Thank you for all your kind comments on yesterday’s post – when Mom shows up, y’all seem to respond in droves. I know why you provide such positive feedback – because my Mom is super-sweet and super-talented.  If you missed Mom’s Faux Embossing Video, be sure to check it out here.

As Mom promised (without first asking me, I might add), I’m sharing Mom’s finished card on my blog today.  I’m a real fan of this finished card, and I think it showcases the technique nicely.  Here’s Mom’s card:

Bravo, Stampin' Up!, by Mary King, Faux Textured Embossing Technique

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • One Thing to Clear Up.  In my weekend posts (the introduction to this technique and Mom’s video from yesterday), one thing might not have been 100% clear – the punched or cropped shapes are glued to the cardstock base to create this textured look.  Mom ran the finished product through the Big Shot to press the shapes into the paper a bit.  The punches are still sitting right on top of the cardstock but give the effect that there’s and impression from behind.  I’ll work with Mom to make sure she better explains things in the future – go easy on her, though, she’s just a novice.  🙂
  • Thick Whisper White.  The base of this card is Thick Whisper White.  We’ve needed this paper for quite some time, and it’s PERFECT!  If Mom had made the base Crushed Curry, then there would likely have been too much Crushed Curry on the front of this card, don’t you think?  The white gave the right balance the card needed, while also giving the card the support it needs.  If you don’t yet have this Thick Whisper White, you need to add it to your next order.
  • Color Combination.  When Mom was selecting the colors for this card, she wanted yellow and black.  I first pulled Daffodil Delight but thought Crushed Curry might be a more mature color for my young-but-growing-up-fast nephew.  Of course Daffodil Delight would have been good, but Crushed Curry is great!  If you like this combination of colors, feel free to save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Bravo, Pictogram Punches  Papers:  Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories:  Medium Star punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Bravo, Stampin' Up!, by Mary King, Faux Textured Embossing Technique

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  1. What a lovely card, Mrs King – you obviously taught Brian all he knows!

  2. Wonderful card Mary! I didn’t get a chance to have a look at your video from yesterday, but I am off to check it out now. I had some guy trying to work with me how to achieve World Domination, but that’s another story for another day. This technique is so much fun – can’t wait to try it.

  3. Love the card. Your Mom is great!

  4. Awesome card Brian’s Mom

  5. What a great card. I am definitely going to try this technique. Your mom is a doll! She seems very natural in the video. I’m so happy she enjoys making cards too.

  6. Great job Mrs. King!

  7. Love it , Mary….Brian obviously inherited his artistic style from you.

  8. WOW!! Mrs. Mary King, your card is really awesome!!! I’m definitely going to try this technique, I mean, one can make “faux” embossing with just about any small punch, I just love, love this idea.
    Thank you for sharing your talents with us, you are a NATURAL!!!!! 🙂

  9. This is a unique technique and I fully understood how you got from Point A to B without a verbal explanation. Perhaps new cardmakers would need more details, but you are new to this and will get better and better. I am definitely going to try this with some sentiment die-cuts. Pretty awesome!

  10. Great card ! I like the Crushed Curry choice rather than the Daffodil Delight . Plus the white card base is spot on ! This is a good card to make up a few for the “grands” since there are so many activities they are into . Thank you , Mary for a good card to CASE !
    I feel like this is The Penn and Teller Show !!

  11. Thank you for showing this technique Mary – straight-forward and good-looking. And a good coliour combination.

  12. You (and your Mom) are a hoot. She seems a little nervous still, on the videos. You’ll have to help loosen her up a little with your humorous style. You must have fun stamping together.

  13. Gorgeous card!

  14. Wow Mary your finished result is a gran-slam! We appreciate your video.
    Brian what a blessing to make cards with your mom.

  15. Lovely card, Mrs. King! I have been stamping with Stampin Up products since 1996 and this technique of faux embossing is new to me….and I love it! Thanks for sharing and creating BOTH of you!

