Daily Archives: January 17, 2008

Embossing…a challenge…

Thursday again! Almost time for another weekend and it IS time for another Ways to Use it Challenge! This is a rerun week and I had to check my list twice…even three times for this challenge. This was one of our very first Ways to Use it Challenges ..embossing powder…and I thought for sure I had done is again. But no and so we are going to have another one today. Any kind of embossing powder is great for this challenge. I’m also challenging you…instead of just embossing a sentiment (probably the most common use) make sure you do something a little different. Cracked glass, resist techniques, embossing something out of the usual…are all great ideas but you are also welcome to think up your own! 🙂 Just one requirement from me…

Make sure you have fun! 🙂 Check it out at WT

Silver Bonjour


This design uses one of my favorite patterned papers by Stampin Up. This paper is actually a Basic Gray (charcoal) and Very Vanilla color combo. I think the photo makes it look a little washed out…it is so rich looking in person. I was creating this card specifically for today’s embossing challenge but really…I’m not a huge fan of lots of embossing. I used to be when I first started stamping. It was always like magic watching that powder melt. Perhaps I did too much or perhaps its just not my style now, but over the past while…I mostly use it in small touches. This is the concept I went with for this card…less is more and the embossing is just a highlight.

jks-silver-brad-closeup.jpgThis stamp set I used is the Carte Postale set by Stampin Up that I’ve loved since I first saw it last year in a mini catalogue. It is such a flexible set and I love the elegance of it. Because of the intricate design of the papers, I kept the stamping itself very simple. A sentiment, scroll and embossed bird all on one little panel. After adding some stitching around the design…I still needed something. An embellishment and there just was not enough embossing on it to use as a sample for the WT challenge. And then an idea popped into my head that I had thought of before but never gotten around to. Would it work if I embossed on the Jumbo Karen Foster Designs brads?! I love these brads and have done lots with them but never embossing. The little flower stamp from the set seemed to fit perfectly and after stamping it onto the brad with Versamark…it was simple to emboss.

Quick Tip: Use a pair of crafting tweezers to hold the brad so that you don’t burn your fingers with the heat gun. I use a Making Memories pair that I bought as part of a scrapbooking tool set but they are also available separately.

Wishing you a very happy Thursday and some embossing fun!

Supply List:

cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Gray – Stampin Up, patterned paper: Charbon – Stampin Up, stamps: Carte Postale – SU, ink: Versamark – Tsukineko, Basic Gray – SU, Other: silver brads – Making Memories, Jumbo Brad – Karen Foster Designs, Silver Embossing Powder – SU