I was trolling through SplitcoastStampers.com website this weekend looking for some new techniques. I wanted to get out of a bit of a rut and Splitcoast is great for doing that. There are thousands of tutorials and videos as well as projects uploaded by folks just like you and me. A wealth of inspirtation.
I came across the technique called Emerging Color and decided to try my hand at it. This is my finished project. I’m really happy with it but don’t think that even though I do a blog post several times a week, that I’m some kind of expert. Nope, I had several failed attempts at this technique this time so I thought I would share some and why they failed, so you don’t make the same mistake. I started my project with the idea for emerging color and using the Fab Friday color challenge as my pallett. Emerging color works by stamping on white card stock several solid stamps like flowers or shapes. I stamped the flowers from Flower Patch using the colors from the challenge.
Strike 1 – The next step is to stamp another image over the top with Versamark and then emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. In the example above I then brayered over the entire thing with Bermuda Bay but didn’t like the way the Calypso Coral flowers were showing through outside the image. So I went over it again with Cherry Cobbler. I then stamped Basic Black swirl from First Sight. The result….too too dark.
Strike 2 – The next time I tried, I used the same colors but instead of stamping with Calypso Coral in full strength, I stamped it off twice. After embossing I then brayered over the page with Calypso Coral. Everything was going great until I stamped the swirls in Basic Black. You see I used Basic Black Archival and instead of being able to wipe it off the embossing with paper towel, it smeared. Sigh.
A Hit – Same colors, same stamping off, same brayer color, but, this time I stamped (fewer times) the swirl from First Sight in Cajun Craze. This time it wiped right off the embossing with no smearing. I used my marker to color in the petal lines for true definition.
I hope you like my project and appreciate my failures so you don’t get so frustrated when you try and fail with your own projects.
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