Tuesday, September 1, 2020

CAS Mix Up September Embossing with Dies

Time for the CAS Mix Up September Embossing with Dies Challenge.Our talented Joanna is hosting this month and our Guest Designer,  Mac is back sharing her beautiful

CAS Mixed Media cards.  

Joanna has provided us with many wonderful Video's that you can find Here!

I included Embossing with Dies, Stamping and Die Cuts.

I found a Paper Towel Transfer background in my stash that I used for my 
stamped images.  Be sure and view Loll's video for the fun technique.

I  had reconstituted Bisters powdered inks with water on my glass mat.  
Then wiped up with a paper towel and transferred inks 
onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper.

I stamped the Penny Black "Country
Charisma"  watering can and leaves onto the paper towel transfer background.

I used SU Pretty Peacock Dye ink to stamp the images.  I smeared the wet ink, 
so I used a paper towel to softly spread the Pretty Peacock ink on the die cut 
watering can and flowers.  Then set them aside.  

You can see the Bisters colors showing thru the images 
for a cool distressed watercolored look.

This photo shows my Bisters Paper Towel Transfer leftover background.

I die cut the watering can and leaves with the Penny Black
"Country Charisma" Cut Out and set pieces aside.

for my sandwich when I Embossed my die cut watering can and leaves.
The sandwich started at 5:07.  The entire video though is worth viewing.

My sandwich: SU Big Shot Platform,  Clear Plate, Cardstock with Die 
(attach with washi tape), which I turned over onto the Clear Plate then added 
the thin Blue Silicone mat.

 It feels like there is no pressure on sandwich,
  but remove sandwich from Big Shot and you will see the Embossed image.

Next I used stylus to shape my die cut images.  Slipped leaves stem thru slit I made
with craft knife and added dimensionals to images and popped up over
part of the Embossed Die Cut images to give a shadow look.

Grounded my images with Washi Tape,  added CRAFTplorations sequins
and Clear Stickers, "Hey Stickers " that I attached to White 100# scrap.

Attached Card Front to Card Base and Done!

There was a learning curve for this Embossing with Dies Challenge,
but should be much easier the next time.
The videos were very helpful...thank you,  Joanna.

You have until the 24th to play along.  Love and Hugs..

Stamps: Penny Black "Country Charisma" Clear Stamp Set.
Paper: SU Whisper White 100#, Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: SU Pretty Peacock dye ink.  Bisters Powdered inks reconstituted with water on glass mat.
Accessories: Penny Black "Country Charisma" Cut Out.  SU Big Shot, Big Shot Platform, Clear Plate, Blue thin Silicone mat and White Plate. CRAFTplorations Clear Stickers "Heh, Sunshine" and Shaker Blends Sparkly Green Sequins. SU dimensionals. Craft knife.


  1. I LOVE the colour of this gorgeous card Nancy! A really great use of the mop up piece - simply fab!

  2. I love how you have used that paper towel background and enhanced it with the ink you stamped with, it has turned out beautifully. using the die to help add dimension and interest to the image is very clever xx

  3. I so enjoyed reading how you did this fabulous card Nancy x.
    The embossing with the die looks wonderful and what a unique and glorious CAS card x.
    Isn't it great to use the dies to emboss and to extend their use?....I loved the video links too x.

  4. You always do what you love, and I always love what you do, Nancy! SO very pretty - and to think it started with a bit of cleaning up!

  5. Very cool card Nancy! Love the can and leaves are cut from paper towel transferred card stock. Gives it a real artsy look. And the love dry embossing to add dimension to your card. xx

  6. Pretty soft colors in your watering can and leaves, Nancy! Great dimension and the embossed background adds extra dimension! Lovely card, my friend!

  7. I need to start making inky messes and mopping them up with a paper towel so I can have cool backgrounds like this! Love the look of it with the outline stamping and the lightly embossed pattern in the card behind it. You're always so good about explaining your process and providing links. Thanks!

    1. Your welcome, Leslie. I know I always appreciate descriptions, supply lists and links too...like on your wonderful blog:-) Love and Hugs..

  8. Such a pretty effect using the paper towel! I love your gorgeous card:)

  9. how beautiful...great effect and I love the colour of course!!
    xx Karen

  10. Beautifully done Nancy and such a lovely card!

  11. I couldn't wait to read your details with this special card. I love every technique of this beauty. The die dry embossing compliments, the washi tape grounds and the paper towel transfer is stunning for this special stamp. Beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much, Joanna for hosting. It has been a fun and creative challenge. I love trying new to me..techniques:-) Love and Hugs..Nancy

  12. What a great idea to die cut your watering can and leaves from your paper towel mop up piece. Gives such an interesting look. Wonderful dimensions achieved with the popped up image over the embossed die background.

  13. love the paper towel print background for your die cut and you subtle die cut embossing :)

  14. So pretty with your lovely stamped image over the embossed outline! A beautiful technique for coloring with your paper towel print too! xx

  15. This looks so cool ..... love the colour and texture from the paper towel. The embossing in the background is such a nice touch xx

  16. Your Bisters Paper Towel Transfer background made a wonderful watering can and leaves, Nancy! Love the distressed watercolored look. It's especially perfect for the watering can. The picture of the leftover background shows well how you used it for the images. Popping up the die-cut image made the embossed lines stand out better. Great use of the washi tap to ground the image and of the shiny sequins for a water splash look. Thanks for sharing the useful video link! Hugs.. Hideko

  17. Wow, so much detail went into this beautiful card. Thanks for sharing the way you made it. I love that you used the paper towel to spread the color around. It gave a completely new look to the watering can.

  18. Great results with the embossing Nancy and you included so many wonderful techniques in your beautiful card.

  19. Wow - you are rocking this challenge with a bunch of fun ideas! Love the paper towel stamping and embossing. Well done and very cool! Hugz


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