Friday, May 20, 2022

Birthday Card Using Emboss Resist


Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I created this card for four reasons:

  • This is my second card as a participant in the AECP.
  • The colors I used are inspired by the latest Color Hues Challenge.
  • Ellen Hutson revived its blog challenge. I am so glad they did! To make it even better, it is a sketch challenge, which is my favorite kind of challenge.
  • Lastly and most importantly, today, my 2nd son is celebrating his 17th birthday. And if you follow my blog, I mentioned in a previous post that he made a request for me not to give him cards anymore. Wish granted but it does not mean I won't create cards with him in mind, right?
Okay, back to my card. I trimmed a Strathmore Bristol paper at 6" x 4 1/2". I will trim this later into an A2 sized card but since I will be ink blending, sometimes starting off with a larger sized card is better. I am using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Salty Ocean on this panel. I blended the ink using a blender brush, starting off heavy on the bottom and then lightening up the pressure towards the top. To make the bottom part darker, I switched to the ink blending foam. I heat set this panel to speed up the drying process. I prepared this panel for embossing using an anti-static powder tool.

I am using the three of the smallest stars in the Altenew Halftone Stars stamp set. I placed them on an acrylic block. I stamped these stars on the ink blended panel using Versamark ink. I poured clear embossing powder to the impression. I continued doing this until I filled up the whole panel with stars. I heat set the embossing powder until it melted. I blended more ink to the panel using the same ink. I wiped off the ink from the embossed stars using a dry rag. I set this aside to dry.

The stamp set has a matching die. I am using the third from the largest star die. I die cut this on the same Bristol paper. I prepared this for embossing using an anti-static powder tool. I stamped the coordinating star stamp to this star. I poured clear embossing powder. I blended the same ink to this star.

Do you notice the difference between the stars on the panel and the star die cut? The stars on the panel has a subtle appearance because of the trapped blue ink underneath the embossed impression. The star die cut on the other hand has no ink underneath the embossed impression, it made it look like I used a white embossing powder instead of a clear one. 

I die cut an extra star on white cardstock. I adhered this to the back of the embossed star for some dimension. Using the second largest star on the die set, I die cut a red mirror cardstock. I adhered this to the back of the star. I created a bow using a red DMC Diamant Metallic Thread. I adhered this to the center of the star. I embellished this with a red sequin and pearl.

For the sentiment, I cut a strip of the same paper. I stamped the sentiments from the Altenew Happy Birthday To You stamp set (word 'happy'), and Altenew Halftone Happy stamp set (word 'birthday') using Versamark ink. I embossed this with clear embossing powder. I blended THDO Fired Brick to this strip. I wiped off the excess ink from the embossed sentiment. 

I adhered the sentiment strip to the bottom third of the panel. I adhered the star after. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day! And to my son, Happy Birthday!

Maria Giselle B.

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  1. Incredible card, Maria! I Love that you carried the stars throughout the design. This really came out great! Thanks for joining us at Color Hues!

  2. Fabulous! Love the embossed resist stars and the pattern on the main star is great! Thanks for joining us at Color Hues!

  3. I love the detail on the star! A beautiful card Maria! Thank you so much for playing at Color Hues !

  4. EEEEK! This is a spectacular card!! Thank you for submitting your wonderful work to the AECP assignment gallery.