Saturday, July 2, 2011

PPA100 - Clear Embossing

Happy 100 to the Pals Paper Arts challenge site! The challenge this week is to showcase a favorite technique. My favorite thing to do is clear emboss for a tone-on-tone look, paired with clean and simple card design. I put this together last night - the hardest part was coming up with the colors! My goal was to showcase the technique and leave it at that.

My 12 year old declared it a masterpiece. She said she wanted it for her birthday, then started talking about Warhol. ???!!! Hello? She's 12! (And of course she was right, that was the inspiration.) Then we had to talk about some of his more famous pieces... and the conversation deteriorated from there. We were, after all, having a Parks & Recreation marathon via Netflix. I had at one point considered using NO sentiment and just making a 4.25" square card but I just couldn't do it.

This is a standard 5.5x4.25" card. The squares are each 2x2. To ensure the colors all came out in one big square, I mounted them on a 4" piece of cardstock before putting it all down on the card front. I used markers to match the card stock to color the music notes and bird on the sentiment. I'm getting as much mileage as I can out of that hostess set before the mini ends! OH WAIT. That doesn't happen until the end of August. LOTS of time! :) I also had to use some brand new items from the 2011-12 catalog, the new In Color Calypso Coral and the Delicate Doily set - which had been on backorder and showed up on Thursday!

Anyway, hope you like it, it's definitely simple but I love the way it turned out.

All supplies Stampin Up:
Stamp Sets: Delicate Doilies, Swirls & Curls Verses
Card Stock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Versamark, StazOn Jet Black
Markers: Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Other: Clear embossing powder, XL Oval Punch


  1. Love the colors you used on this pretty card! Great story to go along with this masterpiece! Thanks for joining in the fun at Pals Paper Arts!

  2. Can't wait to try this technique. Simple, but very impressive. I love that little singing bird stamp. I needed that for my "bird-day" card.