I had already posted a picture of the first card I did like this but the tree was stamped with olive ink. In this one I got brave and decided to try something new for me. I started by loading up a dauber with honey ink and daubing randomly on the stamp, then I went in with autumn terracotta, next was olive and finally just a touch of chocolate (for the base of the tree). I think it looks great, I was really happy with the result. I will be honest though the first one didn't look so great. I made the mistake of too much olive and chocolate and it was to dark. I found if I depended more on the honey (rich yellow) and the autumn terracotta (beautiful fall orange) I got a better look. The tree and sentiment are from the Always Grateful (C1559) stamp set and I use them all the time, the set has a great evergreen for Christmas as well. I will definitely be using this technique some more.
The next technique was something I saw on You Tube when I was looking for some new ideas for embossing folders and velum and I hit the jackpot, using them together. I love the look, it was very rich and I got a beautiful result. I do still need to add a sentiment to them but I found words don't do well stamped directly onto vellum so I am going to do them on some coordinating card stock and add them to the cards.
These were so much fun. I embossed the vellum first (I found I needed embossing folders with a large void area to color in) and then I colored them in using my Close to My Heart inks. To achieve a watercolor affect on the velum I took one of my acrylic blocks and just swiped it across the ink pad to pick up some of the ink. I then dipped my blending pen (which I had purchased from Close to my Heart without knowing anything about how to use one, LOL) into that ink and colored directly onto the vellum, adding more ink as necessary. I think they are beautiful. Next time I would like to play around with acetate and see what I can do with that. I hope you liked these new techniques, I had a great time and I learned to give something new a try and who knows what you might create.
Until next time Happy Crafting!!!