Hello everyone! Anna-Karin here with a fun and easy dry embossing technique, and a whole bunch of Christmas cards.
I am always thinking of new ways to use my embossing folders and this technique is not only for Christmas, but will work together with any embossing folder. Most of the embossing folders and dies that I used are by Tim Holtz.
Start by embossing a piece of heavy cardstock. I used watercolour paper, because it handles wet techniques so well.
Paint the cardstock with gesso. Leave to dry.
Paint with slightly watered-down Distress Paint. I used Broken China and Salty Ocean. I like to use die packaging as a palette for paint.
When dry, sand off some of the paint from the embossed parts, which will become whiter. You get a gorgeous textured background which really showcases an embossing folder.
The gesso makes a big difference to how the paint reacts on the paper. Even before sanding, you will see that the gesso has resisted the watered-down paint to some extent and after the sanding the effect is even better. To show you, I did exactly the same thing on another piece of embossed watercolour paper, but without the gesso. That is the paper to the right. The difference is pretty big.
I used Tim Holtz new Ice Skates die together with the snowflake background. The skates were die cut from grungeboard and painted white, silver and black. I sanded and distressed the white part, and inked with Gathered Twigs, to make them look used.
The blades were coated with Glossy Accents and a sentiment was stamped on one of the skates. These really look like the skates I had as a child.
I was having fun, so I made some more backgrounds. All of them consist of watercolour paper which was embossed and gessoed as above. Here I used Chipped Sapphire and Broken China paint.
Packages & Bows were die cut from grungeboard and painted with Distress Paint. When dry, I sanded the edges and inked them with Gathered Twigs. The parcels were stamped with a text and a sentiment stamp.
These backgrounds look really great on their own and don't need a lot of embellishments, so you can make many cards quite quickly. The Mini Pine Tree was die cut from grungeboard, inked with Gathered Twigs and covered with Tarnished Brass Distress Glitter.
This is such a pretty embossing folder and it looks great as the main feature on a card.
For the holly background, I die cut a Holiday Wreath from grungeboard, painted it with Peeled Paint, sanded and inked with Gathered Twigs. The bow was also die cut from grungeboard, inked with Antique Linen and coated with Antique Linen Distress Glitter.
Place foam dots under the leaves to lift them.
For the last background, I used the Elegant folder and painted it with Victorian Velvet and Barn Door. Here you can again see the difference compared to an embossed watercolour paper without the gesso (to the right). I am sharing a finished card with this background on my blog, since I didn't want to make this post too long.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Grungeboard; Daler & Rowney watercolour paper; old book paper | Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Mini Holidays 5 |Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Barn Door; Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black |Paint: Ranger Distress Paint - Broken China, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Picket Fence, Brushed Pewter, Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet, Barn Door |Medium: Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Gesso |Glitter: Ranger Distress Glitter - Antique Linen, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Tarnished Brass |Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers, Black and Cream Trimmings, Linen Ribbon, Laboratorie Tissue Tape; Studio Calico Wood Veneer - Tiny Hearts, Tiny Stars; pearls, twine