Friday, August 19, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #83 - Embossed Circular Frame

Hi all, it's Inkspirations time again:-


This week I have rotated the sketch anti-clockwise by 90 degrees & here is the result:-


(If you are wondering, that is a real life fishing net, lol!  I couldn't help using this prop, seeing as it was on hand.)

My DT buddies, Renée  & Carrie, are experts when it comes to cool distressing techniques, & I have used some dainty rolled corners on my map, in their style.  Thanks for the inspiration ladies!  :)

Last week I promised you a rundown on how I created my circular embossed frames, so I have incorporated one in this week's design:-


BTW, I want to send out a huge "thank you" to the gorgeous Nikki Spencer, who stamped some Open Sea images for me, while I patiently waited for the set I purchased (via a popular on-line auction site) to arrive!  *waving madly Nikki!*

Now for the nitty gritty - I lightly coloured the compass image with a bashful blue marker & marina mist ink with a blender pen.  I punched this out using a 7/8" circle punch. 


I coloured the entire disk with my Versamark marker & then clear embossed it.  I then did this a second & third time, to get a nice generous, glass-like coating.  I punched a 1" black circle & layered my compass image onto it.


To make the embossed frame, I punched four 1.1/8" circles into a piece of cardstock, leaving a gap between each.  Then, lining up each 1.1/8" circle in the centre of the 1.3/8" punch, I punched again, giving me four rings.


I created a "chipboard" ring by layering the four rings in a stack, using the adhesive from the Sizzix adhesive sheets.  (You simply peel away one liner from your adhesive sheet, sit your punched shape on the adhesive sheet & then lift it off.  It should give you a nice coating of adhesive on it, so you can stick it to another ring.)


Next I punched a 1.1/2" circle from gold cardstock.  I centred the "chipboard" ring under the cardstock circle & added a tiny bit of masking tape to hold it in place.  Then I misted my gold circle with alcohol to help with the embossing.


This is the Big Shot sandwich I made, starting from the bottom:-
  • Multi purpose platform (open at Tab 1)
  • Gold cardstock circle (with "chipboard" ring underneath)
  • Silicone rubber embossing mat
  • Both clear plates
(Please note:  You may need to adjust this sandwich depending on your particular Big Shot, Cuttlebug or other embossing equipment.)


Now the cardstock circle will remain damp for a while, but you can very carefully remove the "chipboard" ring - just make sure you don't warp your circle.  Otherwise, you can wait until it's fully dry (blast it with a hairdryer if you like) & remove it then.


Flip it back over & adhere your compass face to the indentation in the centre & you are ready to attach your "compass" to your project.  :)


You could try this method with any shape, as long as you have enough concentric sizes.

Now the very talented ladies from the Inkspiration Team have some lovely projects to share with you, so go take a look at the Challenge site.


Card Components (all SU except as noted)
Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
DSP:  Newsprint
Stamps:  Open Sea, Word Play
Inks:  Marina Mist Pad & Marker, Basic Black, Bashful Blue Marker, Crumb Cake, Versamark marker
Other:  Marina striped grosgrain ribbon, gold brads, clear embossing powder, dimensionals, circle punches (1", 1.3/8", 1.1/2")
Non SU:  Circle punches (7/8", 1.1/8"), distressing tool

6 comments:

Nikki Spencer said...

Love the end result Helen and waving right back at you for your yummo "Rocky Road"..:0)
Your compass is fab, thanks for sharing the how too of the frame, loving that concept, so many possibilities.
Love the "Artsy" fishing net pic too!

Marisa said...

Great card. Love how you did the ring for the compass. Great take on this week's sketch.

Christine Blain said...

Great card, love your tutorial, and fabulous staging, Helen. You're just so clever!

Carrie Gaskin said...

The compass ring is fantastic and than you so much for sharing how you did it! Great card this week and your distressing is fabulous. :-0

Cindy Major said...

Well, aren't you clever!!! That compass is fantastic!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Phew ... I am exhausted reading that tutorial! Is it as tricky as it sounds??? I do like the sound of those adhesive sheets ... hhhmmm ... all the possibilities! Love the fabulous design and "maleness"! Hugs Andrea xxx
PS: It is nice to have a few minutes to do some long overdue blog surfing! Hope to pop by again soon!