Sunday, October 3, 2010

Monochromatic for The Paper Players {PP18}

Happy Sunday everyone!  It's another week for The Paper Players challenge and I am so excited to continue on board as Guest Designer this month!  October finally brings some cooler weather to Florida--and by cooler I mean pleasant [think 84 instead of 94](!)--so that had me thinking of fall colors.  This week's monochromatic challenge at The Paper Players is the perfect opportunity to highlight the SU Neutral color family with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  

For today's card I used a technique called "emboss resist" or "emerging color" to highlight the designer paper beneath the flowers.  This technique works best with a stamp that has a lot a surface area for the paper to peek through such as the Upsy Daisy set that I've used here.  First, stamp your image onto patterned paper with Versamark ink, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.  Next, fill a brayer with a coordinating color that is darker than your patterned paper and roll directly over the whole thing--paper & your embossed image.  Keep going!  You want to completely cover your paper and get a deep color.  When it's to your liking, wipe the ink off your embossed image and watch your pattern emerge within your stamped image...such a treat to watch...I know it's the little things that make me happy.  :-)

In keeping with the monochromatic theme, a slice of a Very Vanilla top note peeks out underneath the daises, anchors the image and holds a kind sentiment from the level 2 hostess set, Occasional Quotes.  

I wrapped the whole piece with some [retired] Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon and finished it off with another Vintage Brad--love those!  For more inspiration, check out the rest of the Players design team and their fabulous holiday cards.  We hope you'll join us with your monochromatic creations--I can't wait to see what colors you pick!

stamps: upsy daisy, occassional quotes
ink: early espresso; versamark
paper: crumb cake, very vanilla CS; bella bleu DSP [retired]
xtras: scallop dotted ribbon border punch; vintage brads; crumb cake taffeta ribbon; top note die; brayer; clear stampin' emboss powder


Anne Marie Hile said...

Oh my goodness, Nance is this ever gorgeous!! I love the neutrals and the emboss resist technique is just awesome! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the inspitration. Have a great day! :)

Christina said...

What a stunning technique! It adds so much interest to the monochromatic palette. Wonderful details in the scalloped trims, antique brad, and turned down corner, too!

LeAnne said...

Well, I am so glad you explained this technique; I was just at a loss as to how you got those flowers on there....I was hoping you didn't cut them all out!!! Egads! Sounds like a very cool idea, can't wait to try it. Just a lovely card.

LeAnne said...

I wondered how you did this....thank goodness it was a technique you used, not that you cut out all those flowers! Just BEAUTIFUL!

Ann Schach said...

Gorgeous, Nance! Thanks for explaining how to do this technique! A fabulous monochromatic card!

Diane - said...

Nance, LOVE this card and the technique. I've only tried it once, but mine did not look this beautiful.... I have to work on that. The card has 'vintage feel' with the turned down corner and the beautiful brad - it echos the paper. So beautiful.

jjcreations said...

Oh my word - this takes embossing resist to a whole new level. I NEVER would have thought of resisting onto DSP. I am SO going to snatch this awesome idea. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Carrie Gaskin said...

Nance, this is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! Yep, I'm yellin' online cause it's AWESOME! You are one talented lady.

jaydee said...

Nance, this is fabulous! I love the way you used this technique. The colors are restful and serene and really show what you can do with the earth toned neutrals. The brad is the perfect finishing touch. All round - gorjuss!

Linda Callahan said...

Could you come to my house?? I need a personal visit - I have had a brayer for about 10 years and it has never seen ink - I definitely need an intervention. This is a fabulous technique and a beautiful card!

June Houck said...

Nance, this is drop dead GORGEOUS! I have got to try this technique. Thank you for sharing and for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog :)