Friday, February 1, 2013

Fun with embossing and distress ink

Well hello!!!

I have been having a blast watching my dear friend Heather and her LIVE web shows in the morning. I shall now insert a shameless plug for her....
Here is the link to her YouTube channel Coffee, Chat & Kraaft, which is very similar to the name of my blog, so should be an easy mental association :)

Anywho, I have several Tim Holtz distress inks, but hardly ever use them. So Heather was playing with them on some Kraft resist papers in Episode 10 so I thought I would give it a shot. I did put my own twist on things by embossing on some scrap kraft I had instead of using pre-made.

You will have to forgive my messy stamping as I was excited to try this out! 

The one on the left is using mowed lawn, salty ocean and picked raspberry distress inks. The top flourish is clear embossing powder and the lower is pearl. The stamps are CTMH. I had never sprayed water or heated distress inks before, but Heather did indeed inspire me. I love it! The bright colors look like tie dye to me. Super fun! 
The one on the right is a mish mosh of several inks including antique linen, bundled sage, iced spruce, frayed burlap and walnut stain. The stamps are also CTMH and the dress form is clear embossed while the sentiment is gold. I really smudged the colors around, big fun and big mess!! After doing the main part, I inked the helk out of the edges with the walnut stain, sprayed lots of water and let it run down before I used the heat gun. I think I have found something to keep me busy for hours on end! What a blast!!

While we are on the topic of embossing, I just have to share this bit of awesomeness! At my crop last Saturday, and friend of mine bought a few things and couldn't find a pen to write a check. So what does any clever paper crafter do in this situation??
They emboss the check of course!!!! LOL For those of you wondering, yes I took it to the bank and yes they deposited it! :)

Off to make dinner for the troops, have a great night!


  1. YOU EMBOSSED THE CHECK!???!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!
    Even though you gave me a shameless plus, what you did with the check is my favorite part! Well, I do love the new technique you have discovered too. It is fun, right? LOVE YOUR WORK and your writing is just so perfect...perfectly YOU!

    1. Actually I can not take credit for the awesome check! A friend of mine wrote it. She was all the way across the room and walked over with it giggling! She is awesome!

  2. AND...thanks for linking up to Karli Says... good luck in the linky party :)

  3. Love your bookmarks! Great job with the inks & using the embossing for the resist! I'm so trying that! LOVE that your friend embossed the check! Hugs!



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