While cleaning house over the weekend, I found a few Brusho backgrounds stuffed in a kitchen drawer, of all places. (Sometimes I seriously wonder where my head is!) So today I used one of those Brusho backgrounds to make a little ‘happy mail’ for a friend.
Since the background already had several bright colors in it, I decided just to accent them with a little heat embossing. These colors reminded me a bit of the patina copper gets when heated, so I chose copper embossing powder to work with.
To start, I rubbed the whole background with my Embossing Buddy. If you like to heat emboss, but don’t have one of these, I highly recommend getting one.
The powder in this little pouch helps removes static from your paper, so that the embossing powder only sticks where you want it to. It’s a small thing, but it makes such a huge difference in how your heat embossing turns out!
Next, I stamped the butterfly, flower, and leaves from Garden in Bloom in opposite corners with Versamark clear embossing ink. Then I used the flower stem stamp from the same set to create a little frame that criss-crosses in the other two corners.
After heat-embossing the images, I realized the butterfly didn’t have much color behind it. To fix that, I stamped the coordinating base image right over the embossed one with Dapper Denim ink. This did get some ink on the embossing. But one of the great things about heat embossing is that it resists ink, so I was able to just wipe it off with a rag.
For the sentiment, I wanted something something kind of big and a little ‘swirly’. So I dug through my stamps and found this ‘Life is a beautiful thing’ sentiment in the Colorful Seasons set. Perfect!
To finish this card, I layered the image piece on a bit of copper foil paper, then attached that to a Dapper Denim card base. Although I considered adding embellishments, the background is already a little ‘busy’. So I decided against it. Of course, I’ll probably change my mind again before I mail this off — ha ha!
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