Be Inspired: Embossing

It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun! The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our themed projects with you. I’m so honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers!

For today’s Be Inspired Blog Hop, we are sharing fun ideas that showcase embossing – projects showcase heat embossing, dry embossing or textured embossing. Since I like to “go against the grain” every once in a while, I decided to NOT emboss. Instead, I’m sharing a fun technique I love – faux embossing. If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from the amazing project shared by my talented Canadian friend Cathy Caines.

Here’s my not-embossed (but looks embossed) card for this Be Inspired Blog Hop:

Greatest Part of Christmas Host Set, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, faux embossing

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Faux Embossing. I created a background for my card by punching a forest of Christmas Trees with the Pine Tree Punch. I punched the tree from Mossy Meadow Cardstock and glued them to a base of Mossy Meadow. After I was done, I ran the panel through my die cutting machine with a clean plate to further flatten the punched trees to the background. Here’s a graphic I created to showcase this fun technique: Faux Embossing with Pine Tree Punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHere’s a look at the Perfectly Plaid Bundle from Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Holiday Catalog, which includes the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree punch: Perfectly Plaid Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 151143
  •  A Gorgeous Sentiment. There’s no way missed the big, bold, gorgeous sentiment on the front of my card. It’s such a beauty that you may have overlooked the faux embossed tree background. I stamped this sentiment on Whisper White cardstock with Real Red ink and cropped it with one of the long, slender dies in the Stitched Rectangles Dies – a perfect fit!Greatest Part of Christmas Host Set, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, faux embossingThe sentiment is from the Greatest Part of Christmas Host stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Holiday Catalog. While this set was not available to demonstrators during August’s pre-order period, I received the set as a prize during the Greek Isles Incentive Trip. You already know how much I love sentiments, so you can imagine how happy I was to receive this set. Here’s a look at Greatest Part of Christmas stamp set:Greatest Part of Christmas Host Set, Stampin' Up! 150554
  • A Merry Color Combination. I’ve always loved Real Red and Mossy Meadow with Crumb Cake – such a gorgeous color combination that’s perfect for Christmas. For this card, I gave Smoky Slate a shot at the spotlight, and it didn’t disappoint. This light gray almost looks like silver and provides a beautiful backdrop to these traditional Christmas colors. What do you think? If you love this mix of Smoky Slate, Real Red and Mossy Meadow as much as I do, please save this for future reference:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Smoky Slate, Real Red, Mossy Meadow

Stamp Sets: Greatest Part of Christmas Papers: Smoky Slate, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Whisper White  Inks: Real Red  Accessories: Pine Tree Punch, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my project. I also hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects that I’m sure you’ll love. The next stop is my wonderful friend, Stesha Bloodhart. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:

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  1. Suzie Patt Cullen

    You are so good at thinking outside the box, Brian!
    I love how you made your background with the punched trees and your Big Shot. Thank you so much!

  2. Love how the punched trees provide pattern as well as texture. The perfect, crisp sentiment.

  3. Deanette Linville

    Love your card! The punched out trees as the pattern is awesome! Love your work!!

  4. Love it ! You impress me (get it ? snicker/giggle) Also, I just forget about Mossy Meadow ! Gotta use it more because it`s a nice deep green .
    Great card !

  5. You always colour outside the lines Brian! Love your embossed, not embossed card. It’s actually a very clever and sophisticated card, but then again all your creation are! xx

    • Thank you so much, Louise! I gambled that no one else in the hop would refuse to emboss for this embossing hop – a risk I’m glad I took. πŸ™‚ Thanks! β™₯

  6. YOU have inspired me. LOVE this card.

  7. Love this beautiful card, Brian. The technique for the trees is one I haven’t used in a while, but it is very effective on your card. Love that color combo. Have a great day!

  8. Awesome faux embossing and the tree punch makes it so easy! I like how you threw the Smoky Slate in with the red and green combo!

  9. Loved the hop. So many wonderful ideas. Totally going to use some of these ideas. What talent!

  10. You are so clever! I’ve never heard of faux embossing but I must give this a try. What a nice technique to show first time stampers in case they’re on a limited budget.

  11. Never heard of faux embossing until your blog today. Brilliant! Fabulous card and very, very clever. Will have to give it a try.

  12. Very clever….those trees make a terrific background!

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