I have been seeing some cool techniques on some blogs that I visit and I got my tools out and this is what I created.
Over at the Hero Arts blog some pretty awesome things are posted.
Shari Carol posted a layered stamp background technique that looked totally cool, but was out of my comfort zone.
Depending on how heavily you add ink you can get some pretty different looks
There are four steps in this card.
Emboss, create the back ground, stamp a subtle image over background and then stamp your image.
To see the full instructions follow
Shari Carol's post on the Hero Arts blog.
Because this was out of my comfort zone I used the same stamps Shari Carol did.
As you can see the results are very different.
This next card is very simple it is a stamp from Hero Arts again called Large Blossom.
The stamp really does the work.
I embossed with white embossing powder and coloured it in using Distress inks and water. This technique is all over the card blog world it seems. I am not sure but I think Jennifer McGuire posted something that started a love fest with this technique.
It might be called the embossed resist technique but don't quote me.
I tried embossing on water colour paper (left image)
and the embossing is ruff like the paper which allows the ink in all the little holes. I do like the look, it adds some texture.