Hi there everyone. I needed to make a masculine card very quickly for a family member and so I went with my Couture Creations Grand Sunset Sails Embossing Folder which I have had for quite a long time but haven't used all that much. Unfortunately as with other CC folders they come and go and so not easy to source now. This card also gets my vote for the longest time to make an easy card. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong...lol. I will explain later.
For the card I used:
Square White Base Card.
Snippet of Blue Card.
Snippet of Silver Mirri Card.
Snippet of Dark Blue Card.
The Couture Creations Embossing Folder.
WOW Metallic Silver Embossing Powder.
Distress Ink Faded Jeans.
XCut Best Wishes Die.
The technique I used here was the inking up of the folder with Versamark before embossing it and then adding the Embossing Powder and heat embossing it. This particular folder has a lot of positive and negative on both sides of the folder so wasn't easy to choose but in the end I inked up the inside of the front using a brayer which helps to keep it on just the areas where you want it. After embossing I added the powder and heat set it. I have to say it wasn't totally covered but I decided it just had a slight random look, but after thinking about it for a bit I decided to brayer the Faded Jeans Ink on to the other parts of the scene which brought out more of the detail and seemed to finish it better. I did cut it down a bit and mounted it on to some dark blue card before mounting that on to my white base card.
I finished by adding the silver die cut sentiment which I had backed with Stick It adhesive.
If you are short of time or just plain bored please feel free to miss this bit......
Well, I thought I had finished but then realised after it had been sitting whilst I ran an insert off the computer, that I had mounted the scene upside down on the card. At this point I had about 15 minutes to make the post which luckily is just a short walk away. I tried to pull it apart but wrecked the base card, partially wrecked the backing card and slightly tore the scene itself. Well as you can imagine the air was blue and I thought well how am I going to get this in any state to send at all, having by this time missed the post. I ended up by starting with a new white card, stuck back the bit that had ripped from the topper, and I managed to stick back the bits that had torn from the back of the card it was mounted on to, and at this point I used some extra bits of tape on the back of the topper to help flatten it a bit, before remounting it, although it was looking a trifle bedaggled by this time. I decided to stick it to the new card and see what it looked like, and readded the sentiment which luckily came away from the old card base without any damage.
I hate to throw anything away and after it had sat a while, it began to settle and as you can see from the picture above it looks OK. I just wanted to make the point that it is possible to save something even when you think it is beyond repair! On reflection it would have been better to just cut the whole thing round the edge and leave it on the piece of white base card, especially as I had used double sided tape which when you want it to stick doesn't, and when you'd rather it hadn't stuck so well proves to be a tough customer...lol. It went in to the next day's post so was probably received late but better late than not at all.
Before I go I want to introduce who I believe to be a new follower called Sue whose blog you will find here. Without a photo they don't join the front of the queue of faces and it was only when I realised my number had risen that I did some investigating and came up with this lady so please do go and visit her wonderful blog as there are lots of lovely things to look at. If this isn't the correct blog then perhaps Sue you can let me know and I will give you a shout out.
Thank you for visiting today, and I promise my next post will not be so long winded.
I am entering the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 257 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
WOW Embossing Powder November Challenge.
The Male Room - No 49 ???Scapes - This is a seascape of sorts so hope this fits the brief. (Honourable Mention)