February 11, 2015

Embossing with the Explore

Hi!  This is Christine from I am Cocoa's Mom blog with my very first DT post for She's a Sassy Lady.   Here we go!

Did you see the new Mix and Match embossing plates from Anna Griffin on HSN?  I'm afraid I caved and bought the set AND took the autoship option.  My shipment came in last week and I love how easy it is to customize cards for specific occasions.

It was my DD's birthday last week and I used the Happy Birthday plate to emboss the front of her card.  So pretty, but it needed embellishing to make it really special and I don't have any Anna Griffin type flowers.  Time to turn on the Explore!

I found several flowers in Design Space that have a shadow layer and a fairly intricate top layer.  (e.g. Bits and Pieces, Gypsy Wanderings, Sophie) After placing the flower on the mat, I ungrouped the layers and changed the top one to 'write' and left the shadow layer on 'cut.' The last step is to select and attach.

Using the Amy Chomas adapter, I inserted my VersaMark embossing pen, loaded the mat with vellum and pressed 'go."

Then comes the hardest part of the whole process - getting the vellum flower off the mat without touching the wet embossing ink!  I did have fun trying out several different embossing powders and choosing the best alcohol marker to color the back of the flower.

Love this silver one but decided to go with a silvery white opaque powder to compliment the white-on-white look I was going for.  This technique is so easy and I want to try text, a beautiful butterfly, and maybe a poinsettia with a gold edge.   So many ideas!

Here is the finished card.  She was very impressed!  (Sorry!)

Thanks for visiting with me today!  And thank you Sheila for allowing me to share.  : ) Christine


Sheila aka SassyLady said...

This is gorgeous! Wonderful technique. Thank you for sharing this with us today.
I want you to know that I am so happy that your purchased this set. I missed the special and a friend said she would let me borrow.... Can't wait to give a try.

Grace Baxter said...

Christine, this is SO pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Boopster said...

Beautiful embossing and colors. Thanks for showing us the techniques.

Charlotte C said...

So clever and so beautiful. Love the colors and that embossing folder is gorgeous.