Sunday 3 June 2018

Embossed seahorse with gilding flakes.

Hi everyone, I managed to finish a card just as the weekend is ending.

There's a fun new theme over at CAS Mix Up Card Challenge which is to use layers of embossing powder. 

The diecut seahorse was covered in versamark ink, then embossed with bronze powder. While it was still warm I stuck on pieces of gilding flakes. Then I stamped on more versamark ink and sprinkled on some extra thick clear embossing powder, adding more powder and heating a few times until I got a smooth shiny surface.

The starfish had similar treatment but with aged ochre frantage enamel and then the bronze powder. When I heated the bronze it made the white in the frantage show up more. Lots of fun!

I used the Gradation stamp from Impression Obsession to create a sandy look and embossed this with bronze powder too.

Here's a close up of the shimmer.

My elements are layered embossing, stamping, masking on the sentiment stamp; gilding flakes and diecutting.

I'm also linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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and to the masculine challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday

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It's anything goes as long as you use a stamp at the Take it Make it Challenge at

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I've used stamps from Lavinia, Visible Image and Impression Obsession.

At CAS Watercolour card challenge, the theme is ocean.
I've used distress oxide ink heavily spritzed with water and smooshed a few times to get my background.


Distress oxide inks; Stamplorations wonky stitched border die; Sizzix seahorse and sand dollar dies; versamark ink; bronze ep; Ranger ultra thick ep; Aged ochre frantage enamel powder; 
Cosmic Shimmer mulled wine gilding flakes; Impression Obsession Gradation stamp; Lavinia tendril stamp (there's no name on the packet!). Visible Image Imagine dream inspire sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Loll said...

This is so pretty Cathy!! Love your embossed and gilded seahorse. So cool how the mixed powders on your starfish worked out. All the pieces and your stamping look beautiful on the watercoloured background. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour! xx

crafty-stamper said...

Great CAS card and love the beautiful seahorse
Carol x

Mac Mable said...

What a fabulous way to use this fun technique, absolutely love it. Such a unique and creative card with fun elements. Thank you for joining in at The CAS Mix Up Challenge x

Marcia Hill said...

Beautiful card Kathy!! Your embossed die cuts are amazing and look fabulous against your lovely background! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

Robyn Oliver said...

Cathy your card is simple wonderful.... you nailed both CAS challenges, love the seahorse and your starfish

Sandra said...

Such a gorgeous card, love the seahorse. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

Mandy said...

Wonderful card Cathy! The textures on your embellishments looks fabulous.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Ina G said...

WOW! that gilded seahorse is sensational Cathy. Totally awesome. Love playing with gilding flakes and the result you got here with all the added elements is a masterclass. The starfish look so cool too.

Bonnie said...

Wow! Love all the layered embossing, Cathy! That seahorse is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour!

Anita in France said...

Such delicious richness to these fabulous underwater elements, Cathy ... the shimmer and shine on them all is brilliant ... that gorgeous sea horse especially! Hugs, Anita :)

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful embossings on both the seahorse and starfish Cathy! Wonderful mix of colors on them. Your inked background makes a perfect ocean backdrop with the stamped plants! thank you for joining us at the CAS Mix Up! Julia xx

Kim Hamilton said...

That seahorse is beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow, you created a fantastic undersea scene using the layered embossing technique, Cathy! Your seahorse is gorgeous! It looks so real with all the rough surface with the bronze eb powder and the gilding flakes. And the aged ochre frantage enamel worked so well on the starfish! The distress oxide smooshed background is perfect for showing off these sea creatures. Hideko xx

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful shiny textured seahorse and star fish, Cathy. TFS your steps. Love your beautiful background for your Encrusted Jewel pieces. Thank you for playing along with us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs.

Sue said...

Wow, Cathy, I love the beautiful effects you have achieved with the embossing powder and gilding flakes, gorgeous sea horse and star fish.

Pat said...

I adore seahorses and this one is gorgeous Cathy and love those starfish too. There is so much texture and dimension on this and the strong blue in the background with the bits of underwater foliage stamped is just perfect and shows off the images beautifully. x

shirley-bee said...

Ooh, I love that beautiful seahorse, Cathy! Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It!

Linda said...

Love your little underwater scene. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

Cheremane said...

Absolutely love this good luck and thanks for entering the Craft Stamper challenge xx