Do you remember your first encounter with heat embossing? I clearly recall seeing it done at a craft show when I first started stamping about 25 years ago. The way the flat stamping was transformed into a shiny, dimensional delight struck me as real, actual magic! And now, after having used the technique many thousands of times, I still feel a bit of magical joy every time I do it.
For this card, I coloured a piece of card randomly with brightly coloured distress inks and then used Versamark ink to stamp flowers and leaves all over the card and heat embossed with clear powder. Then I used a cotton wool ball to apply black ink all over the card - using cotton wool instead of a sponge gave me the ability to rub really hard, which helps the embossed areas to resist the ink and "pop" out. The stamps are from the set that came with the current issue of Creative Stamping. It's always useful to have a solid flower stamp!
Because the flower stamp I'd chosen had a ring around the centre that was left unstamped, doing this gave a black ring around the centre of each flower, which I didn't like, so I used the corner of a water based baby wipe to remove the ink from that area. It took out not just the black but also the distress ink underneath it, leaving a white flower centre.
I backed the piece with pink card, then used some of the same pink to cut a sentiment, swiped it with Versamark ink and embossed it with clear powder.
I'm sharing this with
Stamping Sensations - in an English Country Garden
A Place to Start - Showcase your favourite technique (heat embossing)
Tales from the craft room - Floral Frenzy
The Flower Challenge - Embossing, heat or dry