Hello to all our froggie friends’ class is now in session for another stamping school. In my last post I suggested you looked at your stamp sets to see what background patterns you could make. I decided to play further with the idea myself and have come up with some lovely triple embossing to share, with a two tone twist!
2 tone triple embossing
A selection of Banana Frog stamps, I’ve used It’s all about hearts, Circles, Perfect Paisley, Blizzard, Retro Baubles and Simple Greetings. A selection of coloured embossing powders, clear embossing powder, a glue stick, permanent ink and some chipboard shapes. I’ve also used paper scraps, some distress inks, art metal and wire.
Firstly prepare the stamps you want to use to make a pattern in your embossing. For my heart shape I used the long stamps from It’s all about hearts and Circles. If you can see passed my ‘slightly’ inky acrylic block you will see that I have also bent the stamps as I have applied them to the block. Don’t forget as the stamps are acrylic you can shape them as you wish.
Because the shapes are quite large I use a glue stick as the sticky base to apply my first layer of embossing powder, you can of course use a clear embossing pad if you wish. Make the shape sticky and cover with a clear embossing powder, don’t use colour at this point as it’s a waste while you build up the layers. I also use an extra thick powder for extra depth to the embossing.
Heat up your first layer and while it is still hot apply another layer. This should be enough but I do sometimes repeat again for good measure!
When you have your last layer of clear embossing powder ready to heat get your chosen colour of embossing powder ready to go.
Heat up the last clear layer and apply your coloured powder. Before you heat this get a 2nd colour ready and a teaspoon.
As you heat the main coloured layer sprinkle small amounts of the 2nd colour over your piece using the end of a teaspoon to get it out of the pot and to control the amount you apply. Tip hold the heat gun slightly away as you sprinkle the second colour to avoid covering yourself in powder!
Now prepare the stamp for stamping. I use a black permanent ink as I like the bold colour in the pattern but you can use any colour you wish or indeed a clear ink pad. The main reason for the ink is to act as a resist against the hot enamel.
Heat up your piece until the enamel is once again melted and then stamp into it. Tip stamp straight down and carefully place it as it will slip in the melted enamel if you press to hard straight away, once it’s in position however press your image down well. Leave the piece to cool for a few seconds then peel the shape off of the stamps.
You’ll be left with a yummy detailed texture.
I made some wings from art metal and matted and layered it all together on the card adding a word from the simple greetings stamp set.
The other shapes are all embossed in the same way just using different stamps and embossing powders.
For the star I made up my own texture stamp from the Perfect Paisley stamp set and used my favourite 2 tone embossing combination of gold and copper
I love the faux metal effect it gives
Happy Birthday is from the simple greetings stamp set
And for the tree I made up a texture plate using snowflakes from Blizzard, Retro Baubles and Simple greetings stamp sets. I embossed in a green metallic and silver and while the enamel was hot, before stamping, sprinkled some silver glitter over the shape.
I love the glittery effect of this!
To finish off I distressed some paper, added wire around the tree for extra detail and added a greeting from the Retro Baubles stamp set.
And you don’t have to reserve this technique for large card embellishments; it works perfectly for smaller scrapbook embellishments, just like the diamonds I used on my passion for fashion layout back in June.
So why not see what patterns you can come up with to do your own 2 tone triple embossing. As usual we love to see all your creations here at the Lilly pad so please share. Thanks for attending class, enjoy the rest of the month and I’ll see you next month. Come back often in the meantime though and enjoy all the inspiration from the rest of the froglets. Until soon happy crafting