After watching the Jennifer McGuire video, Watercolor + Embossing Folders, I couldn't wait to play. Essentially you rub Distress Ink on one side of an embossing folder, usually the flat side, put in watercolor paper, run it through your embossing machine, spray it with water until saturated, and wait for it to dry. After doing one panel inking the flat side, I tried it inking the raised side for a different effect. When the paper was dry I put it back through the Cuddlebug set up for die cutting which flattened it somewhat so it had the texture of heat embossing. Lastly I sponged a bit of ink around the edges.
I then used this Freshly Made Sketch and Altenew's Peony Bouquet stamp set to make a birthday card.
The Peony Bouquet has four (!) layers, a base, an optional outline, a midtone shadow, and a deep shadow layer. There is a PDF guide as well as this post and this video on Altenew's website to help you line them up. I found it was a lot easier to see the parts of the shadow layers that need to line up after the stamp was inked which makes it hard to use a MISTI. If you want to use a MISTI it is easier if the stamps have acquired a bit of stain to help you see which parts actually stamp. If you miss a bit so they are not perfectly lined up you can fussy cut them and remove the parts that "stick out." After I cut mine out I used a foam eye make-up applicator to ink the edges where I cut off the outline. I could have also skipped the outline layer all together but I found I needed the outline the first few times I used this stamp to help me line up layers.
The sentiment is heat embossed in gold on vellum. and the flower attached with foam tape. I used a bit of gold metallic paper to compliment the embossing. Here is the inside:
I also plan to enter this in the Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Challenge.
Thank you for stopping by! Until next time, Hansi
Paper: Watercolor paper, White Daisy and Desert Sand cardstock from Close to My Heart, Vellum from Michael's, Gold metallic paper from Amazon
Ink: Pixie, Hollyhock. Vineyard Berry, Sweet Leaf, Topiary, New England Ivy, and Cashmere from Close to My Heart, Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs distressed inks from Ranger, Versamark
Stamps: Peony Bouquet by Altenew, Holiday Tags and You Mean the World to Me by Close to My Heart
Embellishments: Princess Gold embossing powder form Ranger
Other: Embossing folder by Spellbinders