Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Muse: Christmas Visions #35

Chriss has a beautiful CAS card for us over at Muse: Christmas Visions.
I was inspired by the holly and the sentiment although my holly is larger and the sentiment smaller..
I used a Tim Holtz stencil and masked off the berries to save them from being green and tried to keep away from the stems as much as possible. Well guess what?  I didn't think about the space above the stencil (it's narrow) and when I pulled it up there was ink where I didn't want it.  A MFT border die to the rescue and I like it even better than I would have as a one layer card.

Now I have a question for you.  Or rather two questions.  First, how do you get your gold embossing to show up as gold instead of black in a photo? This one is actually Liquid Platinum but it still show up as black.  Which brings me to my second question.  What is a good gold embossing powder? I have some that doesn't melt well and even after letting my gun heat up it darkens the paper before it melts to a rather knobby surface.

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope your week is going well.

10 comments:

  1. Yay for border dies!! Your card looks marvellous the way it turned out. I would have never guessed that this was Plan B.

    I'm afraid I can't answer your questions as I don't know what happened to my embossing powders when we moved a couple of years ago - and haven't replenished them. I need to though!

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  2. Beautiful card. I put my gold embossing powder in a container so I have no idea what brand I'm using! But...I do have an amazing gold ink - delicata. Golden Glitz. It stamps beautifully!

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  3. Your holly and berries are lovely, and fabulous 'design innovation' with the border panel! So pretty! Wish I could offer some embossing powder advice but I use it rarely: limited space makes bringing it out a hassle and the heat gun I have is one my husband uses to remove glue from his bike tires. It works...but scares me *grin* Someday, maybe, I'll get the 'proper' supplies...
    Hugs~c

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  4. Stunning! Love your stenciled holly, nice organic feel to this ❤️ Thanks so much for playing at MCV.
    The gold embossing powder that I love is from WOW...pale gold. It melts really well and, actually, my MCV card is only one layer of the EP, but on this textured Arches W/C card, I should have embossed twice for complete coverage.

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  5. Very pretty! Love the popped up border...
    As for the EP, I use Ranger but there's a miriad of different golds. Princess gold = "old" gold and will be darker, but Enchanted gold = vibrant (http://time4kards.blogspot.com/2016/03/nbus-6-cas-mix-up-march.html) Hope this helps!

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  6. Love your stenciling! Just wonderful!

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  7. Hi Bobby. I LOVE your card. The stenciled holly is so pretty, and I love the little details on the berries, it just gives them somethin' somethin'. :) Great save with the border die at the top. I would have thought it was your original design, because it's just a perfect topper for your card. Sometimes mistakes are a good thing. :) As for your questions, probably you need more light on your card to photograph the silver or gold. It's tricky, because too much light will create glare. There seems to be a fine line on getting it just right --- not easy. As for gold embossing powder, I'm using Hero Arts gold right now. I'm not 100% thrilled with it, but find it works well if I heat my gun first and only have it over the powder for a short time to melt. It you leave it too long over the powder, it seems to loose it's shine. Hope that helps. xx

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  8. Beautiful stenciled holly, Bobby! The border panel is so perfect that I wouldn't have guessed it was covering a boo boo! Photographing anything shiny is a challenge and it's always disappointing when it shows up black. I use SU embossing powder. It seems to emboss pretty well.

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  9. What gorgeous stencilling, Bobby ... the soft look contrasts beautifully with the prickly shape of the leaves! Congratulations on your win at MCV! Photographing ... I use my daylight lamp when taking pictures and making cards ... highly recommend it, the true light seems to pick up even metallic colours brilliantly! Gold EP ... I use Hero Arts ... it's fine grained and gives a fabulous finish! Hugs, Anita :)

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