Friday, July 22, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #79 - DYI Embossed Background

Hello, thanks for coming to visit!  This week's Inkspirations Challenge is a fantastic sketch, that you are sure to love.  Here it is:-

Nice & easy, & oh so versatile.  Here is what I have done with it:-

I decided to go for a nice, clean card, with this numeral DSP.  The only thing was, I didn't want a plain white background, so I decided to add a bit of texture.  You may have realised by now, I like to experiment!!!  :D
So experiment I did, lol - I made by own embossed background....

I grabbed a sheet of cardstock, stuck a Sizzix Adhesive Sheet to it & then die cut a whole stack of numbers.  For each number, I stuck three layers together, (easy to do with the sticky adhesive backing) which in effect made a "chipboard" number.  Then I laid them randomly on a piece of A6 cardstock.  (I didn't cover the entire piece as the centre was going to be covered by other layers of my card.)

I sat this sheet on top of my fully open multi-purpose platform, added my white cardstock panel, which I had misted with alcohol, layered the black Sizzix rubber embossing mat on top & then put my two clear plates on top.  I cranked this sandwich through the Big Shot & voila, embossed numeral background:-

Here's the completed card again:-

The rest of the card is quite simple, but I like the sleek, graphic look.
Thanks for dropping by - I hope you are all inspired.  As for me, I'm going back to play some more with the Big Shot!!!

Here are the links so you can see what the rest of the Team have done with this great sketch:-
Card Components: (All SU except as noted)
Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Whisper White
DSP:  Celebrations
Stamps:  Party This Way
Inks:  Real Red
Other:  Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals
Non SU:  Alcohol, Baker's Twine


Fiona Harrison said...

Such a cool card, you're a clever chick, I'm planning on cheating and purchasing a number embossing folder from PTI lol.

Cindy Major said...

Love the cool embossing you've done on your cardstock - looks like the continuity of your patterned paper. Very neat!

Have a great weekend!

Marisa said...

Fabulously done, Helen! Love the embossed numbered BG and the way you carried it over to the front panel. Great card :)

Paula said...

Very clever Helen!! Thanks for talking us through that fab do-it-yourself embossing - LOVE IT!

Nikki Spencer said...

You are a clever chick! l am definately going to try this technique, thanks for sharing the how too!
I love the clean lines with the bright DSP.

Alison said...

That is such a cool idea!!!...and a great card! :)

Christine Blain said...

This is WAY cool, my friend; love seeing the results of your experiments!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Super fun ... love the DYI background! I don't have numbers or letters ... but I imagine this would be a great idea with other diecuts, too! Hugs xxaxx

Beedubya said...

You're smarter than your average picnik basket, lady! That is AWESOME! I'm surely going to make myself one of these. Gorgeous card! TFS!

xo B.

Carrie Gaskin said...

What a wonderful and successful experiment, my dear. This is fantastic!

Lynne Armstrong said...

Fab idea for the embossed background Helen...the 'chipboard' pieces work so well for this technique. Love the whole card.
hugs xx