June 23, 2015


I first introduced you to a fun technique called Emerging Color almost a year ago in this post. Following is the card I included to accompany this introduction and tutorial:

At my most recent Stamp-In Workshop in May, I reintroduced the technique to my stampers with this card:

When I finished with the background of the card, I wanted to add a little "hello" using the Hello You Thinlits. 

First, I diecut the word from Mossy Meadow cardstock. However, when I held it against the busy background, it was sort of lost in the forest, so to speak. I then cut the word again from Coastal Cabana. Same thing. Grrr. How to fix this? 

Ta da! I decided to layer the word pieces, shifting them just slightly to give a shadow effect, and -- YAY!! -- it worked!

You can see in the following image the way the embossed parts look by the way they reflect the light. I just love all the layering and new colors that occur with this simple technique!

In the sample from August 2014, I used a brayer to apply the background ink. I did it differently in this current card. Would you like to know how I made it? OK! Here goes:

Flower Patch stamp set

Pear Pizzazz cardstock
Mossy Meadow cardstock
Coastal Cabana cardstock
Whisper White cardstock

Coastal Cabana ink
Pear Pizzazz ink
Mossy Meadow ink
VersaMark ink

Big Shot
Hello You Thinlits
Heat Tool
Embossing Buddy
Clear Embossing Powder
Stamping Sponge

Fold a half sheet of Pear Pizzazz cardstock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Adhere a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock to the card base.

Stamp the various flowers randomly across a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White cardstock in your chosen colors, cleaning the stamps each time you finish with a color. Try not to overlap the flowers at this point, except for stamping the darker centers in the large flowers.

Rub this piece well with the Embossing Buddy. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

In VersaMark, stamp the largest flower around on this piece, overlapping some of the colored flowers, but not overlapping the VersaMarked flowers. You can hold the paper at an angle to see where you've stamped the clear flowers.

At the Heat Station, dump clear embossing powder over the entire piece, tapping any excess powder back into its container. Heat the embossing powder with the Heat Tool until it is completely shiny and set.

Back at your table make sure the embossing is cooled. Once it is, sponge Pear Pizzazz ink over the entire piece in a circular motion. You can keep adding layers of color to make it darker, so start off softly and fairly light. Once all the unembossed spaces are colored green, take a tissue and gently wipe any excess ink from the embossed flowers. Adhere this piece to the card front.

Use the Hello Thinlit to cut two hellos, one in Coastal Cabana and one in Mossy Meadow. First adhere the green hello with tiny droplets of green glue. Follow with the Coastal Cabana hello, offset from the green one just a bit so it looks like a shadow.

There! Wasn't that fun!?!?



  1. I love this version. Now I have directions for both of the cards.

  2. This looks really good. I love the shadow effect! These colors are gorgeous as well. You do great work.

  3. Such a beautiful card! Really lovely!
    Thank you for stopping by and sharing your talents with us on Brag About It!

  4. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

  5. Simple, yet adorable! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  6. Beautiful card. I love the shadowing effect. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  7. Beautiful! This looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing this to our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  8. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!