Emerging Colors are Awesomely Artistic

Awesomely Artistic, Happy Birthday Everybody, Easel CardThis card was made after I found a technique called Emerging Colors on Leena Girsa’s blog. She made some beautiful cards and thought I wanted to play with this technique. The stamp set, Awesomely Artistic, had come to mind so I wanted to try it out.

I haven’t had any time to really call my own lately. There seems to be too much to do and not nearly enough time to do it. The card that I am showing you today was started last Sunday when I should not have been stamping (shhh – that’s a secret, ok?) but I was trying to recover from a really busy few days and needed time in my little corner of the house. The funny thing is that nothing I did worked out. I attempted the front of this card three times because I couldn’t get the embossing right. Then I kept cutting the other layers incorrectly. But I kept plugging along and got the card front done – but then guess what happened? The original design was using Night of Navy as the card base, but because I had goofed up the dimensions so much the card base would have needed to be over 12″. So, I decided to make it an easel card. Of course, I wasn’t able to finish the card till yesterday, which is probably better I waited anyway. All in all, I like how the card turned out though but hope to try this technique again when life slows down a little.

Here’s some tips and instructions:

  • Color your cardstock with your choice of colors, two to three colors should be enough. I Awesomely Artistic, Happy Birthday Everybody, Easel Card, embossing backgroundtried sponging on the colors in circles but I like the stripes of colors better. Choose your colors on the lighter side. My original colors were Pool Party, Marina Mist, and Island Indigo and the last two were very difficult to color over.
  • Now, choose your stamps that you want to use. This technique looks great with stamps that are more solid. If you own one, use your embossing buddy before stamping with the VersaMark. Because you are embossing with clear embossing powder, it is very important to get a good thick coat on your stamp. You won’t know that you didn’t until you are trying to go over it with your dark color. Once you are done stamping, heat emboss with the clear emboss powder which will allow your colors to show through.
  • Now, sponge or brayer your dark color over the entire cardstock. Use whatever color you choose, Early Espresso also looks great. I only added one layer of Night of Navy because I really liked the more mottled look but you can go for a darker tone if you choose. Once you are satisfied, use a paper towel or tissue to wipe off any ink from the embossed images. Once you are happy with the results and everything is dry, you can finish your card.

This is my first but definitely not my last attempt with the Emerging Color technique. Are you going to give it a go? Why don’t you let me know in a comment?!

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  1. Glad you didn’t give up bc your card came out beautiful. I have been meaning to also try this technique and I hope it comes out as nice as yours. Thanks for the tips about the colors and clear embossing.

  2. Oh so very pretty, Debbie! I will have to try this technique also. Your choices of stamp images and colors were spot on to highlight emerging colors. And the easel format is perfect to display both the front and sentiment layers. Off to pin….

  3. Ooooooo! So glad you were able to get back in to your stamp room, this card is so pretty! I know that lack of time/lost mojo feeling all too well,also. But this morning, I’m going to play with that technique, only in pinks and oranges. (Summer’s last hurrah).
    And I love how you used the new corner punch inside and outside. Awesomely Artistic is what you are! TFS, Debbie!

  4. Oh my! I really love this technique and haven’t seen it before. LOVE how you put this together and the colors you chose. And that’s one of my fave stamp sets ever. Lovely card–hope your life calms down a bit so you can revisit this technique and not be so frustrated by it, because it’s really nice!

  5. Have seen but never really understood the tenchnique til now—so very nice and different—-nice card!

  6. We’re glad you kept on plugging along Debbie! This is lovely….thank you for the tips. I appreciate them.

  7. This card is so lovely. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful creative projects.

  8. Beauitful card. Thank you for the details!

  9. Your card turned out beautifully…certainly well worth the effort! So glad you found my video helpful…thanks for the shout-out!

  10. WOW!! Debbie, your card is beautiful, love those dragonflies and fern images. I watched the video and this technique is definitely worth trying.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Great card, I have never seen this technique before, thanks for introducing it to me.

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