EMBOSS IT UP! Part 2

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SUPPLIES LIST

INSTRUCTIONS

While dry embossing is one of my most favorite techniques to create texture on a layout, I have to admit that I LOVE hot embossing too! You definitely don't get the same effect and whether you use clear or color embossing powders, you get different looks. Let's combine clear embossing + watercolor for this one! Our background will be entirely covered with acrylic paints, but this won't prevent us from stamping here and there for the beauty of it!

1. PREPARE YOUR ACRYLIC PAINTS

First you need to add a thin layer of gesso onto your background.

Then what we are going to do here is THREE different shades of the same color. So let's say I want some hot pink. I will prepare my different shades as follow : 

  • a bit of gesso and ONE DROP of hot pink acrylics (or ink) : for a very light shade of pink
  • a bit of gesso and THREE/FOUR drops of hot pink acrylics (or ink) : for a medium shade of pink
  • non-diluted hot pink acrylics (or ink) : for the real hot pink

2. APPLY ON CARDSTOCK

Using a craft knife or Starbucks gift card, apply your colors on your background, from the lightest at the top and darkest at the bottom.

Let dry.

DO NOT USE HEATGUN here : acrylics paints contain like a plastic chemical that will BUBBLE if you heat it!

3. PREPARE TAGS

Using Versamark ink (best ink to emboss), clear embossing powder (my favorite are American Crafts ones : they are super thin!), a stamp and a tag, emboss one tag after another.

4. ALTER YOUR TAGS

Did you know that any liquid inks/paints/supplies that you mix with water won't get STUCK to the hot embossing powder? When dry and melted, the powder has a plastic-like coat that prevents watery products to adhere! That's when it's getting FUN! That's the RESIST technique!

So, what does that mean for us? When you apply watercolor for exemple, each embossed print will do a resist to it and you will get amazing results! LOOK below!

5. ALTER TAGS WITH ACRYLICS

Emboss a tag just like you did with the previous one. But instead of applying watercolor, we will apply acrylics!

Apply the paint with a knife and RIGHT AWAY, grab a baby wipe and get rid of the paint that is on top of your print!

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6. DECORATE AS DESIRED

Once my tags were dry, I glued my photo (isn't my daughter CUTE?!), then my tags and embellished here and there. See how I recycled a tiny piece of dry embossed paper we used in a previous layout! You can never throw those away!

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