Saturday, May 29, 2010

JUGS Challenge 35


Wow, I am so sad that May is almost over because that means my Featured Designer gig with the wonderful JUGS girls is over!  But hey, there were FIVE Saturdays in May, so I actually got an extra week to play! This week it is sweet Alicia’s turn to host Wild Card Week, and she has chosen to highlight dry embossing.  I chose this sketch from Karen:


and I used Lesley’s lovely colors, just like in the card shown here.  (Since this obviously was not going to be a 10-minute card, I made another one for her challenge! :D) So here we go:

JUGS May 29

Now, on to how I did my dry embossing.  Almost all of us have some sort of embossing machine, whether is be a Big Shot or Cuttlebug, but I wanted to go back to basics and challenge myself to do it the old-fashioned way!  Okay, so I still used my Big Shot, but I made my own stencil by cutting out two SU Swirls & Scribbles diecuts from cheapie cardstock, then gluing the negative portions together, making one thicker piece.  Before I began embossing, however, I rubbed a piece of waxed paper over the BACK of  my card front…..makes the embossing easier!  I then placed the stencil under my card front, holding both over my light table (read:  my window) and using a stylus, I traced the design, pressing into the cardstock and embossing as I went along.  Now remember, your embossed piece will be reversed when you flip it over, so make sure you have your design going in the way you want it!!!  It takes a little practice, and perhaps I should have done it again, but here’s a closeup:


I love the fact that I can have embossing “stencils” for any diecut I own!!!  I will tell you that it is much easier to emboss on Whisper White cardstock than colored cardstock.  One, colored cardstock is difficult to see through, and two, it is thicker!  So I just stuck with the white for my first try!  I did use my Big Shot to emboss the Chocolate Chip flower centers with the Perfect Polkadots EF, though!!  This card also qualifies for the City Crafter Challenge 6, to use one ribbon, two papers and three flowers!   Oh, and here’s the inside view:


So now you need to go check out what the other JUGS designers have come up with!  I am sure their creations are stellar this week!  Get all the details on the JUGS blog and play along!  And a big THANK YOU to the JUGS designers for having me along for the month of May!

  • Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Best Wishes & More
  • Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Thoroughly Modern and Tea Party DP
  • Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
  • Acc:  Big Shot, Swirls & Scribbles Die, Waxed Paper, Stylus, Eyelet Border Punch, Satin Ribbon, Small Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Pearls, Perfect PolkaDots EF; 1/2” Circle Punch


Teresa Kline said...

wow, I luv all the details and of course the embossing...have a wonderful weekend!

enjoy *~*

Linda said...

What a great idea! I could make lots of dry embossing cards. I would use a window too. Thats funny! I am sitting waiting to get on the plane.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous card, LeAnne! Can't believe you did it "the hard way"! Fabulous results, though!

Lesley said...

Love your embossing info! I never would have thought of that I love the look of those swirls embossed!! Thanks for the shout out too!
Lesley ;)

Renee said...

Awesome! I love it!

Kathy Martin said...

Sweet page! LOVE the chocolate brown with pink, the embossing and all those pearls! :)

Silke Ledlow said...

So so beautiful LeAnne!!! The embossing is perfect with the sketch layout!!! Love your card!!! Hugs ~S~

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh so pretty! Beautiful embossing :) Thank you so much for joining Just Us girls for the month of May - we sure have enjoyed your weekly cards of inspiration!

savvy teaching tips said...

How clever are YOU? What a great idea. I need to try that out. Beautiful card BTW.

AKiteFlier said...

Absolutely fabulous LeAnne - I love this card -
you have done a most marvelous job with JUGS and we couldn't have been more pleased to have you with us this month. Thank you for EVERYTHING. God Bless.

riaann said...

Beautiful card, those embossed swirls are awesome!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Beautiful card, LeAnne! LOVE the offset flowers and pearl in each square!

Dana Gustafson said...

Ohh! Loving all the embossing and flower stamps that peek out from your layers. SO pretty!