Friday, August 8, 2014

Embossing and Stamping a Background

You must admit, embossing was likely your first love when you got hooked on stamping? 
Well, it was for me! 

When I started stamping when my son was a baby (who just turned 20 two days ago), I used my gas stove and toaster oven to heat emboss the images!! Needless to say, those attempts were epic fails! I thought I could get away without getting a heat gun (LOL)! With a few burnt/brown images, I finally realized that it was high time to invest in a heat tool. Well, the rest is history!
 
Today's card is all about embossing and stamping the background.  This was actually my first card with an Altenew Stamp when I was the June guest designer for Altenew. I was just having fun playing with the stamp set. There was no plan whatsoever and this was the result..
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 Supplies: Altenew (Hennah Elements), Embossing Powder (white, detailed, Stampendous), Hero Arts Mid Tone Inks, silver thread (Michael's), pearl

 What made you click when you first started stamping?
Thanks for stopping by!

17 comments:

Sheila H said...

Your card is so pretty and playful, Virginia. The stamped background is nicely augmented by the band and beautiful flower and pearl. When I got started, I found it very difficult to get a clean and clear stamped image. After I learned not to over ink the stamp and not to rock it on the paper, I was hooked. I always love making my own backgrounds. Your story about embossing without a heat gun is downright hilarious :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Love the pretty background you created here Virginia! Your end result is beautiful! I started stamping about 20 years ago as well and embossing is what set me on fire. I still have the fabulous woodblock Magenta stamps I bought from the store on Bloor, now Bizzy B's.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

so beautiful!!! LOVE the colors and the string over the flower!

Happy Dance said...

Had to chuckle, Virginia. The stove and toaster oven! It's exactly something I would have tried, were it not for one of my SU friends teaching a make n take. This card, is so fun! Love all the bright colors on the white panel, and the pink base. Really a sweet card! Have a great weekend. Bev

Barb said...

That background you created is so fun and playful, V! And boy, do I ever love these happy colors! ♥

Lin said...

Pretty card, Virgina! Coming from a quilting background, it all clicked for me when I saw cards using printed papers along with stamps!

sandie said...

This is so fabulous embossing and I bet took ages with a heat gun! I am not sure what got me hooked really, perhaps realising I could do something creative, something I never dreamed I would be able to!

Miriam Prantner said...

So funny! I can only imagine what Dr. John said when he came into the kitchen and you were burning paper over the stove! I love that background paper you created and the great embossed medallion!

conil said...

Love, love, love that background. Started my stamp journey 4 years ago. Can't believe how much I've filled up my craft area since then.

Clare said...

So pretty! Love the string! And so funny about the heat embossing - I tried a blow dryer!
I think cling stamps are what really got me into stamping - the idea was so new to me and just fascinated me!

Lisa said...

Love the playful background, this is marvelous Virginia! Oh the things we all did when we first started this kraft!!

Susi Kelly said...

Love how fun & colourful the background is on this fabulous card, Virginia! I also LOVE that Altenew stamp set (Hennah Elements). I think what made me "click" was how inspirational everybody's gorgeous cards were (online - SCS, before the days of Pinterest LOL), and I hoped that one day, I would be half as good!

GeeCee said...

OoOooo...so pretty Virginia! I like the simplicity of your card and the real stunner...I like the way you used the thread! Very understated but the eyes draws you to the prize in the center. Thank you!

Barb Ghig said...

This is such a pretty card, Virginia! I love the fun, vibrant colors and of course your embossing is just beautiful!

Love that you shared your initial experiences with heat embossing...so glad you got yourself a 'Heat Tool' after all that :-)

Belated Happy Birthday to David!!!

Carol McCready said...

Your card turned out beautifully. Love that background.

Ruby Craft said...

Like you when I discovered heat embossing I was hooked on stamping. I couldn't afford a heat tool but someone had told me to take the light shade of the living room lamp and turn it on high. Fortunately I didn't blind myself and while it took forever it worked. I loved it so much, My daughters bought me a heat tool for my next birthday.

Shelly said...

Such a sweet and happy card! The colors are so pretty! Love!