Friday, 30 July 2010

More Experiments with Boring Gold Card and Other Backgrounds

I've just had a go at the last piece of boring gold card, which I'd embossed with the Cuttlebug - the one on the left in this picture:

Embossed Gold Card

Here it is now:

Black and Gesso

and a detail of it:

Black and Gesso - Detail

What I did was to heat emboss the raised embossing on the card, by rubbing the versamark pad gently over the surface. As usual, even after using my anti-static pad, this was far from perfect! Anyway I went ahead and heat embossed it in black. It didn't look too bad, but it was a bit stark, so I painted gesso over the surface, and then before it was dry, I rubbed it away with a piece of kitchen paper, leaving it in patches. Then I used a small pad to ink over the top with archival black ink to pick out the raised embossing again. Finally I scrunched up a piece of kitchen paper and used it to ink lightly over the whole surface with archival black ink to dull down the white gesso slightly.

After completing this, I thought I'd take one or two photos of the experimental background cards I've done recently.

Misc Papers 1

Misc Papers 2

Here's a detail:

Misc Papers 3

Finally, here is another card for my Card Bank (on the right in the photo below), embossed with the Cuttlebug folder "Miniature Mosaic" which gives a lovely leather-like effect when inked with brown shades. In this case I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks first in Rusty Hinge, and then dulled down with Pumice Stone.

Papers 29 Jul


  1. OMG SHOSHI!!!! This is SO SO SO SO SO GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE all the detail and how vintage it looks!!!

  2. Beautiful...My wife will enjoy this post too. God's blessings. Lloyd

  3. I love your experimenting... I love love them...

  4. Perfect! I'm going to take my 20 packs of gold paper and work with it! I love what you've done, absolutely love the effect. Thanks for all the hard work.

  5. wow just love this effect it's gorgeous
    you have some great stuff on your blog i must pop by more often
    i'm a bit of a naughty blogger recently just haven't been keeping up at all but will try harder in the future lol
    keep up the good work
    gill x

  6. do you know i have just realised that it was you who bought my scorpal board as just looked at the youtube video and now it all makes sense i am thick sometimes aren't i
    so glad you love it they are great i only sold it because i have the hoogie board now so didn't need both of them so glad it has a good home
    love the post about the gorrilla i have chronic pain issues and it does so apply made me titter (wondered who was eating all my bananas thought it was one of ian's mates now i know who it was lol)
    bye again

  7. Lol at Gill! Nice to see you on here. I am loving the Scor-Pal! Thanks for your nice comments.

    Banana bills can get quite high sometimes can't they!!

  8. These are so beautiful!

    I would like to invite you to visit my blog. I would love to get your thoughts on some of my recent posts.

    God Bless!


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