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August 29, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Happy Friday, everyone!  And welcome to another edition of share your spark fridays

Last week we pulled out an "old school" technique: watercoloring!  I hope you guys had as much fun with it as I did!  A big "thank you" to everyone that played along last week!


Be sure to check out what these ladies created!  So much inspiration and different ways to use all those different tools for watercoloring we bought and haven't used in a while!


This week, as Tracy says,  I'm "sparkin' old school" on ya' again!  This is a technique that, like watercoloring, you can use in a bunch of different ways!  Let's blow the dust off even more of our old supplies and tools ...

Create something with embossing!

I know you're all thinking you have to dig out your heat gun (or don't have one), but that's not the only embossing technique out there.

Here's what I made ...

See the white spider webs?  I made those using a technique I know as a variation of "emboss resist."  And here's the cool part: no heat gun and no powder involved!

On white cardstock with a glossy finish, I stamped the webs using a Versamark "watermark" stamp pad (I call it "embossing ink").  Then inked my brayer with a gradient ink pad and went right over the webs!  The ink resists the other ink and I'm left with cool, white webs!

Then there's the spider layer ...

Because I wanted the spiders to sit on top of the web (and also because of the resist), I stamped them on a piece of thin acrylic cut to the same size as the glossy layer.  (Note: Stamping on acrylic - or any clear medium - can get a little slippery.  I use my stamp positioner to hold my stamp in place so it doesn''t move around on me.  And only StazOn ink will work properly.)  Once that was done - time to put it all together!

I have to really think about how I'm gonna' adhere clear elements (to hide the adhesive) and generally attempt to think it all out in advance. In this case, I knew I wanted a label in the bottom corner and that would be how I'd hide it!  I used dimensional tape to pop-up the label, attaching it to the front of the clear piece.  Then added adhesive to the back of the clear piece, but ONLY behind the label.  And that's enough!

(And this is where I have to say that I love my Birthday Builder set SO much.  I use it ALL the time for so many different reasons: the "31" on my label for instance.  It's a REALLY versatile set to have.)

Now it's your turn!  I'm looking forward to seeing how you use embossing this week!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a comment on this post with a link to what you make!


a*muse stamps used ...
"3" and "1" from the birthday builder set
label from rectangle frames set
"halloween" masked from black cats prowl
tiny spider

paper ...
a*muse orange crush notecard
stampin' up glossy cardstock
grafix .007 acrylic sheets

ink ...
stazon jet black (spiders)
versamark watermark ink pad (webs)
memento tuxedo black (label frame & "halloween")
memento tangelo ("31")
kaleidacolor desert heat


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Amazing! Great card!!

This card is spectacular! I don't own a brayer, but this looks like something fun to try.

WOW!! This is super cool Heather!! I love it! :)

So cool! I just love your halloween style! Thanks for the tutorial on the embossing. I don't have a brayer (it must be like the one thing I don't own), but this sounds like fun!

Fantastic card!!!

Love your card, Heather. How clever to stamp the spider on acrylic! It just dawned on me that I could use the hog card for the embossing challenge, so here she is. Since it's a "her", I guess she would be called a sow. :-P


That card is awesome!! I'm going to try to play this week! I miss *sparkin'*!!

Love this card, Heather! All those little elements are so amazing! Can you believe I have a brayer, but have never used it? Maybe I can break it out and do some more "old school" for this challenge, lol:) I will be back with my card soon. TFS: Tinla

OK, so no brayer on the card (couldn't find it...insert sheepish grin here), but I did get my card done:) http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1037147?cat=500&ppuser=90425
It was alot of fun breaking out the embossing buddy and the pwd!! Thanks for a fun challenge! Have a great night:)

this card pretty much rocks the house. I love it Heather and all your other great cards.

Thanks for this challenge Heather! I haven't embossed in forever! :) I went with dry embossing: http://simplycaffeinated.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/08/triple-challenge.html

What a fun idea! I love your card. I also LOVE embossing and have tons of stuff...so I'm gonna play play play!!

This card is INCREDIBLE Heather!! There isn't anything you can't do with that birthday builder set girl!!

Here's my card for the challenge. Thanks for helping me get out of my stamping rut!



Had a lot of fun making this challenge, Heather! Dragged out a technique I hadn't done in at least a year. Thanks!


I love this card so much! You have inspired me to get the birthday builder set because, good grief, it just goes with absolutely everything!

My humble submission is very "old school" plain old embossing. It was fun to get it out and use it after ages of not using it! Thanks for the inspiration!


This was a first for me--Thanks for the spark! Loooove your card---I want to be you when I grow up! Tracy

Hi Heather! Love your design. I was wondering, where is the best place to get acrylic sheets?

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