17 Feb 2018

Less is More # 365 - Dry Embossing

Hello there! Well the 7th birthday celebrations are continuing at Less is More for the next two weeks and we are back  today with our recipe challenge.

How much dry embossing is acceptable on a CAS card? That's always a difficult one, isn't it? Well, I think the post on the challenge blog may clarify it. My personal 'rule of thumb' is to never emboss more than 1/3 of the card if I can possibly help it, but that's only because I don't really have any subtle embossing folders.

Anyway, we have a new sponsor for this challenge:
And to delight you today we have a 5 guest designers joining us: ChrissieEsther, JenSarah G and Tara .  Please head over to the challenge blog to see their cards and the wonderful inspiration from the LIM design team too.
As we have the technique of dry embossing as our recipe, I haven't come up with a specific technique card this week, but I do have two cards to share with you for this challenge:

1) 10 Minute Masculine Make

I am really enjoying making these masculine-type cards because most of the time they fall into a quick make category too. I used very few supplies on this and it was a case of cutting card to size,  dry embossing one piece, heat embossing another peice and putting it all together.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More! #279 - CAS
2 Sisters on the blog #12 - A Man's card (second entry)
Crafts Galore Encore February - Anything Goes (my first time playing here)
Creative Moments #136 - Anything Goes

This one is a little more opulent than usual but I DO love a black and gold colour theme because most of the time is can be used for a unisex card.

ITEMS USED: Black card, gold card, Sweet Dixie big sentiments, versamark clear ink, stampendous detail gold embossing powder, fun foam, We R Memory Keepers Next Level geometric embossing folder.

2) Birthday Balloons

This one keeps the embossing to a minimum by just embossing the balloons.

This one is for:
Always Happy Birthday February - Birthday + CAS
Sparkles Forum #101 - Clean and Simple
Watercooler Wednesdays #157 - All about occasions
Incy Wincy Designs 5-19 Feb - Clean and Simple

So, I stamped, coloured, fussy cut and embossed the balloons with various embossing folders and added them to the cardblank at various heights with 3d foam pads. The present was stamped and coloured then the balloon strings were handdrawn and the final part was to stamp the sentiment.

STAMPS: Uniko balloon bash, Uniko pure florals cosmos, Clearly Besotted laugh out loud
INKS: Memento tuxedo black, Distress Inks (wilted violet, mermaid lagoon, mowed lawn, mustard seed, festive berries.
OTHER: Distress markers in the same colours as the distress inks, 3d foam pads, white card, black micron pen

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Thanks for popping by. I do hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx


Sazzle Dazzle said...

Definitely opulent, dramatic and with the WOW factor using that stunning next generation EF Sharon. I think that has to be my favourite of those folders. Your fuzzy cut embossed balloons make a perfect birthday card and another clever and CAS way to use dry embossing! Have a lovely weekend x

Neets B said...

Two very different but equally fabulous cards, Sharon. I love how the geometric embossing looks in the gold, what a classy card, and as you say perfect for a guy too. And what an awesome idea to emboss each balloon separately, a fabulous effect. Hugs xx

Esther said...

I love these cards Sharon and I'm totally going to pinch your first idea for an upcoming birthday where I was stuck for ideas! Such a fantastic look. The balloons are also wonderful with the different heights and colours, and all set off by the eye catching texture. Wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration! x

Izzy Scrap said...

Two fabulous cards showing how CAS dry embossing can be ! Love your Masculine card, just the minimum time, minimum supplies and minimum design for such a stunning effect ! Your balloon cards is also beautiful with all these joyful colours and pretty embossed details but always keeping in mind this fabulous CAS design. Fabulous ! Have a great weekend. Hugs xx

Sarah G said...

The gold embossed panel on your first card just looks amazing, Sharon! It looks very expensive :) Love the bright balloons on your second card too - a great way to incorporate a bit of texture and embossing without overwhelming the design. Have a great weekend x

Penny Hanuszak said...

