Stampin’ Up! recently announced the list of retiring products. Several of them are on sale and are available only while supplies last. The best way to see an updated list and view the sale prices is to go directly to Stampin’ Up!’s website.
One of my all time favorite stamp sets and coordinating framelits is retiring: Botanical Blooms. I love the tropical flowers and leaves in this set!!! As of the date of this post, the stamp set is 25% off and the framelits are 50% off!!! This is a set that I will NEVER part with, retiring or not, that’s how much I love it. This weekend, I decided to break it out again and use it in combination with one of my favorite techniques — glass embossing.
Glass embossing is where you cover the entire die cut with clear embossing. It gives the die an overall shine that makes it look like it’s made of glass. It’s a little time consuming, but oh so pretty and worth the effort!
For this card, I embossed all the flower and leaf die cuts.
Prior to embossing, you’ll want to prepare each piece by stamping, sponging, watercoloring, and curling them. I suggest curling each die with a Bone Folder prior to embossing. While the embossing process may slightly flatten the dies, it’s pretty easy to re-shape them. However, if you try to curl after embossing, it can cause the embossing to crack.
For this card, I used Garden Green and Cucumber Crush cardstock for the leaves, and Shimmery White, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Delightful Dijon cardstock for the flowers. Then, I stamped the leaves with Garden Green ink, watercolored the white flowers with Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo ink, and sponged the rest of the flowers with Real Red, Tangerine Tango and Delightful Dijon ink using Sponge Daubers.
The embossing process can be a little messy, but I say dive in and have fun! Start with the larger die cuts to get the hang of the technique and have some tweezers handy to hold the smaller pieces. For the larger dies, I held my Versamark ink pad upside down and pressed it onto each die cut until well saturated. Then, I carefully poured Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder over the die and heat set. If you hold the Heat Tool vertically above the die, it should stay put. For the smaller die cuts, I found it easier to press the die into the ink pad with my fingers. (This is the messy part!) Then, I dipped each die into the embossing powder and held it with tweezers while I was heat setting so the die would stay put. If a die flies away or gets messed up, simply add more ink and embossing powder and heat set again. It should melt and correct the problem.
To finish off my card, I used Shimmery White Paper for the top layer. After cutting it diagonally with the leaf die, I painted a watercolor wash with Cucumber Crush ink. Later, when I finished assembling the whole card, I added Garden Green splatters by holding an Aqua Painter over the card and whacking it with a Bone Folder. For my Suite Sentiment, I stamped it with Garden Green and quickly added clear embossing powder so it would coordinate with the rest of the card.
Supplies used on my card:
Have a wonderful and creative week, and be sure to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s retiring sale!