Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Contrast Embossing Blog Hop

Welcome to this group's first attempt at a Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 11 of us highlighting the "Contrast Embossing" technique on page 31 in the new Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you would like to start at the beginning, head on over to Debi's Blog.  While there, you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let's get started!

If you are coming from Carol's Blog, you are on the right track!  This technique is highlighted with the Lucky paper packet in the Idea Book, but you will find variations for its use through this hop.

My card uses a more subtle variation of contrast embossing.  The background behind my couple is 2nd generation stamped (meaning I inked up my stamp and then stamped on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on my project) so that it is a lighter color.  I didn't want the background to overtake my embossed couple.  Here's a close-up so maybe you can see a little better:

My background is 2nd generation stamped in New England Ivy ink and the couple is embossed in Cocoa embossing powder.  I used our fabulous Kraft cardstock along with the Wings Creative Basics paper pack.

If you would like to see details on the technique or my supply list, please continue reading below.  If not,  please continue on to Melissa's Blog where you will find more gorgeous artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think of my variation and happy hopping! :o)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Cocoa, Colonial White, Kraft cardstock; Wings Creative Basics B&T (X5812)
Ink: Cocoa, New England Ivy; Versamark
Stamps: Bliss (B1317) **Available EXCLUSIVELY with the Bliss WOTG (G1020)**
Other: Cocoa embossing powder (Z1246), craft heater (Z555); Labels One, Labels Eight dies (Spellbinders); Cappuccino baker's twine (The Twinery)

The steps to Contrast Embossing are:
1. Stamp background image on project.
2. Stamp additional images in Versamark ink.  Sprinkle contrasting color of embossing powder.
3. Tap off excess powder.  Set with craft heater.

Here is a visual representation of the technique: (click image to view larger)

Thanks for stopping by!  Head on over to Melissa's Blog to continue the hop!


  1. Heather, simply gorgeous! Love the look of this use of the technique! You did a fabulous job!

  2. Heather - classic, beautiful, stunning! I love the Kraft paper, too - the color is new favorite!