So how's your day going?  It's a sunshiney day here in Canberra (Spring is in the air, I can feel it).  I'm home today with my almost-4 yr old little man who's recovering from a bug, and I'm taking a break from my uni assignment which is due later tonight.  2359 hours to be exact (yep that's what it says on the subject guide!!).  So I thought I would show you what we did with our leftovers from the demo I did the other week.  We had a few pieces of the embossed layers left over and the ladies wanted to see the card with some green added (Christmas colours of course).  So here's what we did, with a little explanation here and there!

The first card (on the left) shows the Poppy Parade embossed layer matted onto Soft Suede and then Kiwi Kiss.  These colours are rather contemporary Christmas colours don't you think?  I'm pleased how the colour combo turned out, although I would think it's pretty much a Christmas combination only.  Of course I added some bling!!

The second card (on the right), shows our experiment of brayering with ink on the wrong side of the embossed layer.  The technique we used really relies on the the embossing of large surface/raised areas and if you ink the wrong side, effectively you only ink up the outlines.  Of course the piece still looked good and we layered it with some Old Olive, Poppy Parade and Crumb Cake CS.  A bit of bling and that was that!

This card shows that you can save a disaster!!  This embossed layer demonstrates two problems with the technique - inking the wrong side and being much too heavy handed with the ink.  So to fix up the card (save it from the scrap pile), we used a strip of DSP (I think it was Bella Rose - long since retired) and added a Christmas bauble from the Contempo Christmas card set.  It looks like the card is how it should be, which is a great outcome!!

Here's what I used:

Stamps: Contempo Christmas
Inks: Poppy Parade, Kiwi Kiss & Basic Black
Papers: Whisper White & Glossy White, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake
Other: Scallop Border Punch, rhinestone jewels and Ornament punch.

So if you would like to learn some techniques, why don't you host a workshop.  You might even catch up on all your Christmas cards too!

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