Saturday, December 21, 2013

Behind The Make N Take: Embossed Backgrounds

Thanks for joining us on the blog today. We're highlighting the Peace. Happiness. Joy make n take which recently got lots of attention. Due to the numerous questions asking how to create the unique background, we threw together a quick video of the card process for today's BEHIND THE MAKE N TAKE.

The background is both dry and heat embossed. Below the video you'll see step-by-step instructions and product descriptions to help you best recreate this technique!

We started with a scored A2 card with a white layering swatch on the inside and outside of card. To create the background...

1. Use an embossing folder to create a design on a piece of colored cardstock. For this step, you'll see we used a Spellbinders Reversible Embossing Folder. The specific style, Holiday Magic, is a unique two-sided folder. 
2. After running the cardstock and folder through a die cutting machine, add VersaMark Watermark to the raised design. By lightly running the ink pad over the design, it should only stick to the raised parts. You can use any type of pigment or embossing ink. VersaMark Watermark is almost clear in design, making it our favorite for heat embossing. 

Another option is to use the VersaMark Watermark Pen to draw over the design. 

3. Next sprinkle embossing powder of your choice over the design. From the card image, you'll see that the embossing ink didn't hit every part of the design. We actually love the distressed look. Using Ranger Distress Embossing Powders, which have a matte finish, will add to that vintage feel. We used used Faded Jeans Distress Embossing Powder here. Make sure to use a heat tool to cure the powder.

4. You now have your super embossed background! Add it to your card and decorate as desired. 

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