I have a fun card and technique to share today that I know you’ll love. My sister brought it to my attention, and it’s all over the internet, so it’s definitely not an idea or technique that I came up with. However, I did give it my own twist when I embellished and completed the card.
This card was created with the Woodland Textured Impression Embossing Folder (TIEF.) I LOVE the way the aspen trees from the TIEF appear to be in front of the stamped trees from Wonderland. I looks super hard to do, but it’s in fact so easy, you’re just going to love this!
Start out this technique by placing Soft Sky ink directly onto the Sizzix side of the Woodland TIEF. I simply turned over my stamp pad and rubbed and patted until the raised portion of the TIEF was completely covered with ink. I was careful to ink only the raised portions of the embossing folder and not ink the aspen trees themselves.
Next, I took my Woodland trees and stamped them directly onto the Woodland TIEF with both Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow ink. I would NEVER have thought to try something like this. Whoever came up with this technique was a genius! I stamped the Woodland trees multiple times, pushing hard enough to ink the background, but not so hard that I stamped the indented aspen trees on the Woodland TIEF.
(If you’re going to try this, be sure to open the TIEF so the aspen trees are going in the right direction.)
Next, I carefully placed a piece of Whisper White card stock into the Woodland TIEF and ran it through my Big Shot using the Multi Purpose Platform on Tab 1. Normally, I use no tabs for a TIEF, but for this project, I wanted to really press the ink onto the paper, so I added Tab 1. And voila, this is what comes out!!!
I’m showing two examples below, one where I used two colors of ink to stamp the background trees and then one where I used only one color. These were my first attempts. I later realized that I should have cut my Whisper White paper down first to measure 5-1/4″ X 4″, which is what I used on my card. When I tried to cut down the ones below (after embossing them), they ripped and got ruined:(
I love, love, love this idea!
I tried a couple ways to add a little color to my aspen trees and found using Q-Tips provided the best results. I liked leaving my aspen trees fairly white so they contrasted with the background. I found that if I added too much Soft Suede ink, everything turned dark and the whole effect was ruined. So, adding just a little bit of Soft Suede ink to a Q-Tip and gently rubbing over some of the aspen indentations worked the best.
To finish my card, I decided to stick with rustic accents, including Linen Thread and a wooden Snowflake Element. The Linen Thread had the added bonus of not covering up too much of my pretty background! I created the tag with some Lots of Labels Framelits Dies and the Oh, What Fun stamp set. And, since it’s a Christmas card, I just had to add a little glitz with some Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder on my greeting and an Iced Rhinestone and some Gold Glimmer Paper. (I just HAD to!)
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You’ve got to try this technique! It’s one of the coolest things I’ve tried in a long time.