Monday, March 18, 2013

Love to Scrap Challenge #2: Emboss It!

Hello Scrappy friends! It is time for our second challenge at Love to Scrap. We just wrapped up our first challenge, Anything Goes, yesterday and the winner and top three can be seen here.

The Challenge
For our 2nd challenge which begins today, submit any type of project that uses an embossing technique. It can be heat embossing with inks and powders or dry embossing with die cut machines and folders.

I choseheat embossing and made this small Christmas gift. It is a clear pillow box that was leftover packaging from some buttons. I filled it with mini marshmallows to look like snow. I wrapped a belly band around it and decorated it with a wintry theme.

The Details
I stamped the background snowflakes using a clear VersaMark watermark stamp pad. I then added white embossing powder and heated it on watercolor paper. This is thicker and more absorbent that cardstock. 

I stamped some blue and purple Stampin' Up ink pads on my craft sheet. I then sprayed some water onto the stamped ink which made small puddles. I dragged my paper through the puddles and got a subtly blended watercolor effect in the background. I first tried using cardstock but the colors looked dull and muddy so I switched to watercolor paper. 

I wanted a soft muted look for my central snowman image so I used the leftover puddles of ink for my colors and painted it onto the snowman with a water brush. I thought Copics might be too stark as I only wanted a hint of color since the snowman is mostly white. 

The snowman is a digital image called, "Oops Snowman" as he is falling on that little rock next to his skates. It is a digital image from the sponsor for this challenge, The Crafting Boutique.  The rest of my stamps (snowflakes, sentiment, scarf wrapped heart) are from a Clearly Wordsworth set called, "13 Snowman" that I already owned, which matched the digi stamp perfectly.

Pillow Box - Clearbags
Watercolor Paper - Simon Says Stamps
Cardstock - Cutcardstock
Watercolor Brush - Niji
Craft Sheet - Inkssentials
Digi Stamp - The Crafting Boutique
Embossing Powder - Hero Arts
Glitter Glue - Ranger
Heat Tool - American Crafts
Spray Bottle - Inkssentials

Join the Fun
For more details about the challenge and to see the rest of the design team's projects, please see today's post on Love to Scrap. This challenge is open for two weeks, so get your entries in before Sunday, March 31st at 3 P.M. PST. If you have any projects with embossing on it, just link it to today's post. 

The winner will receive a $10 shopping spree at The Crafting Boutique and that will get you 5 - 10 items as everything is only $1 or $2. So get your crafting on.

I'm entering this in:
Sentimental Sundays - Challenge #146, Anything Goes
Lady Anne's Challenge - #6 Using Stamps
No Matter Which Challenges - #7 Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything but a Card
Love to Create - #57 Anything Goes
My Crafty Spot - #91 Embossing

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,


Cherished said...

Amazing project. Love the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

FiestyCrafter (Tina) said...

Great looking project!! Love the watercolor look you achieved, it is pretty.

Unknown said...

Love your little project here... great work with the snowman. Love it!

Leslie said...

This is so adorable! Who wouldn't love to get treats in this! So proud to be crafting with you on this DT! :)

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

Love how you decorated the pillow box. The way you colored the snowman was perfect. You did a great job.

Valerie said...

Your pillow box is super cute. Love it a lot.

Angelique said...

So cute. Thanks for explaining us how you've done the background!!!


Jen Mc said...

This is darling!

LB whosthischick said...

Too cute, just adorable little project

Julia said...

Super cute project and thanks for the link to the challenge! Love the ink technique you used with your embossing!

Fleursbydesign said...

So cute, love the embossing :)

Crystal Schneider said...

Such a cute project. That snow man is so fun.

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Hi Michelle,
Adoring your fantastic creation. I love it! TFS your tutorial and tips; I like to use watercolor papers on most of my projects, cheaper yet effective :) Thank you for joining us at Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge and hope to see you again soon.
[Lady Anne's Challenges DT Member]
[Qinaahana Arts And Crafts ~ My Personal Blog]

Kate said...

This is so incredibly sweet! What a fun way to reuse a pillow box. The muted tones are fabulous for this project!

Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

Small Bits of Paper

Sue said...

This is gorgeous. I love the design with such a cute snowman and pretty colours.

Thank you for taking part in the No Matter Which Challenge this month
Sue xx

Unknown said...

Cool treat container! Awesome snowman, and I love the background! Thank you for joining us this week at Love to Create Challenge Blog.
Ruza, LTC DT

Crafty and Green said...

Super Cute!! What a Great Idea!! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at Love to Create's Anything Goes Challenge!! We can't wait to see what you'll create next time!!

Many Blessings,

amanda phillips said...

Stinkin CUTEEEEE!! Thank you for sharing your creation with us over at love to create challenges.

JenniferD said...

Love your Sweet Snownan!He is colored beautifully.Great use of the leftover ink on the pillow box. Thanks for joining us at NMWC and hope you have a lovely Easter!

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