Clear Embossed Flowers with Botanical Builder Framelits
This card features colors inspired by Connie Collins of the Global Design Project and lots of embossing! The enamel on the Botanical Builders flowers is actually clear embossing powder, in a triple thick layer.
I have not had an opportunity to do much heat embossing before. I borrowed my mom’s heat embossing tool right before Thanksgiving, and I am becoming completely addicted. There are so many different techniques you can do with embossing!
This card was inspired by two different challenges. The first is Global Design Project Challenge #064!
The second challenge is Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #76!
This is such a great set of challenges! Connie is so talented, and this is one of my favorite cards she has made. It’s got such gorgeous colors and a great layout; there are tons of ideas you can draw from in this card. The ideas I took were polka dot paper, a flower theme, and a similar color palette.
For the embossing challenge, I tried something I’ve never tried before. I die cut the flowers and added two extra layers of cardstock behind them to make them nice and sturdy. I added three layers of clear embossing powder, swishing the entire flower down onto my VersaMark pad then dipping it into clear embossing powder to make sure it was completely coated before I heated it.
Three layers was the perfect amount to give the flowers a nice thick enamel with a shiny look.
If that wasn’t enough embossing for you, I also used Fancy Frost embossed paper in the background!
Embossing Lessons Learned
I learned several things about embossing through my experiments with this technique.
- Dark patterns on the back of the designer series paper will start to show through as you heat it. See the grey hearts that have started to appear on the leaves in the picture below?
- A clothespin is a great tool for holding onto these flowers as you heat them. They get HOT! Change which petal you clip onto each time to avoid leaving an indent.
- Don’t use the same tray for copper embossing (or any other color) and then reuse it for clear embossing. Just get a clean one. Even if you think it is clean, it is not. Tiny flecks you can’t even see will become visible once the powder is heated up. (I may have learned this the hard way.)
- Cut a Whisper White card base.
- Cut a piece of Subtles Designer Series Paper the same size as the card base. Attach this layer to the card base.
- Cut a piece of Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper the same height as the card base and 3/4″ (1.9) more narrow. Adhere this layer to the card base.
- Die cut a large oval from Whisper White using the Stitched Shapes oval. Stamp the sentiment from Jar of Love at the top of the oval in Night of Navy ink.
- Die cut a large scalloped oval from Pool Party using the Layered Ovals framelit dies. Adhere this to the back of the white stitched oval.
- Cut out three leaf shapes using Botanical Builders Framelits from A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper.
- Cut out three flowers using Botanical Builder Framelits from Subtles Designer Series Paper. Cut out additional flowers from Whisper White cardstock (two additional layers per flower). Adhere the layers of flowers together.
- Press the flowers face down into VersaMark ink, then sprinkle them with clear embossing powder. Heat with a heat tool. Repeat this three times until the clear coating is very smooth.
- Cut a strip of Night of Navy. Use a bone folder to rub the strip in the same direction over and over until the layers separate. Add pleated folds.
- Arrange the flowers, leaves, and paper strip on the oval. Adhere the strips and leaves first. White glue works well for adhering the pleated paper strip, it gives a little bit of flexibility to arrange it how you want it before it dries and is stuck forever.
- Adhere the flowers with dimensionals.
- Adhere the oval to the card with dimensionals. Make sure there are supporting dimensionals behind the flowers!
- Tuck the final flower behind the oval and adhere with glue.
Use a bone folder to curl a strip of cardstock (like a present wrapping ribbon) again and again in the same direction to separate the front side from the back side. The fibers inside the paper have a soft leathery look and feel!
A Fresh Color Combination
I love yellows and blues together! They seem so fresh and clean to me. These are happy colors, like a bright sun in a blue sky on a summer day at the cabin with nothing to do but sit on the dock drinking cream soda and watching fish swim up to investigate your toes that are just barely sticking into the water.
When it comes to combining yellows and blues, I heartily believe that you can’t go wrong. Bright, muted, subtle, rich, or bold, any combination looks beautiful.
Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack, A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper, Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Night of Navy, VersaMark (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Jar of Love (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies:Botanical Builders Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: dimensionals, clear embossing powder, heat tool
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