Saturday, February 18, 2017

HIMCR #289 Embossing Challenge

Hi everyone I'm excited to be sharing with you another MHK Designs digital image as well as one I've used previously.  MHK Designs has so many wonderful digital images that I had a difficult time choosing one. I finally went with the Beachy Keen set. With all the snow and ice lately my thoughts were winging to warmer weather and Summer.

The challenge this week is embossing. You can do dry, wet, or even use an embossed paper. The winner at Hiding In My Craft will win their choice of three images. I hope you will join in the challenge as you are going to love MHK Designs even if you are normally a rubber stamper. You can find details about the challenge here:http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/2017/02/himcr-289-embossing.html





For the background I took a piece of adhesive cork and heat embossed. I used a stencil with VersaMark embossing ink. I forgot to shake up my antique gold embossing powder so places have black but I like the look. The sand dollars were embossed with clear embossing powder but doesn't really show. The flip flops were heat embossed on a scrap of a gelli print. Both sand dollar and flip flops are Just For Fun stamps.

I added the sentiment to the image in Silhouette Studio and then printed on matte photo paper using my inkjet. For some reason using photo paper there is less chance of the ink smearing when water is added. Most of the time if I know I'm going to be adding water I'll print with my laser printer.

The sky and sand was colored with Distress Ink using a blending tool. I used a Fantastix to color the waves with Salty Sea Distress ink and then brushed over the waves with a wet paintbrush.

The white breakers were heat embossed using Imagine Crafts Radiant Neon Amplify. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to heat emboss on the photo paper or not. I love the added texture. Now that I'm getting the hang of using the Amplify you may see it used more often in projects. After all I bought all the colors of it. 😉

The rest of the image was colored using Prismacolor pencils. I'm glad my sister told me about using Peach for  the skin. I was wishing I had a color picture to see while I colored as it took me awhile to realize it is a straw hat on the sand.


There is still snow and ice where I live in fact my dogs and I are still unable to walk to the Bay our favorite place because of ice on the path.

I had not been successful using a diffuser with embossing folders. Then I realized that I needed to put the diffuser under the embossing folder and on the bottom plate. The diffuser plate gave me a smooth circle to place my image.  The folder had left over Stazon ink on it which transferred when I embossed.  After embossing I brushed Liquitex Iridescent Medium over my piece giving a shimmery look.

I printed the image using the Sepia mode on my printer. Then cut it out in a circle and edged it with Vintage Photo ink.



Thank you for stopping by. I hope I have inspired you to emboss on a medium you might not normally emboss on. As well as to try out diffusers if you want a flat space for either stamping or for placing a cut out image.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Play Day Shapeability Card

Hi everyone I was walking away from the craft section at a thrift store when my eye saw something metallic in a pile. Of course I had to investigate to see what it was. I couldn't believe my eyes as I found a Spellbinders Spectacular Spin die set. I keep looking in craft sections of thrift stores but this is the first time I've found any dies. 😃 Of course today with it being cold and wet weather I had to play. It was so much fun folding and tucking. This is what I came up.


I used copy paper and typing paper which has been in my stash for years. As well as a food divider which I used my airbrush with a marker to color for my shapes.

The cute bee was a freebie at all free download dot com. If you are looking for free images this is a great place. After printing and cutting out I went ahead and hand cut the wings apart so I could bend one wing forward to make it look like the bee was in motion.

I hate to say  it but the card base has been in my stash as long as the copy paper and typing paper. It came in an assortment of card bases and is one of the few colors I don't often use.

If you get the chance check out yard sales and thrift stores. You never know what you might find.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

HIMCR Super Scraps Saturday

Hi everyone it is time for the Hiding In My Craft Room Super Scraps Saturday. The sponsor this week is Sami Stamps and one lucky person will win a $12 gift certificate.

I was allowed to pick one stamp for this challenge to use. It was difficult to pick one stamp since Sami Stamps has incredible digital stamps. I finally decided on "I Love The Rain" I love this image and had so much fun playing. Even if you are not a digital stamper check out the incredible stamps as you just might be converted to use one. 😉


While cleaning my playroom I found the scrap which I used for my background. This is a piece I played with acrylic paints and a brush


The dotted piece is a scrap of frosted plastic which curled when I sprayed frost paint on it. So I took it and ran it through my embossing machine. The embossing machine helped to flatten the piece a bit.

I printed my image twice on card stock. I was going to use a piece of  a scrap of gelli  print but the printing didn't show on it. So since I had already picked out a scrap of sheer fabric to use for the umbrella I went ahead and printed on the fabric the whole image. Then glued the gelli print on the girl. After that the fabric was glued on the image I cut the girl out and cut the fabric off the umbrella handle.

I love the texture from both the fabric and the frosted plastic which I embossed.


I had so much doing this piece. For my background I used a sheet of acrylic paper which is textured. Then I tried something I had never done before by wetting the paper and then taking a wet stipple brush applying different colors of metallic acrylic paint and allowing the paint to run. I used FolkArt but I think any brand of metallic paint would do.

The dotted is a scrap from my embossing the frosted plastic. My "Bring On The Rain" printed on deli paper.

The focal point is a transfer I made using a laser print of the "I Love The Rain" image. I did this transfer using caulk.  Now to go buy clear caulk to do more image transferring.

I printed and cut out the umbrella and then used a scrap of lace from the dress of a broken angel. The girl was colored with pencils.

Because it is difficult to adhere plastic without it showing I placed the embossed panel a little under the focal point. Then used glitter hearts from Dollar Tree at the corner. Then I went ahead and used those same hearts with the image transfer.

There you have it my two fun projects for Super Scraps Saturday. I hope you will join in this challenge as it is a good way to use both paper and fabric scraps.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!