OCC Clean & Simple 3 – Days 5 & 6 – Backgrounds into Foregrounds: Iron-Off Embossing

Days 5 & 6 of  Online Card Classes’ Clean & Simple 3 class have come and gone, but everyone still has a chance to get their “homework” into the gallery until the end of next week.  These two days focused on  “Backgrounds into Foregrounds” and included Iron-Off Embossing, Masked Backgrounds and Graffiti stamping. 

The following card incorporates the Iron-Off Embossing technique in the sentiment.  I learned a couple of things doing this card – first, the Zig embossing pen, at least on watercolor paper, tends to stay “blue” (it’s my understanding that it’s supposed to  turn clear once embossed!).  The second thing I learned – is that even with a ruler, I still can’t draw a straight line!!! lol

First, I stamped the butterfly image with gold ink and heat embossed with Ranger’s Pale Gold embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  In order to give a “boundary” to the watercolor background for the sentiment, I drew a border around the sentiment with the Zig embossing pen (which has a blue tint so that you can see what you are drawing/writing).  Then, I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

After watercoloring the butterfly and the background around the sentiment,  I ironed off the sentiment and the border around the sentiment.  That is when I discovered the line around the watercolor background was still blue! Well, I haven’t crafted all these years without figuring out how to cover-up mistakes!  So, I took the 1/8th” Sookwang tape and put it over the blue lines around the sentiment, and applied glitter!  I was pleased to see the effect it gave the sentiment — the whole area looks “recessed” in relation to the butterfly. Pretty cool!  I applied some sequins for texture (and to cover up a few little water color splats! 

This is a rather large card – 4.75″ x 7″.  It’s one of the 5″ x 7″ Strathmore watercolor cards which I trimmed down a bit.


created by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com

Hope everyone else is getting their “homework” done and into the galleries!  I love looking at all the great ideas! Hugs!

OCC Summer Card Camp 2 – Week 2, Day 5, Card 2

Feeling a bit refreshed from my nap, I thought I would create a card inspired by the talented   Jessica Witty, who demonstrated the layered stamped vellum technique in class (onlinecardclasses.com).  My thought was to create the illusion of a field of flowers….did I succeed?  You be the judge! 🙂

ImageI stayed with the last color combination – using 2 shades of blue, shades of green, pink and white for this card.  The flower image is Stampendous’s Ranunculus Field, which I stamped in the center of the 1st layer of vellum, then stamped again -offset to the left -on the second piece of vellum, and yet again, stamped -offset to the right – on the 3rd piece of vellum. I heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I added color to the image by coloring on the backside of the vellum  – which helped to soften the colors a bit, and you don’t have to worry about getting colors on the embossed lines! lol  I used Copics, but you could use Sharpies or any other alcohol based marker.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Inside and Out Sayings set – it’s a great set!  I heat embossed the greeting with Zing! Denim embossing powder.

I’m so looking forward to class tomorrow! 🙂  Can’t wait to see what this week holds in store for us! Hugs!