March 2, 2021


I'm not sure what made me think of this particular idea. Hmmm. But, it turned out to be a good one.

Being a collector of stencils to use with my Gelli Plate, I do have a lot of stencils, some of them more expensive than I'd like. When I discovered the Stampin' Up! Basic Patterns Decorative Masks, found on page 146 of the Annual Catalog, I was excited. Why? Because you get FOUR 6x6 stencils for SIX DOLLARS! 

By looking at today's card, can you tell where I used one of the stencils? And how I used it? 

I'm sure you realize that the beautiful gold pattern in the background of this card 
is where the stencil came in.

I laid the stencil onto Mossy Meadow cardstock, taping it in place. I then sponged through the stencil with VersaMark ink.

Once I was fairly certain that I had it evenly sponged, I went to the Heat Station and poured gold embossing powder on top of the stenciling. After tapping the excess embossing powder back into its container, I used the heat tool to do the embossing. 

When embossing a full piece like this, it can be tricky. One, so you don't burn yourself, two, so you don't get your fingers into unheated embossing powder, thus ruining it.

I guess if I did this again -- and I'm certain I will! -- I will make a piece larger than I need, trimming it to my desired size once the embossing is done. That way, it wouldn't be the end of the world if I (or you!) brushed off some of the powder by mistake. 

I thought the gorgeous sunflower from the Celebrate Sunflower set (page 13, Annual Catalog) would work well with this background,

After stamping the flower in black, I used Stampin' Blends to color it. The Blends I used were: Light and Dark Soft Suede, Light Pumpkin Pie, Dark So Saffron, Dark Mango Melody and Dark Daffodil Delight.

Once the coloring was finished, I fussy cut the flower, cutting right up to the stamped line. 

I tried several ways of presenting the sunflower, but none of  them really appealed. 

Finally, I adhered a piece of gold cardstock to the back of the flower, then fussy cut that, leaving just a smidgen of gold sticking beyond the black stamped lines. I loved the way that looked, but when I held it against the embossed background, it seemed to get lost somehow.

To remedy that situation, I mounted it to a diecut black circle. This turned out to still not be the answer.

The answer came by me crisscrossing some thin black ribbon (from a Paper Pumpkin kit) along with some gold cord (from another Paper Pumpkin kit) and attaching the ends on the back of the embossed piece.

Then, when I added the sunflower with Stampin' Dimensionals, everything was happy. Including me.

In trying to preserve as much of the embossed background as possible, 
I decided to forego any sort of a sentiment. 

To finish the card, I added a thin border of black cardstock to the embossed piece, then to a card base of Mossy Meadow.

What do you think of this technique? Are you tempted to give it a try? 



  1. What a beautiful card and I am so tempted to try it! I have made 5 cards in the past week playing around with my new sets and have been trying to stretch myself to try new techniques. I haven't used heat emboss in forever. Pinned.

    1. Thanks, Joanne! I still consider heat embossing one of the coolest techniques ever! It's like magic! Have fun with your new goodies!

  2. Your cards always amaze me. You are so talented! Thanks so much for sharing this at our Party in Your PJs link party.

  3. I love how you keep going till you are satisfied with how the card looks. It is beautiful and funnily enough I was reading the William Blake sunflower poem today. #MischiefandMemories

    1. Aw, thanks, Kate! And I love your reference to reading the Blake poem! Thanks for bringing a little highbrow to us!

  4. Beautiful card, and sunflowers are my favorite!

    1. Thank you, Michele! I love 'em too! Can't help but smile when I see them.

  5. You really needed to know your stuff for this project, Linda. You did a great job and I'm really drawn to the color combination. Thank you for sharing your paper crafts at the Friday with Friends link party!

  6. Beautiful card, Linda.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party. We're delighted that you joined the party.
    Much love