Sunday, July 11, 2010

Embossed

I've always been fascinated by some of the things people have done with embossing and have wanted to try it. I finally broke down a couple weeks ago and bought a few things to give it a try.
Armed with paper, rubber stamps, ink, embossing powder and a heat tool I set out to experiment.
The first try.
 OOPS looks like I failed to read the tips about wiping the paper off with an anti static cloth to prevent those stray granules of powder. That's me though. Try first, read directions later. You can't tell from the picture but the embossing gives it a shiny, slightly raised look.
Second attempt. This time I tried it on a piece of cardboard with white ink and clear embossing powder.
 I like this picture better since it doesn't show where I screwed up here. 
There were a few other attempts as well, and I had fun playing. I'm sure that if I wanted to I could spend a fortune on supplies to do this. I may have to control myself and stick with what I have on hand. It does look pretty cool though and adds a nice effect. I'm sure I'll be playing some more.

30 comments:

Roschelle said...

Very pretty! You are so good at this type stuff. I bit the bullet the other day and bought a scrapbooking kit..yay!! It's still on the counter in the kitchen :(

Tanyia said...

I love the clear one! :) Embossing is fun!

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Anna said...

That looks like fun! But I thought you meant another kind of embossing, where the paper itself is raised. You can emboss printed pieces in a special press. Look at packages for purfume or bestseller-novels. They can be embossed.
Oh well, whatever you're doing, it sure looks pretty!
Hugs,
Anna

The Urban Cowboy said...

Hi Ann, what are your plans for embossing, or are you just playing with it right now?

Marg said...

That does look like fun. Do you buy different designs??? Would be fun to do a cat or dog.
Have a great Sunday.

Grace said...

That second one is pretty nifty. I like texture...

Jean said...

I like the designs. You do learn quickly!

Out on the prairie said...

I need directions to read directions.Looks real nice, you can use cheesecloth to wipe even though they make a tool.See you at Hobby Lobby.LOL

Audrey said...

That's wonderful!! I've never tried it either, but I would have done the same thing? If the directions don't come with photo's - I might look at them after the first or second try :)

Leeuna said...

Honestly Ann, you are so talented. Is there anything you can't do. I love the look. The second one is my favorite. I've never tried embossing, but it looks like fun.

tahtimbo said...

I think they both look great. I have to admit, I usually do first and read directions later, too :)

I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

FishHawk said...

Was there a lot of glue-sniffing in the process? If so, I might have to give it a try.

BeadedTail said...

Those are very pretty! What do you do with embossed things though? As for the directions, I'm one of those perfectionists who reads every line of the directions before attempting anything. That might be one problem that I have with just being creative - no directions to follow!

gayle said...

You are so talented!!

Ann said...

Roschelle that sounds like something I would do. I buy something and let it sit there until I get bold enough to try it :) I'm sure whatever you make will be fabulous

Tanyia Embossing would probably be even more fun if I knew what I was doing and had a ton of stuff to play with :)

Anna, I've done that kind of embossing. I have a cuttlebug machine that does that. It's a lot of fun to play with

Urban cowboy just playing for now. It seems I'm in a permanent state of play these days

Marg you can buy all kinds of different stamps and if you are artistic enough you can buy pens and draw your own designs.

Grace, I'm a fan of texture myself.

Jean I especially learn the mistakes quickly :)

out on the prairie I wish I had a hobby lobby close by, although I would probably drive us into the poor house...lol

Audrey oh I definitely need photos. I seriously think I have a reading comprehension problem...lol

Leeuna I'm sure there are plenty of things I can't do. And on top of that there are lots of things that I do but not necessarily very well

tahtimbo i always learn something better by the hands on method. I can't read about it first and then try it

FishHawk no glue was sniffed in the making, sorry to disappoint you

beaded tail that's a very good question. Most people would use them in scrapbooking or making cards. Me? I more than likely will let them all pile up in a box somewhere...lol

gayle, and you are so kind

LDH said...

I love the look of things embossed. I used to have the hot gun and other supplies to do that but I have this problem of always 'weeding out' and now I regret I didn't keep a lot of stuff.

VanillaSeven said...

Is that some kind of glue on the paper? I used to have that also. It can shaped many kind of interesting pattern.

Miawa said...

Dropped by to say Hi! It's been so long. I'm slipping slowly back into the loop and wanted to touch base.
Your site looks gorgeous.

June Zach said...

I could well relate to you when you said "Try first, read directions later." I am also like that. LOL

Good work on the second one! ;D

Have a fantastic week! ^_^

Jen said...

Hmmm...I didn't know anything about the anti-static cloth either. I just bought some embossing stuff a couple of months ago, and my first tries look exactly like yours with the little boo-boos everywhere :o) Guess I'd better find one of those cloths too!

Russ said...

Ann you are just too talented. Now another unfinished project. But don't worry we love seeing the pictures. Have a good week.

Lisa - Alterity Button Jewelry said...

Wow that looks great! I wanna do that :)

Donna said...

I have No clue...but it's Beautiful!!
hughugs

Anne said...

That is so cool. I love how you experiment with different crafts and share it with those of us who are not crafty.

Sharkbytes said...

Interesting. Sounds like the chemically raises part of the paper rather than mechanically deforming it. I like the second one.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

That is so cool, Ann. I really am in awe of your talents.

Angela said...

That is very pretty, and I love the design. I even thought the first try looked pretty:)

Ann said...

LDH, I wish I had your problem of weeding. I tend to save too many things that I "might" use someday...lol

vanilla seven it's an ink and then you pour the powder over it while it's still wet. The powder stick to the ink then you use a heat tool to heat the powder

Miawa I'm so glad to see you again, it has been a long time. Thank you very much, I just did a makeover on it. still a work in progress

Junezach yeah, it's a curse but I learn better that way...lol

Jen oh I am so glad I'm not the only one. thank you, you are my new best friend :)

Russ oops I went and did it again didn't I...lol

Lisa, I've seen some really cool stuff and had to try it out for myself.

Donna you have lots of clues, but maybe they are for a different subject...lol

Anne I'm a hopeless experimenter. The problem is that sometimes I spend the money to experiment and then figure out I'm not going to catch on and there goes some more money down the drain

Sharkbytes yep that pretty much is what happens

poetic shutterbug :) I'm in awe of the people who really know who to do this stuff

Angela I suppose it's not bad looking unless you're an expert, they would probably cringe...lol

B Boys Mom said...

This was one of my hobbies a long time ago. I think I still have all the stuff somewhere. I should find it. You make it look like fun.

Ann said...

BBoys mom I just wish I knew a little bit more about what I was doing...lol I think I need a whole new supply of stamps too, oh and some more ink and more embossing powder. Oh and some of those markers. STOP ME PLEASE :)

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