Hello all, delighted you could drop in on me here at Words and Pictures today. It's Tuesday (I believe...), and time for the new fortnightly challenge at Fun With ATCs. This time we're looking for Embossing - dry embossing, heat embossing... you take your pick, or mix and match them all on one ATC if you like! So, I'm offering you two ATCs today - each of them using both dry and heat embossing.
To be perfectly honest, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about these...
I had to make them some time ago, as I knew I'd be away from my BigShot for November, and therefore unable to use embossing folders, so any dry embossing had to be done before going away in order to meet the DT deadline.
Coming back to look at them now, there are things I'd do differently I think... or even start all over again - but deadlines are deadlines, and here they are. But I'd certainly recommend hopping over to see what my amazing team mates have provided for inspiration too...
The rusty ATC has a background of Kraft Core run through the Tim Holtz Bingo embossing folder, and then painted and inked and sanded until it had a weathered look. I added a TH die-cut key which I'd rusted up some time ago using Andy Skinner's textured rust technique.
The lock is cut from the same Hardware Findings die, from some chipboard covered in numbers paper (which I think was from the Vintage Gentleman's Kit I got from Vintage Page Designs, but I'm not completely sure now...).
I then used some Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder - which has a lovely rusty texture all its own - to edge the lock, and attached it using a couple of Idea-ology long attachers. I used the Vintage Photo powder around the edges of the ATC too.
I used an embossing pen to highlight the word FREE in the centre, and then added clear embossing powder to it for a glossy finish.
On another piece of kraft card, I wrote my little sentiment Unlock Your Potential using the same embossing pen, but in the end decided I preferred to UTEE the whole of the piece of card rather than just the lettering. It's mounted on a piece of rusty mesh from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
For the silvery ATC, I started with a piece of black cardstock, and cut it to the ATC size - 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
I stamped one of the recent Stampers Anonymous Classics releases in clear embossing ink, and applied silver embossing powder. Once that was heated, I used some of the mica paint from the palette I created for a previous project to add colour to the image.
I trimmed the corners of the ATC to the same angle as the stamped image.
And on the very edges I used some of the Frantage Aged Silver embossing powder - that's the one that has the varied colours within it.
On the top and bottom edges I used the little TH embossing folder out of the Pattern and Stitches set, and then swiped clear embossing ink onto the raised stitches and added silver embossing powder to those two.
I do like all the diagonals and angles within this ATC, and the silver against the black. The gleam that you get when you tilt it in the light is pretty yummy, so I think it probably comes out as my favourite of the two.
I don't know... what do you think?!
It's so great to have you drop in today... Do pop over to Fun With ATCs and see what my amazing team mates have been up to, and of course we'd love to have you play along. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces amongst the entrants last time round!
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.