08 April 2019

Birthday Tea - embossing, die cutting

A lovely spot of tea for your birthday. My tea-full card features Impression Obsession dies with embossing from Emerald Creek.

Putting It Together

I love Emerald Creek embossing powders and their new lines with special effects. I picked up the new Magical Mysteries fairy wing kit a couple weeks ago and, with my experiments, discovered it can have a delightfully vintage porcelain look when it's layered thickly.

To emboss little die cuts, I attach them to scrap cardstock with repositionable adhesive. This gives the little pieces a handle to heat emboss safely.

The kit comes with a base that has a really lovely purple iridescence on its own. I embossed 3 layers of the base to give the pieces a lovely rounded look. I used Nuvo clear embossing ink for each layer by squishing the pad directly on the die cut. I use plastic packaging to protect my work surface from the sticky ink.

The kit comes with four pastel colours and a vintage gold very fine powders. After squishing the embossing ink on to the die cut, I used a small spoon to lightly add the colour powders. From playing with the kit earlier, for the vintage porcelain look, I discovered its best to add the gold after doing a layer with colours only.

I added the powders randomly before heat setting it. The colours and gold melt into the base to create a very lovely effect.

I repeated this on all of the die cuts except the tea bad and the sliver of tea. I used only the gold on the spoon after adding the base.

I used Copic markers on the tea sliver and tea bag.

Thickly layered embossing makes the die cuts into embellishment pieces.

I did a dry fit on a card base with a doily from some card kit of the past and a lovely Vintage Tea Party paper.

I used a tape runner to add everything to the white card base.

Inside, I used scrap from the patterned paper for a nice detail. I hadn't the heart to cut that rose.



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  1. Beautiful card. I love the way you heat embossed the small words and the teapot and cup. Pretty colors. Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

  2. WOW! Just beautiful! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes DRU’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

  3. So pretty..love the sparkle and shine!Thanks for joining us at the Dies R Us Challenge!

  4. So very beautiful and the porcelain look is awesome.

  5. Wow! I love how your teapot and cup turned out!! This is a gorgeous Birthday card!


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