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:
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: Here’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:
- 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!The 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:
- 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:
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:
In case you get off-track at any point during the hop, here’s a listing of all the participants in this hop:
- Louise Sharp
- Nadine Hößrich
- Tanya Rees
- Monica Gale
- Jackie Aitken
- Cathy Caines
- Brian King
- Emma Goddard
- Stesha Bloodhart
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!
Thanks, Suzie! I like to bend the rules a little bit every now and then. 🙂 So glad you like the card – it was fun to make. ♥
Love how the punched trees provide pattern as well as texture. The perfect, crisp sentiment.
Thank you so much, Mary! I’m IN LOVE with this sentiment and had loads of fun making this background.
Love your card! The punched out trees as the pattern is awesome! Love your work!!
Thank you so much, Deanette! It was fun to create that pattern with those punched trees. So happy you like it. ♥
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 !
Dang Sonny, you beat me to the punch! (Giggle and a pig snort) I was going to pop on and say Brian, you impressed me with your “tree”mendous card. How fun. Great color addition with the smoky slate. Gotta try this.
Thanks, Sonny! I can always count on your for an INKredible pun. So glad you like it! ♥
Chris – This is pretty amazing! Between you and Sonny, all the puns are covered. Love it!
Very clever, Brian!
🙂 Thanks, Dawn!
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. 🙂 Thanks! ♥
YOU have inspired me. LOVE this card.
🙂 Thanks, Kadie!
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!
It’s a fun technique! It’s always worth revisiting. So glad you like what I made, Hilda! ♥
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!
Thanks, Windy! I had fun with this punch. The Smoky Slate made me happy (but Crumb Cake is still a classic). ♥
Loved the hop. So many wonderful ideas. Totally going to use some of these ideas. What talent!
It’s a wonderful group! So glad you enjoyed it. ♥
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.
It’s great fun, Bobbi! I know your stampers will enjoy it. There are all kinds of patterns you can create with punched shapes. ♥
Never heard of faux embossing until your blog today. Brilliant! Fabulous card and very, very clever. Will have to give it a try.
It’s great fun, Grace! ♥ You’ll enjoy it.
Very clever….those trees make a terrific background!
🙂 Thanks, Linda! ♥