Saturday, 26 January 2019

Splashes of colour

Our final January challenge at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is a technique - heat embossing.

I went for a simple design, using lovely stamps and resist embossing with distress oxides.

To start I stamped the designs and embossed with white powder.

This frame is Clarity, teamed with a wooden block tree stamp I've had for ages.

This script tree is also Clarity. (I realise these aren't the most exciting photos!!!)

Not sure who made this tree stamp, but I really like it!

For each I used a different combination of distress oxide colours. I added them to my craft mat, spritzed with water and dipped the card in.

The tree was a combination I've used before, wilted violet, picked raspberry and twisted citron, which give a gorgeous orange where they mix. This was one layer only, as I liked the result so much.

The script tree was bundled sage, aged mahogany and I think wild honey. I added second and third layers of the green and red to build up the interest and colour.

The frame one had faded jeans, peacock feathers and I think broken china. I added a little of the faded jeans over the first layer to add more interest.

On the script tree, I added a drop shadow with a very fine black pen, to define the words - it doesn't necessarily show but does make a difference!

To finish I cut to size, edged with one of the inks and a sponge, and added to a card blank.

This is my favourite I think, as I love the bright colours, and the areas of white and speckles at the top and bottom.

The blues have a lovely frosty feel, and I think both these stamps are so delicately beautiful.

To join in with the challenge, go to the 52CCT blog. You have until Friday 1st February to join in - have fun!


  1. wow Lucinda, comme toujours ta créativité me fascine, quel magnifique fond et quel magnifique résultat, biz

  2. These inks do make the most intriguing backgrounds. Late to the party, I have only just got some but I am having fun. I like this simple emboss resist. x

    1. Oh Alison, you have succumbed - they are a bit addictive! But I do think they are genuinely something different and worth it!


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