Sunday, January 31, 2016

Embossing with Frillie & Funkie!

I was thrilled to see the new challenge about embossing of all types at Frillie and Funkie this month!  I adore embossing, mostly using folders, but I also love my embossing powders.

I am intrigued by alcohol inks, and am determined to explore them more thoroughly this year.  As one of my tags for Linda's Christmas Tags challenge, I used some green and red alcohol inks on a very regular pattern, seen here.  I loved the result!

I am also a fan of luscious design, and own a number of intricate embossing folders, and wanted to try this technique on something without the regular pattern.  I love rich brocade fabric, even though I cannot imagine how to actually use it in anything!   This does remind me of such brocade - but here I turned it into a Thank You card for an old friend who sent me some lovely earrings out of the blue....

I started with Bristol Paper card, and covered this with Ranger's foil tape, without regard for wrinkles, as knew they would work themselves out once I sent it through my Big Shot with an embossing folder.

Next, I applied my alcohol inks in shades of deep pink and various blues - accented with gold fixative, of course!  I let the inks flow and pool...

 and used my heat tool to speed the drying.... it appeared the gold was lost.

I was pleasantly surprised, though, to see it emerge once things had completely dried. Unlike my last make with this technique, I did not sand, although the lighting here sometimes suggests that....

Here are some more detailed shots - I can't help myself as I love all this color and detail, lol!!  Feel free to skip ahead!

In this last photo, you can see that I edged the piece with gold embossing powder (from Ranger)....I did this several times to make it look aged and not as regular as it looked from using the Versamark ink pad along a straight edge which also had a straight margin from the embossing folder, which you can just see on the upper right of the above photo.

Once satisfied with the panel, I applied it to a black card made by folding an 8 x 11 inch piece of black cardstock in half....

and heat embossing once again with the gold powder a stamped "Thank You" from my stash.

I will of course enclose a note, but in the meantime, I am pleased with this card (as I am not a card maker by any means!)

I am entering this into the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and if you've time, please do leave a comment - I love reading them and hearing your thoughts, and am always glad to hear from you!

xxx Lynn


  1. Wow!!!! Beautiful!!! Wow!!! I will be studying this technique for a while!
    Thanks Lynn
    Sandy xx

  2. Mmmmmm! This is scrumptious! So much gorgeous texture and color and pattern here! I love that you double embossed using both a folder and gold embossing powder along the edges. That really completed the panel, and mounting it on a black mat was pure genius! I thoroughly enjoyed YOUR embossing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie "Enjoy your Embossing" Challenge!

  3. Lynne...this is mind blowing. Love the vibrant choice of colors. I am so inspired to try this. Thank you so much.

  4. Oh wow Lynn, the colours are sumptuous together and the extra embossing just looks amazing. Your card is so elegant and decadent, I love it! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. This is a fabulous art piuece.I might have to get out those inks I have just sitting on my shelf not knowing what to do with them.TH had some tips a while ago.I'll revisit. Thanks for this post!

  6. Beautiful! Love the colors and that embossing folder!

  7. Glorious work with those vivid alcohol inks - a background which really deserves its place centre-stage... stunning!
    Alison xx

  8. This is remarkable! I don't work much with alcohol inks, but this really makes me want to reconsider! Gorgeous piece!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! The embossing and inking you've done is fabulous! Thank you so much for joining us at The Frilly and Funkie Challenge,

  10. STUNNING!!!! Glorious color on the metal!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous Lynn, exquisite colours and that embossing folder is fabulous, which one is it? It is lovely! Deb xo

    1. Thank you! It is "Acanthus" by Anna Griffin for Cuttlebug....

  12. Your card is fantastic!!! I am such a fan of embossed foil and the folder you used is gorgeous! The pooled alcohol inks look amazing! Lucky recipient to receive such a lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. :)

  13. This is oh-so-gorgeous! The vibrant colors just blow me away!! Awesome card. Happy to be a new follower over here! Would love to have you pop by sometime!

  14. I agree about the intricate flourishes and designs-gets me to buy it every time! This is gorgeous and yummy! Wowzers on the colors and I do believe you are a card maker because this is amazeballs! Awesome sauce and so fun! Hugz. ~Niki

  15. Oh Lynn, you get me every time. Love it!!! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  16. Oh, Lynn, I'm not sure how I missed this one, but your card is just BEAUTIFUL! You make me want to get out my alcohol inks and play! And you ARE card just proved it! Lovely card to thank your friend for a gift of earrings! Hugs!

  17. This is so beautiful! I love all the detail!
    Catherine xx