I’m experimenting with what I call Spotlight Embossing today. I wanted to add touches of sparkle, shine, and texture to this beautiful Altenew Engagement Wishes Stamp.
Altenew knocked it out of the park with this new release. These florals are just gorgeous and perfect for so many techniques! Products listed below.
Now, that card on the right didn’t come easy for me, it catapulted me right out of my comfort zone. I typically like things structured and just so, that card on the left brought me back to my happy place.
Be sure to watch the video to see the process in action!
I started by adding drops of Ranger Alcohol Inks in Salmon & Lemonade on a half sheet of Yupo paper. I then misted with Tsukineko Frost Sheer Shimmer Spray. This mist will initially break up the alcohol ink, it will blend & soften as the inks dry.
I layered more ink until I was happy with coverage making sure to reserve some white areas for contrast. Finally, I removed the spray nozzle and flicked on large drops of shimmer spray and let the paper dry.
Tip: Be cautious if you use a heat tool to dry. Yupo paper melts easily!
Next I inked up the large flower from Altenew Engagement Wishes with Ranger Alcohol Lift Ink and stamped it in the top right corner. I double stamped with my MISTI. Allow the ink to dry before embossing.
The image was subtle and I wanted more impact. I decided to emboss the center stamens in gold for more definition & shine. I used a VersaMark pen to add a spotlight of ink in the center of the stamp & gold heat embossed.
I was uneasy at this point as the result is loose and messy looking. Super uncomfortable, but I didn’t stop, I added more spots to the outer edges of the flower and added a 2nd smaller flower to the bottom left corner.
Gah, I didn’t like that bottom flower at all, but took a deep breath and let go. I gold heat embossed two sentiment strips, popped up the panel and strips, and added it to an A2 sized 110 lb card base and called it done.
To get back to my comfy zone, I stamped the flower and leaves from Altenew Wispy Begonia onto the leftover alcohol ink panel in Permanent Black ink & fussy cut them out.
I grabbed my recent favorite Stardream Metallic Quartz cardstock and cut 3 elements with Altenew Create-A-Wreath dies and an A2 sized card panel. I created a balanced arrangement, stamped the thanks sentiment and then popped the frame and flower up with Darice Foam Strips.
Ah…exhale, this one makes me happy.
I’m glad I pushed myself to hop out of my comfort zone, because I love the complimentary set, coordinating colors, loose, and structured, gold embossing, and quartz metallic.
I hope you enjoyed these cards and will give spotlight embossing a try. If you’re a mixed media person, then you’ve likely already embraced techniques like this! Get creative and remember to Breathe · Ink · Inspire.