Welcome back to the Artisan Wednesday WOW Blog Hop. I just spent the past several days in Salt Lake City at the Stampin' Up! Annual Convention. I had a great time and got to spend some time with several of the 2013 Artisan Design Team sisters. One evening at convention we all went to dinner and swapped cards. This is the card I made for my Artisan teammates. It is really difficult to tell from the photos, but the background of this card is the star of the show.
Now, don't get overwhelmed with how it was created. It is simply the emboss resist technique taken a step further. I started by stamping the wood grain image on a piece of Kraft cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder. Next I used a Cherry Cobbler ink pad and saturated the entire card front with ink. Then I wiped the embossed areas clean with a paper towel. (This entire process is a little messy, so be sure to wear gloves.) I placed the card front in between two pieces of copier paper and ironed it. The embossing powder is lifted off the card and absorbs into the copier paper. You will probably have to repete the process at least once using clean copier paper each time. The end result is AMAZING. I learned this technique from the very talented Jennifer McGuire as part of the Online Card Classes Pattern Play class and couldn't wait to give it a try.
Now here is the tricky part. You really need to give the card base time to dry completely before moving on to the next step. I made several of these cards at the same time, so I spread them all out and let them dry overnight. I made sure to use an Embossing Buddy over the entire card front, then I stamped the greeting with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
Then it is just a matter of stamping and die cutting the flowers. I used the Flower Patch photopolymer stamp set and coordinating Flower Fair framelits die set along with my Big Shot Machine to die cut the flowers. I stitched the button onto the top flower with linen thread before adding it to the larger bottom flower with dimensional adhesive. The card needed a little balance, so I added a small heart to the upper right corner.
On a different note, I want to say congratulations to three of our outgoing design team membersroCindy Schuster, Becky Cowley and Mercedes Weber will all be a part of the 2014 Artisan Design Team that was announced this past week at convention. I love these wonderful young ladies and I look forward to seeing their incredible talent over the next year.
That's all for today folks. I will be back soon with news and inspiration from our annual convention. Now head on over to see what my very talented friend, Erica Cerwin, and the rest of the design team have in store for you this week.