Friday, May 18, 2012

Open Sea Techniques

Today's project is one I designed for my Stamp-a-Latte monthly techniques group.  I was inspired by a swap card I received at our team meeting last month by Christine Kokiw (yep, she's done it again!).  She used a really cool technique that I couldn't wait to show my club.  To view Christine's card click HERE.  Then check out my version...

Father's Day card featuring the Dry-Embossed Vellum and Faux Wax Seal techniques
So, this card features TWO different techniques (well, not counting the distressing).  The first is one I'm called Dry Embossed Vellum.  It is hard to tell in this photo, but the sails of the ship are actually raised.  I accomplished that by burnishing the back side of the stamped piece of vellum with my stylus and the foam from my mat pack.  The vellum turns white when it is burnished, so the sails look puffy and white when you're finished.  Cool, eh?  My club members LOVED it!
 The faux wax seal is a technique I stumbled across a while back while playing with my embossing powders.  To create it I poured a little puddle of embossing powder on a piece of cardstock and then heated it from beneath with my heat tool.  Once all the powder melted I pressed the compass stamp into it and left it there while the melted powder cooled and solidified.  I peeled the stamp off and was left with the impression of it in the embossing powder.  I then tore it out of the piece of cardstock, sponged the edges with Early Espresso ink and adhered it to my card. 
Now you may be wondering which dies I used to cut those layered labels in the background.  The larger one is the new Oval Accent die, which I am quickly growing to love!  The smaller one is from the Apothecary Accents framelits collection.  If you like the Labels framelits from the last mini, you'll love these too!! 
As for the rest of the card, I used the sentiment from the Best Dad Ever set, stamped it in Early Espresso (I used a new Early Espresso pad...the colour is fabulous!!) and hand cut it into a banner.  I added an antique brad (thank heavens those didn't retire!!) and attached it to the card front.  The card base is textured River Rock...really gonna miss the textured cardstock!  If you feel the same you may want to stock up before the 31st!


  1. Love this card Leena!!! The Faux Wax Seal is fabulous! (I'm still perfecting that technique but it's SSOOO COOOL!!!!) The added textures from the pouffy sails & the piece to the left of the ship just make this pop! Thanks for joining the DT Call at The Technique Twist! Good luck! ;)

  2. Wao!! What a cool card..I have never tried this techniques before. You inspired me!
    Blessings...saw your card at the Technique Twist DT! :)


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