Happy Anniversary – Embossed


Today's card is for two challenges: 1) Pals Paper Arts (embossing); and 2) The Paper Players (sketch).  Today was one of those days where I just wanted to spend extra time in my stamp room – it's a dreary day here in Atlanta – cloudy and rainy – and my stamp room was just the place to escape :).

So, I spent some time on today's card, but I'm happy with the finished result!  I tried a few different things I haven't tried before.  First, I dry-embossed the card base with the Square Lattice embossing folder, then took my VersaMark pad and lightly pressed it against the raised embossing.  Then I sprinkled it lightly with gold embossing powder and heat embossed – it turned out beautifully!

For the focus of the card, I heat embossed in gold the flowers from Fifth Avenue Floral and tried my hand at watercoloring again – this time with markers and that might be my favorite way to watercolor!  Then I cut out each flower with my paper snips and added them to the card with dimensionals.

The last thing I tried was adding the ruffled ribbon border to the edge of the Designer Series Paper – this was really easy with a little bit of Sticky Strip adhered to the back of the DSP.  For the final touches, I added a little pearl to the sentiment and a little loop of ribbon behind it to tie it in with the ruffle.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Stamp Sets  Fifth Avenue Floral, Four Frames, Something to Celebrate (Hostess)
Ink  Not Quite Navy, Bravo Burgundy, VersaMark, Markers for Watercoloring – Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango
Paper  Not Quite Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Paisley Petals DSP, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper
Accessories  Bravo Burgundy 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Pearls Jewels, Gold Embossing Powder, Decorative Label Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals


17 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary – Embossed”

  1. Dreary day here in Savannah too….love this card…I'm working on a project for USTamp and was going to watercolor same stamp set….did you use a blender pen after you used the markers? Would love to know….flowers turned out just gorgeous….check out my blog…just posted cards yesterday watercoloring flowers from "Going Green" stamp set using the colored flowers and the blender pen. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful!!! The colors you used are so vibrant and work so well with the dsp. And I like the technique with the embossing powder – must try it.

  3. HOLY COW! This card is amazing! I LOVE the textured background with the gold touch on it… I'll definitely have to try that myself! Oh, and those watercolored flowers are breathtaking… KUDOS to you for cutting them out – it. looks. fabulous! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  4. Hi Julie! Wow, you really brought some sunshine to the rainy day you are having with your beautiful card! Gorgeous coloring on your flowers! They compliment the DSP perfectly, wow! I also really like that pleated-ribbon border. Thanks so much for playing along with The Paper Players again this week! 🙂

  5. Julie, what a pleasure to get extra time in your stamp room. It's amazing how gloomy days can really make us want to retreat there! I love what you did with the embossing folder. the addition of the gold really adds a fabulous aspect to your card. Perfect for an anniversary card.
    So glad you joined the Paper Players again this week.

  6. Holy cow, Julie! This is a stunner! I had to look carefully at first saying to myself…did she really gold emboss the square lattice folder? Wow, what a great look paired with those gorgeous flowers it gives a classic cloisonne look. Just beautiful. So glad you could join us again at the Paper Players! 🙂


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