Technique: Heat emboss an image/design onto the project, then colour over the top with inks/watercolour paints. The embossing powder will resist the inks etc, and show through. This could form the focal point to your project, or be part of the background. Real stamping needs to be included as well (in case you doodled with an embossing pen for your resist rather than stamping!!)
Since it is summer and a great time to read outside in my garden I decided to keep it simple and just make a few book markers. Here is the finished project, if you keep reading you can see a short tutorial demonstrating this easy and fun technique.
I started by cutting a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper into a strip measuring 3" by 6". I stamped the flower stamp created by Anneke De Clerck with VersaMark watermark stamp pad. This ink pad is perfect for embossing. I stamped the flower three times trying to keep them an equal distance apart. I decided to use Ranger's White Detail powder to sprinkle on top of the embossing ink. Then I melted the powder with my heat gun.
I never get tired of watching this process and seeing the powder melt and turn shiny! Once the embossed flowers have cooled down then I applied the Dylusions spray inks in Funky Fuchsia, Fresh Lime and Vibrant Turquoise. I tried to keep the colors separated by blotting the ink off after each color was sprayed. Just use a roll of paper towels to do this. You can adjust the deepness of the colors by spraying more water on the inks and blotting until you have just the colors you want.
Now I started adding the finishing touches. I stamped Dyan Reaveley's border stamp in Jet Black StazOn ink all around the edge. I looked through Tim Holtz's Chit Chat words and picked out a few, positioned them where I wanted and then coated the top of each word with clear Goosebumps using a tiny paint brush.
I added Goosebumps to the circles in the border, too, they seem to pop out when they are glossy.
After the Goosebumps application had dried I decided to glue the panel on to a black mat that was cut a quarter of an inch larger all around.
Now I have a delightful book marker that didn't take long to make. What a fun gift to give to friends this summer. I guarantee that it is hard to stop after making just one, the ideas just keep coming! The technique has other elements that can be added to change the appearance. I'll share that with you during the month long challenge. This is a great project to make along with kids, they are amazed when they watch the embossing powder melt. Just don't let them try it on their own, the powder does get really hot when melted.
I look forward to seeing what you enter at the Take It Make It Challenge! Have fun with this. Talk to you soon. Hugs~Renee xxx