Friday, September 21, 2018


Happy Friday, friends!
It's finally getting a little cooler in my neck of the woods...
Fall is near.

First, some random chat...
I am now addicted to have a little fun share every now and then over Instagram.
If you are on Instgram, please find me "yesvirginialu".
Under "My Story", I often share snippets of my cooking, baking and of course.. cards!
 I feel like a little kid when I get that instant gratification of sharing!
Guess that's why they call it "Instagram!!" Duh!  😉

Today's card focuses on using clear embossing powder.
I am using the following for my example.
You see, this die is soooo very fine and well, dainty.
Penny Black - Creative Dies - Pine Branch
Penny Black - Creative Dies - Pine Branch

Once I made the die cut and add Distress Oxide (with tiny amount of water), I realized that these pine needles were very fragile. Time to strengthen the branch!

Peace Joy Love

What could be more perfect than Clear Embossing Powder?
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Not only it makes the dies shine more, it really helps to makes the fragile parts stronger, much like the pine in real life!

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I embossed the pine and pine cones 2-3 times. It works fabulously!
 Ding--->don't forget to use the negative die cut and STENCIL the background. Notice the lightly inked background?  Yup, use the scrap before discarding it!

peace love joy  

I hope this gives you some ideas and inspiration about dies like this.

peace joy love-002

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Thanks so much for stopping by!


FD91354 said...

You never cease to amaze my.. yea, use the negative to ink the background.. how smart! Great idea! Love the card. Love the multiple layers of embossing.. Really beautiful

Betty said...

very pretty, Virginia - and love the turquoise card base.

Patti H. said...

Absolutely beautiful, Virginia!

pcm said...

the pine cones are awesome!

Harriet said...

Your card is lovely. Thank you for your hint---double or triple embossing sure does make items strong!! I especially like the light green stamping. Brilliant!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful card! I love the textures and dimension! Pretty set of dies!

Linda BL said...

Love the shine added by the clear embossing powder. Great card.

Sue D said...

Very pretty!

conil said...

The way you used your embossing powder on those delicate dies is just brilliant. Love the heft it gave the images and the texture it created.