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White card base
Die cutting/embossing machine
Nesting circle dies
Repositionable adhesive tape
Anti-static powder tool
Metallic dark blue embossing powder
White embossing powder
Stamping tool or acrylic block
Black card strip
Nuvo Drops in Sweet Lilac
Lay a strip of repositionable adhesive tape face up on the work surface, and press the circle dies into place on it. Keep the gap between the dies as even as possible.
Once all the dies are in position, use an anti-static powder tool to deactivate the adhesive on the still exposed areas of tape.
Gently press embossing ink onto the cutting edges of the dies. Pressing too hard will cause the ink to get on the non-cutting areas of the dies. It is likely that some ink will get on other areas, meaning the embossed lines will subsequently be less clean than they might otherwise be. This can be seen as adding some whimsy to the design.
Treat a card base with anti-static powder tool and prepare to emboss through the die cutting machine.
Ensure the sandwich is set up with the embossing mat according to the specific machines instructions.
Carefully position the nested circles over the top and run through the machine. This will both dry emboss - creating the impression of the lines - and also prepare for heat embossing by pushing the embossing ink onto the card base.
Sprinkle dark blue metallic embossing powder over the embossed lines, tap off the excess, and use a dry paintbrush as needed to remove any stray bits of embossing powder.
Use a heat gun to heat set the embossing powder.
Use purple ink to stamp the Seahorse stamp, then color in with a lighter purple alcohol marker.
Carefully fussy cut the image out. Then curl of the tail and spines of the back may be a bit fiddly.
Using a craft knife on the smaller areas can help.
Adhere it into place on the card base across the embossed circles.
Adhere the seahorse overlapping the sentiment strip.
Finally embellish the card with the addition of a few Nuvo Drops in Sweet Lilac.
I hope you enjoyed my blog post! Embossing with dies is a very fun technique to get more mileage from your dies, and it can create interesting backgrounds. I hope you'll give it a try, and I'd love to see what you make!