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:

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!


  1. Lovely cards. I really like the stamps and the way you coloured them up.

  2. What a great scene !!


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