I'm thinking outside of the box again (quite literally this time!) with the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments set. I've used the iron-off embossing technique to achieve a flat image that looks like it has depth and dimension, and extended the image beyond its frame.
I'm sorry I don't have a picture tutorial for you, but I got so carried away as I was making the card, I forgot to take step-by-step photos along the way! But it's a pretty straightforward procedure, so you'll be able to get the gist of it with these written instructions.
- Swoosh a card panel with anti-static bag.
- Stamp image with Versamark, apply clear embossing powder, and heat.
- Squidge some Distress Inks onto a craft mat or acrylic block. (I prefer acrylic block because it's completely smooth.) I used Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, and Dried Marigold.
- Pick up the ink with a wet paintbrush and apply as watercolours. The embossing acts as a barrier and allows you to flood and layer each section with colour, and you can tip the card as it's drying to help spread the layers into each other.
- Paint layers of colour around the outside of the box.
- Load the paintbrush with water and add to different areas of the border and you'll get paler areas. (Dab any areas that become too wet).
- When dry, lay the card face-up on a solid heatproof surface (I used an old melamine chopping board that I keep for such occasions) and lay a clean piece of copy paper over the top. Iron on a normal heat setting, (I found a regular iron, no steam, worked better than my craft iron). The embossing will melt into the copy paper leaving the stamped image on your card completely flat.
- Stamp a sentiment. (I used one from the Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Squares set)
- Mount onto dark card then onto your base card. I used black to pick up on the sentiment.
Here's a close-up:
Check out your stamps to see if you have any framed images that you can extend. I just love colouring outside the lines!