My love affair with stamping actually began upon seeing someone at a country fair heat emboss a stamped image using gold powder... Of course, there's more to the story, but that single act of embossing really was the bait that got me "hooked." Heat embossing seemed like magic then, and it has remained just as magical for over a dozen years...
More recently, paper embossing, facilitated by plastic folders and texture plates, has added yet another magical dimension to my stamping world... By simply sandwiching paper in plastic and rolling it through a little machine, beauteous effects are achieved! Again, to me, like magic every time!
One might conclude then, that incorporating both embossing techniques on a single card could produce "double the magic." At least it was certainly worth a try...
In all honesty, this card was initially made for what I thought was the current Less Is More Challenge -- to create a CAS card showcasing either kind of embossing... When I went back to the LIMC site to enter my card & copy the link, I discovered that entries also needed to be one layer cards. Couldn't enter the challenge, but I still feel like a magician.
Stamps: smARTworks from Ministry Mix
Card Size: A-2, top-folded
Ink/Coloring: Archival Teal, clear embossed using Transcendence powder, Alcohol markers
Punches/Dies: Circle/Scalloped Circle (QuicKutz)
Embossing Folders: Swiss Dot, Polka Dots (Cuttlebug)
Other: Vase is paper pieced. Portions of bouquet are "popped." Flowers accented with Stickles, dimensional glaze, and a mini rhinestone.
Tip: If using alcohol markers "dulls" the heat embossing of an image, wait until you've completely finished the coloring, then revive the shine by doing a quick re-zap with your heat tool.
A little bit of trivia: The idea for embossing the vase with Swiss Dots is based on an actual milk glass vase that once belonged to my mother.
Just a reminder... We're another week closer to drawing the winner for smARTworks' Inchin' Toward Summer" Giveaway, so if you haven't entered yet, make sure to do so by leaving a comment at the end of this post.