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She graciously shared the directions with me, and I'm sharing them with you!
The emerging color technique is really quite fun to do. Start by stamping some solid images in a couple of different colors on US White or Vanilla. Next, stamp some other images randomly over the others using VersaMark. While the VersaMark is good and sticky, sprinkle on some Clear Embossing Powder and emboss. Take a foam brayer and ink it up good with a really dark color ink, brayer this evenly over your stamped and embossed cardstock. Anywhere you have the embossing, the ink will be resisted and the
underlying colors will show through. Keep brayering until you have the cardstock covered to your satisfaction. I like to make it pretty dark. Use a Kleenex to wipe off excess ink from the embossed areas.
There is one more step you can do if you like [not done in the previous card], you can stamp a final image over the top of everything in an even darker ink. Wipe off the excess ink from the embossed areas. Here's a link to another card I did way back in October that will show you how the last step can
If you would like even more inspiration, search the gallery for 'emerging color'
Have fun! I hope to have more time this week to leave comments on your cards, or even just look at them! The unpacking, getting settled, and entertaining the kids now that school is out is taking up all my time!
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and smarter than you think.
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When you stamp the first ones in a couple of colors (prior to using the versamark) are they in Classic or Craft ink? I am anxious to try this--sounds alot like emboss resist. Thanks for this challenge!
Wow! I'm so honored that Beth choose to highlight my cards for the technique challenge this week. I did get the idea from someone else on here first. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's creations with this fun technique!
I thought I'd answer Kathy's question on here too in case others were wondering. You can use Craft or Classic Inks to stamp your underlying images. If you use Craft Inks, just be sure they are completely dry before sprinkling on your Clear Embossing Powder. Otherwise the EP will stick to the Craft Ink too and you'll get a totally different look! Check out the second link that Beth posted in the initial post and you'll see what I mean! I used some Craft Ink on that one and didn't wait for it to dry (patience not being my long suit ). I decided the mistake was okay in that case since it added more texture and looked like crumpled fall leaves. It wouldn't work well with some images though.
Thanks, Beth! Have fun everyone! I can't wait to be inspired!
I have a question...when (if) you stamp a final image over everything, can you stamp on the embossed parts or do you need to avoid them? I tried and got a slippery mess. (I have very little experience with embossing.)
Again, I thought I'd answer here in case someone else had the same question as Michele (by the way, great spelling of the name!).
If you stamp a final image over the top of everything, you can stamp over the embossed areas too. Actually you kind of want to as this gives a cool "disappearing image effect" when you are done. Just stamp carefully as the embossed areas will be slick. After stamping, carefully wipe the excess ink off the embossed areas with a clean tissue. Where you have embossing, the ink will not stick, where you didn't the ink will soak in. Makes a very cool effect.
I really like this technique!! But I didn't feel like dragging my brayer out, so I used a cotton ball. Instead of pouncing it, like a sponge, I rubbed it across the card... cotton really holds ink well, but doesn't suck up the ink. So they're a great alternative if you don't have a brayer for techniques like this.
I did something cool in the past which I consider a variation of emerging color. Instead of randomly putting color down and then randomly clear embossing images over top of that to get a somewhat abstract design, this is what I have done:
Using a 2-step stampin' set, stamp the smaller of the two images with color.
Over-stamp with the larger, corresponding stamp with versamark and clear emboss. Brayer, sponge or as Darttella did, use a cotton ball to put color over all. This gives a more deliberate look than doing it randomly.
I don't know how to post a link, but I have 2 examples of this on the first page of my gallery. My card entitled "TT set sampler #3" was cased from Porchlight who cased it from StampinFlo. For "Pink on Pink", I used Watercolor Garden 2.
I didn't like it at first, but it is growing on me. I have enjoyed looking at all the posted creations while I was waiting for it to upload, thanks for always providing challenges that take me out of my comfort zone. I know all these challenges are slowly making me a better stamper. I also try to pull out a stamp set that hasn't been loved in a while to complete the challenge, so I am using more techniques and more stamps!
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Okay, I am going to try and post once the kiddos are in bed. I have been anxious to play all day but I offered substitute daycare to 2 kids this week so I will have to find time to stamp at night. I am itching to use my new Mixed Bouquet...I think it will work with this technique.
Here's mine. Not sure if I really like the card. I think I'd like it with a lighter color on top. So, I'm gonna play with it some more when I have time. I also can't figure out how to put the card into the post like you all do. I always save it to my favorites, and pull it out from there.
This is my second attempt. The 1st color combo was awful. This was a little better. I don't have a sponge brayer so I had to use the hard roller. I don't think I got as smooth coverage as the sponge brayer would have given.
Location: On the verge of greatness and the brink of insanity!
Okay. It took me several tries to get the hang of this, but I really like how it looks when it's done "right" so I will keep trying. Thanks for the inspiration, Michele, and the suggestion, Beth. Also, thanks to Dartella for the great idea about the cotton balls and to Kathy S. for pointing out how cool it is to do the embossing to match the images!
To answer Kate and anyone else who may be wondering...Yes, this is very similar to Joseph's Coat except you don't brayer the underlying color on. Instead you randomly stamp it on with a stamp (or two or three or...). It works best if you use a solid image stamp, but you don't have to. For instance, take a good look at the "too cute" baby card that Jus Colorado just posted above. I believe it is her 3rd link.
Just experiment and have fun! Be sure to post what you create so we can all see it. I'm lovin' everything that has been posted and have gotten some great ideas!
This was a new idea for me and my first attempt needs a little deeper color for the top layer, so I'm going to post this for now and try again later in the week and see if I can get more of what I was mentally picturing. I'm not totally sure I did it right, but do want to try it again. I do like the overall effect on the cards I've viewed, you gals are very talented. http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...cat=500&page=1