Great cards Sharon. I like that bold masculine one. The embossing is really rich and I totally love the embossing on the balloons for your second card. Having them embossed and raised on dimensionals really brings them to life. A terrific CAS layout that packs a punch. Thanks so much for joining us for the Watercooler Wednesday "All About Occasions" challenge this week.

KraftyKoolKat said...

Two really gorgeous creations. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.
Cathy DT Member

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

That gold and black is so striking and classy. Love it.

Susan said...

Both of these cards are amazing...but the black and gold, just blew my socks off. Amazing!

Heidi Weaver said...

Such great cards, Sharon! I love them all and am amazed at how rich you've made the masculine one look while keeping it beautifully clean and simple. Love those wonderfully embossed balloons in the second one. Anchoring the balloons with that multi-coloured gift box is a brilliant idea. You really have a flair for clean and simple with a "wow" factor. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

creationsnz said...

Both great cards. The black and gold card is stunning. SO glad you joined us for our CAS challenge at Incy Wincy, CarolG

Quillish said...

OMG.. I had to come here and tell you what a stunner that black gold card is.. Fabulous! i got this embossing folder and now I want a gold card :P

Caroline said...

Thanks for another nice card you've shared with us at 2Sistersontheblog, thank you!
Love Caroline DT

Furrbster said...

Both of these cards are gorgeous. I really like the idea of just embossing the balloons in order to keep the card CAS! That first card is definitely very stylish and elegant and will work wonderfully for a special birthday,

Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments,

Hugz Tinz

Billie A said...

Both of your cards are stunning. I really love the first one and the strip of 3D embossing. The balloons are awesome. I love that they are also embossed and the grouping you did is wonderful. So glad you shared over at Always happy birthday.

Billie A
Always Happy Birthday
Catch The Bug
Inspiration Destination
Creative With Stamps
Aud Sentiments
The Merry Christmas Challenge
Sunny Day Crafting
Pause Dream Enjoy
Craftaholic R US

Fikreta said...

Your card is very beautiful !
Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments !
Hope to see you again.

Chrissie said...

As stunning as ever Sharon, your work is truly inspirational!
I couldn't be more pleased that I invited you to join LIM your work is always stunning !
Thank you
Chrissie xx

Inkyfingers said...

What a gorgeous pair of cards Sharon and I particularly love the bold and beautiful black card. That 3d embossing is amazing!
Carol and thanks for sharing with us at ATSM.

Trina P. said...

Two beautiful makes, Sharon. The balloon card is adorable and cheerful. Your masculine / unisex card is STUNNING! The dramatic black / gold colour combo paired with the geometric embosing is perfection. Absolutely LOVE it! xx

Monika Reeck said...

so many adorable card here Sharon
I love the texture of your balloon so clever Idea
and the black and gold wooooww
I have that same E.Folder Sharon
may I CASE ing your card its so clever idea and can be for making mass product
love your design
I would be thrilled if you like to visit back my DT card Sharon dear... :)
Many thanks for joining us at ATSM this time
sorry for the late comment :)

DeBe said...

Absolutely love the elegant simplicity of the first card and the colour of the second. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes February 18 Challenge. Good luck! Denyse x

Linby said...

Fab cards. My fav is the black and gold and I have never seen those efs before - guess what I'm off to buy!

Nonni said...

Visiting late this time, sorry about that! I love your cards Sharon... Well I always do! The dry embossed balloons - card is so creative and fun and I love all the white space in it. The dramatic look of the first card looks wonderful and I love that embossing folder -it's on my wishlist! :) I also think this is gender neutral which is great. Have a fun day! xxx

Lady Joyful said...

Both cards are really lovely. Thank you for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Incy Wincy Designs - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

Paddington fan said...

Love both of your cards, especially the embossed balloon one! Thank you so much for joining us at Sparkles monthly challenges this time. I do hope you'll visit us again soon, love Jacky x
Sparkles DT