Everything is Coming up Roses

Happy Memorial Day!

… So, as I mentioned a couple of times before, there was this demonstration at Seattle Regionals, see? And everyone went ga-ga because it was so original and the results are WOW! And now, everybody’s got to get their hand on the technique… and it was so different that I just had to try it, too. 🙂

The original uses the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder (don’t be fooled by the official name, it’s a folder, not a die!), embossing powder, and Shimmery White paper. You have to use the Shimmery White paper. It’s thick, so it will hold up to the technique. And, it’s coated, so works for what you do.

The idea is that you emboss your Shimmery White in the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder. Then, you brayer on some ink on the raised part (can be Whisper White Craft or VersaMark; I prefer Versamark). Finally, you sprinkle on some white or clear embossing powder (I used clear) and get out your heat gun.

Once you’ve got that, you get out a water spritzer (I use the Mini Mister from Michael’s) and spray your paper. Get it wet; you want water puddles inside the dry/wet embossed areas.

With your Aqua Painter, you then pick up ink from your re-inker (or ink pushed onto your ink pad lid, which I did). Touch your brush to the different puddles, and watch the magic begin!

You would usually use 2 or 3 ink colors. You should have a mix with a contrasting color scheme.

My first experiments were with Summer Sun, Regal Rose (or Rose Red), and Kiwi Kiss. They are kind of hard to see in this picture, sorry. I usually use a light hand because once the color goes down, you can’t get rid of it!

Watercolor Embossing, take 1

Watercolor Embossing, take 1

Watercolor embossing, take 2

Watercolor Embossing, take 2

If you want to watch a video on this, Patty Bennett has a great one. Click on over to her site here.

Now, another project that Patty Bennett came up with as an extension of this project is to brayer onto the BACK side of the embossed Shimmery White paper (so the embossing creates VALLEYS). The idea is to ink up your brayer, wipe most of it off, then brayer over to add color. Watch the roses magically appear!

Brayered Roses, take 1

Brayered Roses, take 1

Brayered Roses, take 2

Brayered Roses, take 2

As we (my mom and I) were playing with this, we actually came up with a few preferences:

  • Start with your lightest color, as Patty recommends.
  • Ink your brayer, but in a haphazard way (not evenly coated). Don’t worry about wiping off some of the ink (this was done for the second try above).
  • Brayer at a diagonal (corner-to-corner), so you can get all of the flowers in one swipe.

As you brayer over the embossing, the color gets removed and you are left with an outline that transfers to your cardstock. See the top of the first picture. This would be another cool technique that we’ll explore on some other day; kind of like a kissing technique! You do not have to worry about the stray marks, though. The idea is that the embossed images get cut out to be used as the focal point on a card.

I’ve been thinking…would I use this in a class or workshop? Probably not, unless everyone is somewhat “expert” and we have a lot of time. By the way, the first technique has to COMPLETELY dry before you use it. Mine has taken up to an HOUR to dry. Plus, I think all of the embossing (dry and wet) has to be done ahead of time. This would take up a lot of time as well, otherwise.

Anyway, for the brayer technique, it is kind of a pain to have only one brayer for everyone to share. As you can imagine, everyone either has to do the same color before the brayer is cleaned off for the next color. Or, each person keeps cleaning off the colors as they go. So, you would either need two or three brayers for this or LOTS of time and patience.

Now, the whole embossing powder thing for the original project was a little frustrating for me. I’ll explore an alternative method in the next post.

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