  16. Love the finished card! The background is perfect for this simple card.

  17. Love this card! I am sure it will be most appreciated by your nephew. Your Mom is a very special lady!

  18. Mrs. King you are awesome!!! Brian you are also!!! I can’t wait to try some punches and cards like you showed me how to make. Keep the videos coming please.

  19. Wow , yep…….Ms Momma King , your the GIRL !!!! Love it !!!!
    You did so well , I think your ready for your own show!! What do you think ??
    Move over SON !!! Lol!!!!
    Hope to see you soon !!
    Hugs Frenchie !

  20. I loved the video and now I’m loving the finished card. This is a great technique I’ll have to try soon. I loved it on Brian’s card with the flowers, but the stars are my favorite. Don’t tell Brian!! We’ll look forward to seeing you again soon, Mary.

  21. Brian, your mom is a sweetheart, sharing and supporting your interests. How fortunate you are.

  22. Great job Mary King!! As always, it looks beautiful.

  23. Well – the Dynamic Duo has done it again! This is a fabulous card made by two fabulous people. Watch out Brian – Mom may outshine you soon. LOL You two are such a fantastic pair to welcome into my home even if it’s only via video. One of these days maybe you can take a trip to beautiful Maine and do an in person visit!. Mary – your video was very informative and Brian I think you two should do the next video together. I know your entire fan club would absolutely love that. Hugs to you both!

  24. Kudos to you, Ms. Mary! I am IMPRESSED {no pun intended?} !!! You definitely are not a novice at making this gorgeous card…keep having fun!
    Sunshine Sharon

  25. Lynn Gauthier - Michigan

    Fabulous card Mrs. King!!! I just LOVE how it turned out. Bravo!!!
    Now, we look forward to both you and Brian in video stamping together fighting over the stamps, inks, papers and embellishments!!! =)
    So very nicely done and thanks so much for sharing with us!

  26. What a great card Mrs King! I know I will be trying this technique very soon. When will we be seeing you two together in a video? That would be so fun!

  27. I have and love the thick WW c/s and hope we will get in other colors! Yes I agree in not using Daffodil a Delight, love it but SS is softer! Happy to see her completed card….great job! Please be easy on her, actually I thought she did a great explanation!

  28. Your Mom’s card is fabulous…love all the stars and awesome sentiment!!!

  29. THANKS, Mama King, for helping me plan my August Club class! LOVE THIS!

  30. Love your Mom’s card!!! The color combination is a fave. Thanks for sharing all of her wonderful talent with us

  31. Oh, Brian!
    You should be getting nervous. This seemingly sweet and somewhat shy woman may have a secret agenda. How well do you really know this Mary King? I would point out that Mrs. King appears less & less nervous with each demonstration. In fact she looks like she is beginning to have fun. “Mom’s” Faux Embossing Video is good, so good that I actually was inspired to give it a try. In a very short period of time she may replace you. Perhaps if you gave her equal billing on a few shared presentations she would let you coast for awhile. But never let your guard down Brian, this mother knows her stuff.

    • Candace, Thanks for this awesome message! I love that Mom is getting so much attention – but I’m 100% in control of the amount of exposure she gets on my blog. 😉 She has a lot of fun with it, and I love sharing her with you.

  32. I loved her video, loved both Mom’s and Brian’s cards, and love the technique. Such a clever idea! I haven’t yet had a chance to try it out but hope to tomorrow morning. Such fun, learning a new trick!

  33. Great card Mrs King! Can’t wait to try this technique

  34. Brian, I tried your mom’s technique and I love it! Thanks for sharing her with us. Hugs to you and your mom

  35. Awesome card Mrs. King!!! Love it!

  36. I thought your Mom did a great job and understood the instructions prefectly.

  37. Awesome card, your Mom is so talented. I think I should try this unique technique she demonstrated in her video.

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