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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Emboss Resist Medallion Snowflake

card made with the background stamp called Medallion
This card is made with a technique called Emboss Resist. The concept is that you put something on the card, embossing powder in this case, which will "resist" the ink. For this card I started with a piece of white card stock and then embossed the medallion image in white. Stamp in either Versamark or White Pigment Ink, sprinkle with either white embossing powder or clear embossing powder, and heat set. I used white ink and white powder.

HINT: White on white is very hard to see. You should hold the card in a bright light and view it from several angles to be sure you've embossed the whole image. If you miss a spot you'll just smear the embossing powder when you add the color.

After you heat set the image, go back with a sponge and sponge on color around the image. Start out lightly because you can always go back and add more ink. I tried to make the center of the medallion look darker than the edges. I'm not sure how successful I was. The image on this card is a background stamp called Medallion. I love the intricate design on this medallion.  But given all the snow we've had recently in the Madison area I started thinking of the medallion as a snowflake instead. 

I saw a similar card done on Splitcoast that used a larger sentiment, and the sentiment was actually stamped over the medallion.  I decided to use something smaller so I chose a sentiment from a versatile little set called Short and Sweet. The little diamond in the middle is one of Stampin'UP!'s new self-adhesive rhinestones.  I think its just the right amount of bling on this card - not too showy but it adds a little sparkle. And I really appreciate these rhinestones being self-adhesive, it makes them SO EASY to use! 

So what do you think of this "snowflake" card?  I bet it would look just as nice done in dark green with a red gem in the center and then it could be a Christmas card.  I'll have to try that next time. All of the supplies used on this card can be purchased from my Stampin'UP! website.

Thanks for choosing me as your source of stamping inspiration and education. I'm here to help. Your choice to purchase your stamping supplies through me helps to support this website.

--Katie

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