I love these two cards and this great, new to me, technique ! What wonderful backgrounds you've made here. The silhouette duck card is just stunning ! And I love the soft background you obtained with the second print. Can't wait to try this technique ! Thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring. Hugs x

Julia Aston said...

Your beautiful background really pops out of the black die cut front Loll - such a stunning look! And the brown stenciling looks so nice layered over the 2nd pull background - gotta love getting two cards out of one technique! xx

Susan said...

The second card has more of the look of bricks, whereas the embossing folder stamping gave you a lovely stormy sky for your first one. Beautiful blend of colours on the embossing folder. And great finishing touches with the loon die on the first one and the stenciled clock on the second. Love them both!!

Darnell said...

Two very striking cards, Lolly! They are great designs to showcase this technique and they'd be perfect for either gender!! Hugs, Dolly

Cathy said...

2 gorgeous cards Loll, don't think I've tried this and am keen to have a go. The loon lake die in the black looks stunning against the background too, Cathy x

Happy Dance said...

Incredible cards, Loll. Both the first and second have such an interesting pattern from the Brushos and the bricks and each has it's own look. Very cool cards...and while I don't have Brushos, I think I may just try this with ink! Great ideas, great colors. Bev

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Looks awesome! I too have some left over papers from my embossing folder stamping... could not let that bit of Brusho color go to waste....So different both cards - really pretty! Thanks for having me as GDT!

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my gosh, your cards are stunning, Loll! I'm so impressed with the effects of Brushos and an embossing folder...WOW! Your cloudy sky is so beautiful, especially with your gorgeous die cut and your 2nd card is lovely!
Thanks for inspiring us to try this technique :)

Maxine D said...

Wow Loll, love how you have used the technique and the fabulous results - that second pull with the stencilled image over it is stunning.
Blessings
Maxine

Aileen said...

two beautiful cards Loll, particularly like the first as I have just gotten myself a die that cuts the grass and birds to try doing designs like this. Now to get my embossing folders out and do as Cornelia said 'dust them off' and use them. Truly hope to participate this time round, always depending on mum and dad of course.

Marcia HIll said...

Two FABULOUS cards Loll!! Love how your backgrounds turned out on both of your cards and am totally in love with the dramatic look of the black top layer on your 1st card! Two wonderful masculine cards!! :0)

Jeanne said...

Thanks for sharing the technique with the embossing folder, Loll. The first card is simply gorgeous! And I like the lighter impression on the second card. You are a font of stampy knowledge! :)

Bobby said...

I have tons of embossing folders. I just hope I have time when I get back from NC to make a card for the challenge.

Christine Alexander said...

Loll, I love the blustery sky made by your brushos and EF, it's so beautiful against the Black of your silhouette die cut :)

Bonnie said...

I love the artsy look of both of these backgrounds, Loll! It gives a lovely sky for the loon scene and I love the stenciled clock on the background! Two awesome masculine cards!

Jo Manna said...

You are hot when it comes to techniques, plus a two for one. BRAVO! Can't chose, both are totally and equally stunning. Love the two choices of Brushos, which I will definitely try.
They are both special, like I said, can't chose.

Linda said...

Two fab cards ..... love the backgrounds. The die cut from the black card looks stunning! xx

Susan Joyce said...

Loll your brick embossing folder created the perfect background for your water bird and the black card makes everything pop!

Trina P. said...

Two beauties, Loll! Love using EFs as stamps, but never think of doing a second print... awesome idea with beautiful soft results. The first one is striking with the black diecut. Inspiring as always. xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Both cards are stunning, Loll! Love the artsy brick brusho sky backgrounds! The first card looks striking with the wonderful black Loon Lake front panel. The soft and more artsy second pull is just perfect for the partial clock face - a great choice of the stencil and the placement!
Hideko xx

Robyn Oliver said...

Two fantastic cards Loll, great technique I'm usually running the folder through the machine, but I'm really like the effects with Brushos and hand pressing. The first one is so eye catching with the black front die cut with that super duck pond.. perfect for a male card

AlisonC said...

The black die cut against your inking is just beautiful. I will have to try this technique.

Susanne Vargas said...

Gorgeous background and wonderful cards, Loll!

Karen D. said...

wonderful cards...I need to make time to play.
xx Karen