Saturday, August 22, 2015

ClubScrap's Woven Strands Meet Twinkling H2o's

While playing and stamping with this stamp set, I remembered seeing a post about Twinkling H2O's embossed with  gold and on a black background and decided I needed to give it a try.  So here is my results.  I am very pleased with the finished card.
Gold on Black: a winning combination.  Add a little sparkle: Magic
Let me take you through the process.  This is a very simple card but has a lot of little details.

Started with randomly stamping in gold ink and heat embossing in Gold.  
First I just stamped different patterns with the stamps and when I found a pleasing combination and pattern, stamped in gold and heat embossed using Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing powder.  On the left side, you will see some coloring.  I had thought to color the background, but it seemed to detract from the simple elegance that black on gold gives.
Chose area that I wanted to use and trimmed out
Now time to move onto the focal image.  I would like to stop here and discuss embossing powders and why I chose what I did.  I wanted clean crisp lines with space for the Twinks.  The only combination was a solvent or pigment ink and a fine detail powder.  I ended up using Archival Brilliance in Gold with the Ranger Fine Detail Embossing Powder.  Other combinations worked, but the line was either too thick or the image not crisp enough.  A lot depends on what you want the final image to be.  In my next posting I used a different combination for a different set of reasons.  I say this, as we seem to get caught up in who is using what.  What really needs to happen, is "What do you want" and why.  Then make your choice.  Even a change in paper will produce a different result.  Experiment and let your eye choose.

The embossed image.  You can appreciate the fine crisp lines here.  Note the white "halo" in the back.  When you are working with this much detail, try different methods of antistatic, they all work a little differently.  Here I used plain baby powder, aprinkled onto the card and dusted off with a blush brush.  No stray powder.
Time to paint.  I used 3 Twinkling H2O's :  Lucky Apple, Lemongrass and Autumn Butternut.
A small amount of water was added 5 mins before painting to give a thick but fluid paint that stayed nicely inside of the embossing.  
Cut with a Spellbinder die, baby powder removed and matted with  gold cardstock, also cut with the same die set.  
Sentiment: Also embossed in the same manner as the focal image.  The matting and tag was trimmed to finished dimensions.
To complete the card: A mat was cut from Gold Card-stock for the back ground, and mounted on a 5x7 black Card Base.  The focal image and sentiment were adhered using Fun Foam!  Done

Finished views:

Club Scrap
 Club Scrap:

Tree and Thank you: Woven Strands Collection by Club Scrap
Twinkling H2O's

Tree and Thank you: Woven Strands Collection by Club Scrap

Twinkling H2O's

Other supplies:
Paper: Bazzil:  Black linen weave, Gold: Ranger
Embossing Powder:  Ranger Fine Detail Gold
Ink:  Archival Brilliance: Gold
Fun Foam, Scor-tape for adhesive
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Imperial Gold: Gold Circle One:
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Imperial Gold: Gold Circle One: 

Until next time:
Happy Crafting


  1. Josette, this came out amazing! Love this technique and will have to give it a try with some of my art mediums on hand!

  2. Lovely - the Twinkling H2O's are perfect for this - such a striking image.

  3. That is sooo breathtaking, Josette!

  4. What a cool card, love that technique!

  5. Very pretty--just love the metallics on black! Thanks for hopping and inspiring!