Here are a couple of cards I made using an emboss and stamp technique where only the embossed areas receive any ink.  In both instances the cardstock was dry embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Then the embossed or raised areas were stamped.  (Read more about it here.)

On this first card, as in the past, I used the mirror image stamp to apply the ink by running it over and across the embossed areas.

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On this second card, however, I used a Paisley Backgrounder stamp.  I first stamped the background image and then applied the remaining ink the same as with the mirror image stamp by running it over the embossed areas.  I just love this effect!

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We had a wonderful Christmas at our home.  A last minute decision to have my son, Gary and his family, fly in for a week meant that Santa would be paying a visit again this year.  It was so fun.

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We made a gingerbread house and baked cookies.

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We had some crafting time, too.smileyscrapperani.gif

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Hoping everyone had a bright and beautiful holiday.

Happy Crafting!

24 Responses to “Emboss, Stamp and Distress It”

  1. Your cards are just lovely, and I need to learn how to do that technique! it’s awesome! I got sidetracked from the cards with the pictures of your adorable DGDs!! They’re growing up much too quickly!! I’m glad you had a great Christmas and I wish you a very happy new year too!

  2. The cards are gorgeous, I love that technique, the extra definition to the embossing looks great.
    Your grand daughters are delightful.

  3. Your cards are gorgeous, Susan!! It looks like such a wonderful time with your sweetie granddaughters too!!

  4. Such cute cards! Looks like you have some girls following in your footsteps!

  5. Susan your cards are gorgeous! Loved the photos. Gosh your granddaughters are getting so big and they are so, so cute. Christmas is always so much more fun when there are little ones and Santa visits!

  6. Lovely cards and the pictures of your granddaughters are precious 😀 Looks like they are learning how to stamp early from grandma 😀

  7. Love these! I never remember to “swipe” embossed images with ink…thanks for the great reminder!

    Charmaine

  8. Thanks for the reminder of the mirror image stamp! What a perfect idea and I forgot about it. I love the pictures of the girls! What fun! In your picture of your gingerbread house I smiled to see you have one of those things with the candles that spins. I had one for years. I forgot what they’re called, but I loved mine. Not sure what I did with it but it was nice to see one again. Thanks for sharing the idea and the cute pics.

  9. That’s a pretty nifty way of getting the ink on just the raised portions. I’ll have to see if I have something that could fill in as a “mirror image” stamp somewhere. =)

  10. Susan, your cards are just gorgeous as usual. Your granddaughters are so cute too!! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  11. Wow! Both cards are gorgeous! What a beautiful effect on the embossed areas. Love your designs!
    Happy new year:)

  12. Hi Susan, Happy Holidays for you too and for your beautiful family.
    These cards are really gorgeous. All the best for 2010.

  13. Beautiful cards, I still need to get a smooth stamp for this technique.
    Oh how special to have the kids and grandkids home for the holidays, looks like you had a terrific time 🙂

  14. Love these beautiful cards..that flower is also a stunning add on with the same striking ribbon color. The girls are growing up and how wonderful to have Christmas with them. Glad you captured them in photos as memories of your time together. Pat

  15. I really love these embossed card! Inking gives avery nice look vintage and elegnat look at the same time!
    And I ‘m so glad that you had so much fun with your wonderful granddauthers!

  16. What a wonderful idea to stamp on the dry embossed images Susan!! Gorgeous, gorgeous cards!! And what charming pictures of your Granddaughters. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday!

  17. Beautiful cards! The embossing just pops!

    It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas — the photos are so sweet!

  18. oh, it looks like you had a wonderful time! (cute cards too!)

  19. Your cards look wonderful!! I’ve been meaning to try this technique — thanks for the inspiration!!!! Your g/daughters are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  20. BEAUTIFUL cards and girls.

  21. Your cards are gorgeous, Susan! I’m gonna have to read and re-read your directions over again though…or maybe just diving in trying it myself will be the key? Love the effect of that technique! tfs

    Looks like your Christmas was extra special this year too. 😉 Your twin granddaughters look like they have a ton of fun when they come to visit –how could they not with all the activities you have planned for them?! 😉 My parents used to have one of those carousel nativity scenes where the candle heat makes it go round…haven’t seen that in years.

  22. Beautiful cards. I have been looking for these Cuttlebug folder and can’t find them anywhere. Any suggestions?

  23. Your cards are lovely! I like this technique but don’t use it nearly enough!
    Your little ones are ADORABLE!!! They looked like they were having great fun baking & crafting. What treasured memories!!!

  24. Your cards are stunning!!! And your Christmas looked like it was tons of fun!!!

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