Sunflowers, watercoloring and the Iron Off embossing technique is what I have created for you all today complete with a how to VIDEO. Spring is in the air, flowers are starting to have buds, trees are slowly starting to get leaves…… At least that’s what is happening where I live. This will be my first time experiencing Spring in Connecticut (I relocated here from Florida last year)…. I am enjoying the daily temperature up here, in the 50’s. Not to cold and definitely not hot (where as in Florida it is already in the 80’s and 90’s)….
I created the card to the left and decided to make it again and this time film the process! 🙂 You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD by clicking HERE!
I used the Sunflower Garden Cling background stamp from The Ton stamps. It’s absolutely stunning. I love all of her background stamps. The designs are stunning and they really make pulling together handmade cards easy.
You may ask, why iron off the embossing powder? What is the point in that? I have two reasons!
- When you iron off the embossing powder, you are removing the shine the embossing powder leaves behind. In doing this, it looks like this card is either a print or is hand painted. That is the main reason why I do this technique a lot.
- Another reason is because you are able to stamp the sentiment directly over the image. If the background was still embossed, you wouldn’t be able to stamp over the embossed areas as the embossing powder will resist the ink. You COULD use a permanent ink like Staz-On but the background will not be smooth as embossing powders results in a bit of texture and dimension, so your sentiment wouldn’t stamp out clear and crisp.
If I decided not to iron off the embossing powder, all the brown areas of the sunflower image would be shiny and raised.
The card below, I stamped the image with just one color of brown ink (Dark Roast dye). I love that you create two different style cards just by using different ink!
I hope you’ll give the iron off embossing technique a try! This is the only way the iron in my house gets used! HAHAHA! 🙂