Thursday, October 6, 2016

Embedded Embossing with Herbs (say what?)

"Lo non cucino spesso" means "I don't cook often" in Italian. However, I not only have stamping supplies on my kitchen bar right now, I had some Italian seasoning sitting by my stove from making some spaghetti yesterday. (My hubby was thrilled to have a home cooked meal!) Have you ever looked, I mean really looked at the variations in color in that particular seasoning blend? I looked at it closely this morning as I was putting it away. I saw some of my favorite Stampin' Up! colors represented...Always Artichoke, Old Olive and Soft Suede. I decided to try an experiment using the seasoning and White Stampin' Emboss Powder. All products Stampin' Up! with the exception of the McCormick Italian Seasoning. 

The top layer is watercolor paper. I masked off an area in the top portion and tapped Versamark on that area. Before applying the embossing powder, I sprinkled some of the Italian seasoning on the area. To apply the embossing powder, I just used a small plastic spoon and sprinkled it all over the area. I heat embossed it from underneath the paper instead of the top of the paper. Once the first layer of embossing powder was heat set, I sprinkled a bit more on the area while it was still warm and again, heat embossed from underneath. If you try this, you will be amazed at how much of the seasoning is actually embedded in the melted powder. 

Using the inks I mentioned above, I loosely watercolored the areas above and below the embossed area. I die cut 2 leaves with the Vintage Leaves die, one from watercolor paper and one from Soft Suede paper. I watercolored the top leaf used a texture stamp from the Touches of Textures stamp set. I lightly embossed the edge of the top leaf and one of the Classy Designer Buttons with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, before wrapping the leaf duo with some of the gold baker's twine from the Baker's Twine Trio shown in the holiday catalog. I used a sentiment stamp from the Remarkable You stamp set at the bottom. 

I know this card is a bit crazy with the Italian seasoning thing, but I have a blast when my bizarre brain comes up with some of these ideas!

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  1. Absolute genius - thanks for sharing! :)

  2. YOU are remarkable! I hope none of my card group sees this so I can case for our next get together. They loved your pumpkin Thoughtful Branches card that I showed them last time they were here. Thank you for sharing your talent and I totally understand seeing Stampin' Up colors in items as well as stamp Have you tried the technique of my featured post on my blog? We did that at our last card group at my house and the ladies loved it!

    1. Thank you so much Karen! I will check out your blog and the technique you are referring to.

  3. Wow, Kim, this is so pretty - and amazing! The Italian seasoning really is in SU colors! Great job!

  4. What a perfect sentiment for this amazing card! Your imagination is fantastic! Always Artichoke is my favorite under appreciated greens! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a perfect sentiment for this amazing card! Your imagination is fantastic! Always Artichoke is my favorite under appreciated greens! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I can't even find the words for all the thoughts swirling in my head! How crazy? Food? WTH? Heating from the underside, too? (your) Brainy idea?..... LOL Well, what fun to try something clever and new, for it to work wonderfully, and to have created such a wonderful and pretty card! :) TFS! xox

  7. Wow! There's always something new and you came up with a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. what a lovely card--and great idea to use a little spice (or is it herb!!)


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