Saturday, February 14, 2015

Memory Maze fun with Dry Embossing and Gelatos

Today I had a chance to finally get around to having a play with a piece of Memory Maze chipboard using a couple of new techniques that I haven't tried yet.. 
So I just wanted to quickly share my progress..
I started off with the "Mum" chipboard.. It's a nice thick piece that is great for a title..
I chose this piece in particular so that it will go onto a creation sometime in the future..  
I have never tried to dry emboss chipboard before, but have been wanting to for a little while..
So I pulled out the Big Shot and this cute new embossing folder and gave it a go..
*Tip - Be careful and don't force your folder! I now have an imprint of half a "M" before I realised and quickly reversed it back out of the roller.. oops.. lol
Next, I lightly covered with some gesso to give it a nice white base..
As I've never used the Gelato's, I wasn't sure if it would help brighten the colour..
*Tip - I don't think it really mattered to be honest.. lol

Now for the Gelato.. I used the Metallic Silver as the first coat and totally fell in love with the true colour that it gave..
*Tip - I just used my finger to rub the colour to give a nice even coat..
Lesson learnt - I tried to use the craft mat and use the Gelato as a Water Colour, however it didn't seem to work because of the gesso..

Next, I added the Metallic Melon and Metallic Mint colours to the raised embossed parts of the design... Again, just using my finger to rub it as per my liking..
*Tip - It's a good idea to redo some parts with the Silver, as the colours got a bit smudgy..

Finished project
Since I want to keep this piece for a future project, I didn't want to adhere it to anything just yet..
So here I've just laid it on top of a couple of cardstock mats so you can get the full effect and colours of the chipboard..

Thanks very much for joining me this afternoon.. I'm not 100% happy with the process a I had wanted to do a few more steps adding a technique with a stencil as well, but since the piece wasn't quite big enough I had to settle for trying out the extended version next time.. lol.. :)
I am happy with how it has turned out though, especially since it was my first attempt at the dry embossing chipboard AND my first time using Gelatos too..
I do think I'll be able to put this piece to good use soon! Although when I do, I think I might add some coordinating Kindy Glitz and some Dimensional Magic to really make it pop as a great feature.. 
Hope you're having a nice weekend.. Happy Valentine's Day, Toni.. :)

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