Friday, April 27, 2012

feel better soon

My latest Blockheads DT inspiration project is one I created for the current Blockheads Paper Arts Challenge - Emboss Resist Technique Blog Hop! Come play with us! This technique is so much fun and super easy to do. My friend and design teammate, Colleen Dietrich, is hosting this challenge and has created a gorgeous sample! We are bidding a sad farewell to Colleen, as this is her last Blockheads Design Team project. She's decided to leave us to pursue other DT work. We will certainly miss her! :)

Visit the Blockheads Emboss Resist Technique page to see Colleen's tutorial for creating a colorful background over top of an embossed image that remains clear. To take our challenge the traditional way via your blog, create your own project, create a blog post that includes the link code below (this creates links to other participants) and submit your URL. To be fair to all participants, links that don't include the code will be removed. Be sure to submit your URL by May 21st for a chance to win a $25 Blockheads gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our design team.

Here's the link code:
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To enter this code after composing your post, switch to HTML editing mode by clicking the HTML button on the top left of your post, paste the code immediately following the HTML code already created by Blogger and click the Compose button again.

Note: If you use WordPress, which won't allow script tags, use this code:
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There's another way to take our challenge if you don't have a blog, and that is via our Facebook group! You'll need to join if you're not already a member, then all you need to do is post an image of your project on the group's wall by May 21st. The Facebook winner will get to pick out any 4" x 5" set of Blockheads stamps on cling cushion, and there are some awesome stamps to choose from!

I used one of the gorgeous flower stamps from the Blockheads Botanical Silhouettes stamp set as the main image and the sentiment from the Blockheads Verses-Special Delivery stamp set, and then created a colorful "chunky sponged" background over top of it using four Ranger distress inks. Love it! I cut my card base from kraft cardstock. I chose the largest flower from the Botanical Silhouettes stamp set and stamped it with Versamark on ivory cardstock. I embossed it with Ranger clear embossing powder. I randomly sponged Faded Jeans, Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord distress inks over top of the embossed flower, being sure to sponge some spots lighter than others and being sure to go off the edges, then I used Antique Linen distress ink to fill in any gaps between the colors. I inked the edges with each corresponding color of ink. Once I was satisfied with the coloring and the ink was dry, I wiped the embossed flower with a paper towel to remove any residual ink. I then mounted this focal image piece onto a slightly larger piece of ivory cardstock, then mounted both onto a slightly larger piece of medium purple cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner of the card base with the Dusty Concord distress ink and adhered the entire matted focal image piece onto the card base, centered above the sentiment. I finished the card with three medium flat-back pearls on the lower left and five tiny matching flat-back pearls on the upper right. I left the inside blank to write a note.


  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and kraft cardstock; medium purple cardstock
  • Blockheads Botanical Silhouettes stamp set
  • Blockheads Verses-Special Delivery stamp set
  • Ranger clear embossing powder
  • Ranger distress inks:  Faded Jeans,  Victorian Velvet,  Dusty Concord and  Antique Linen
  • Want2Scrap LeCreme flat-back pearls

I have another emboss resist project started using another stamp from the awesome Blockheads Botanical Silhouettes stamp set which I will post in a day or two. I have to tell you that the stamps in this set are perfect to do this technique, as the images are "beefy" and emboss very well which makes them stand out once you sponge your background! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time!


  1. Fabulous job on the emboss resist, Leslie! The colors are so wispy, and just right around the 'beefy' flower. LOL I love how you described it; made me smile.

    Thanks for playing in 'my' challenge, and I will miss you! OF course, I'll still see you around blog land. :)

  2. Great background! Did you use direct to paper method with the ink. Looks really good!

  3. Leslie, your Emboss Resist card is really beautiful and those pearls are the perfect touch!!


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