It’s Saturday, so it’s something new. To me? To you? To who? This is an old card which I did years ago, but you can bet your bottom dollar, there will be several who have never used parchment, or stamped on parchment, let alone embossed parchment!
It’s a fabulous technique, and it is very, very easy. All you need is:
Mouse pad from a computer (or an embossing mat)
Crochet hook (or an embossing tool)
We are going to look at Heat embossing versus Paper embossing.
Stamp the Feather and the Verse in Black Archival on Parchment.
Sprinkle with Detail clear powder.
Dust of excess speckles.
Heat emboss with a Heat gun. This will seal and raise the line art.
Which is not a bad thing on Parchment, because the ink takes ages to dry otherwise!
So how to get the white detail? Turn the paper over and work from behind with a crochet hook or an embossing tool. You need a softer surface than a craft mat for this kind of embossing, so a mouse pad is ideal.
You just have to stick to the same side of every letter with the verse, so that you throw a shadow, so to speak.
With the feather, you can add superb depth and contrast. Work gently and build up the whiteness gradually.
Always work from behind.
The background paper is simply a larger panel of parchment stamped all over with the matrix feather.
You can choose to heat emboss with powder,
or paper emboss with a tool,
or do as I did,
which was ink, blot plot!
Just using second generation ink, randomly stamping the feather onto the parchment, produced a quick and lovely background layer.
But if you just layer the artwork onto white card, guess what? Yep. You lose the whiteness you have created on the parchment.
Which is why I loaded it onto a black layer, to make the white pop.
Look at the difference here, between heat embossed and then paper-embossed, too. What a difference!
This is well worth trying. And black and white is always very classy, don’t you think? Have fun!