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Elevate Zentangle With Heat Embossing

Elevate Zentangle with heat embossing! Today, I’m working with a taupe and yellow ochre color palette for this masculine Zentangle card design.

Elevate Zentangle with Heat Embossing

All the details to elevate Zentangle with heat embossing, including heat embossed embellishments are in this short cardmaking video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there we’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with friends!

Ink Smooshing

Color is key with masculine cards. With the right colors, you can even get away with a flower or leaf or two. Here I use Altenew Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers in Winter Fog and Yellow Ochre. I chose yellow ochre as it coordinates perfectly with Earthtone Honey Embossing Powder which is used for heat embossed embellishments.

An ink smooshed background creates the perfect canvas to tangle. My preference is to tangle in the white space. Therefore, my goal is to retain large white areas. I started by squeezing Winter Fog onto my glass mat and spraying with Altenew Iridescent Ink Spray and water. 

Altenew Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers

Next, I pressed a piece of 4.25 x 5.5-inch Saunders Waterford High White Hot Press watercolor paper into the ink. Heat set in between colors to prevent the colors from mixing.

Set your WOW! Dual Speed Heat Tool to the lowest setting and keep it 6-8 inches from the per to gently dry. If you dry too quickly by using too much heat or heating at close range, the paper will warp.

Next, ink smoosh with yellow ochre and repeat drying process.

WOW! August 2020 Challenge

Have you entered the WOW! Facebook Fan Page August 2020 Monthly Challenge? This month’s theme is, you guessed it, masculine cards. Be sure to check out the gallery and my previous post for more of inspiration!

masculine zentangle card color is key

Masculine Zentangle Card

If you’re new to the Zentangle® method of drawing, no worries, these patterns are easy to learn. This card consists of three Zentangle patterns: fleavycrescent moon, and printemps.

To learn how to draw these easy patterns, be sure to watch the video. If you’d like further instruction, click on the pattern names to visit the original author’s instructions. 

WOW! Earthtone Honey WOW! Primary Ebony Embossing Powders

Elevate Zentangle with Heat Embossing

After the Zentangle drawing is complete, it’s time to heat emboss a sentiment and embellishments. WOW! Primary Ebony Super Fine embossing powder is perfect for sentiments. 

To embellish, I colored in the center vine of fleavy with a WOW! Embossing Pen colored a variety of dots, and heat embossed with Earthtone Honey. 
Finally, shade the Zentangle drawing and ink smooshing with a graphite pencil and tortillon creating depth and dimension.

masculine zentangle card color is key

That’s a wrap guys! I hope you enjoyed my Zentangle cards this month and will give them a try. For more Zentangle for Cardmakers inspiration, check out my YouTube playlist

Zentangle® For Cardmakers

Create dramatic dimension with layers of Zentangle, watercolor, and heat embossing.

Visit the video and post now for more inspiration.

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  2. Dorthy Barber says:

    Love the addition of the zentangle to your design, beautiful card.

  3. Dear Amber Rain Davis,
    What a great introduction to zen tangling as an art form for card design. Please keep sharing these ideas with us who love to make cards. I hope Altenew, who is great at innovation, make some stamps for card-makers to zentangle within or around. You are appreciated!