Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Embossing...with a twist!

So of course everyone knows how to do embossing with embossing ink pads and stamps but there are other things you can use as well! My upcoming Embossing classes at Scraptivate starting this Saturday will show the girls how to use another couple of products to create beautiful embossed elements on their atc's...or cards or layouts or whatever!

The first is a wonderful pen by Papermate called an Erasermax. It's an erasable pen that seems to stay wet longer than an ordinary pen so you can rub it out if you change your mind about what you've written, previously only able to be done with a pencil. This is a ball point pen so your embossed writing is very, very fine! You write with it like you normally would, and don't say "I don't like my handwriting!"...try it, embossed writing looks cool! You could always get someone else to write it for you if you REALLY don't like your writing, or try printing, or all capitals or add some dots to the ends of your letters. The trick is you need to emboss straight after you've written as I'm not sure if it'll stay wet indefinitely. I've never bothered to find out, just write and emboss....beautiful! So here's a couple of samples using this wonderful pen, which of course, we sell at Scraptivate as they are pretty hard to get hold of elsewhere.


"Gothstrasized"...(the very delectable Ville Valo from HIM).


Here's a taste of Ville with Natalie Avelon singing Summer Wine...an oldie but a goodie.

"Desolation"... the fine lines are on the angels wings as well as on the large Gothic writing, you may need to click on it to enlarge it to see them clearly.


The second embossing technique I'll be teaching is using Embossing Web Tape. This is a very fine web tape that melts when you heat it and once again, working quickly, you dump the embossing powder on, tip off the excess and heat. You can apply more of the tape if it's not looking how you'd like but this stuff is very unpredictable...you have to accept it's going to go exactly where it wants to! Also available at Scraptivate.

"Rapture"...

"Hushed casket"...

These are the 3 raffle atc's using the embossing web tape as well.
"Promise, Hope and Dream"...
In my next post I'll have another book page to show from the Book Challenge that I'm taking part in for the Creative Soul Retreat that's coming up in about 6 short weeks!!! So looking forward to meeting Bernie Berlin, DJ Pettit and Stephanie Lee and having some wonderful arty time with my talented pals. I was lucky enough to be drawn as the person to choose the last theme for the book, I pondered much about it and finally decided on "Inspired by Song". I thought this gave the girls a fairly broad range of things to choose from, besides....I chose one of my favourite The Rasmus songs..."Not like the other girls". Will see if I can do a link to it in the next post, if youtube has it available that is! lol (silly statement, they have EVERYTHING on there!)

15 comments:

Dee said...

Everything is gorgeous as usual Kelsey. glad we're doing the tape as I have some and could never quite work out how to use it. One of my 'I'll get the hang of it' ideas back when I was a real newbie and wasn't even that good at normal embossing. Not that I'm that good now! But I am a wee bit better. C U Saturday.

~Barb~ said...

Wow, every piece you've shown here is fabulous! I am especially loving "Rapture"...OMG, it's awesome. beautiful work.
Peace & Love,
~Barb~

Genevieve said...

Loved the song as much as the ATCs. Ville has a Johny Depp look to him with a Nick Cave voice...ooohhh yummo. Must get myself a HIM CD, I often have the GPP street team site up as I'm working - great for inspiration.

Cheers!

Mischief Maker said...

Hi Kelsey,
That tape and pen look great. Can you set some aside for me before the rush from the classes? I can't make the classes anymore (sniff). If it was at 6PM on a Tuesday that would suit better. Anyway let me know if you put some aside and I will come pick it up asap.

chrisw said...

Wow loving that web tape effect..gorgeous

Chris said...

oh, my are you the PEN MAVEN, or WHAT?! This thing is required. I must have it. This is what I've wanted, after of course, peanut butter cups.

How cool that you get to meet those people.. but how COOL that they get to meet YOU.

KatieScarlett said...

I am definitely grooving on that web tape. I think it would be fabulous to use with Tim's Distress embossing powders on oh so many projects dancing in my head. Thanks again for more fabulous ideas.

Sam Marshall said...

Fantastic ATCs. I love that webbing tape-it looks so cool.
xx

michelle ward said...

*swoooooning*

Linda Cain said...

WOW! Everything is so wonderful! TFS!
Linda

Jen Crossley said...

Awesome work Kelsey,not long till your with the crozza.
You just keep getting better with age K your work is stunning
Jen

Renee said...

Oh Wow Kelsey these look amazing. I am off to look at scraptivate...love that shop!

Gaby Bee said...

These ATCs are fabulous. I love that webbing tape effect, it looks really cool.
Gaby xo

Judy said...

OMG
love the chanting music and that piece - Hushed casket - is awesome
xoxox

Judy said...

what is that music????
love it