Friday 17 June 2016

Anything But Paper - a New Emerald Creek Dare

Hi and servus!

Over at Emerald Creek we have a new dare for you - this time you are to use "anything but paper"!
And if you haven't stopped by the day before yesterday to see my project for the SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges mid month reminder, I would like to ask you to scroll down to the previous post and check it out too.  

For my Emerald Creek project I decided to go for some excessive heat embossing with their lovely Emerald Creek embossing powders I have and use some rubber stamps with them. 

Stamping into embossing enamels creates awesome texture and is great fun! And if you are afraid your rubber stamps might get ruined - don't be: it really is very easy. Just mist your rubber stamps with a bit of cold water from a spray bottle before stamping into the still warm embossing enamels! 
Then leave the rubber stamp in place until the embossing enamel has completely cooled down (which takes a few minutes). Afterwards you can easily peel it off. 

And if you don't like the result - simply reheat the embossing enamel and try again! Always make sure you have a thick enough layer of embossing enamel to stamp in. I used two to three coats of added embossing powder before I stamped into the melted enamel. You can simply add another layer by sprinkling on more embossing powder while the previous layer is still hot. That will keep your new layer of embossing powder in place without the use of additional embossing ink. 

I was also daring and made my own mix of four different Emerald Creek embossing powders: 

That mix was added to the third wood heart. The other two were done using Burnt Copper Leaves  and Easter Parade embossing powders directly from the jars. 

To highlight the texture I used Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks:

I glued the fab skull charm and fleur brads to the hearts and then mounted them to an old linen book spine. The skull and brads were toned down using alcohol inks too so they matched the look of the embossing enamels.

Emerald Creek Brads and charms used: 

I added a little Distress Crayon from the Distress Crayons Set #3 around the edges of the panel and smudged it with my finger before I spread it with a wet brush. I created a hanging loop from some rusty wire. Et voilá:

Some close ups:

The challenge is open for two weeks and you can win a $25 (CAN) voucher to shop with the Emerald Creek Online Store.

So why not hop over to the Dares blog and check out how to enter the challenge and get some more fab inspiration from my lovely team mates?! To get to the blog simply click on the badge below.

Thanks for stopping by and
hugs and happy crafting!



  1. Very cool project, Claudia, and way to use your creative thinking cap to use everything but paper! Love that skull and those fabulous embossed hearts! Hugs!

  2. Fabulous textures Claudia and the stamped embossing looks amazing the way you have coloured it up. Love the end results and the hanging is perfect.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xx

  3. Love your project Claudia! Stamping into the embossing powder is genius! Love all the different texture you created using the different embossing powders.

  4. Its very lovely, i like your blog, art and post :-)
    Have a great weekend.

  5. 3 Herzen im Embossingtakt, wofür wohl der Skull steht? auf jeden Fall eine wunderschöne Farb- und Texturekombination!

  6. Love this Claudia!! You're textures are so incredible...I learn from you every time!! Thank you for that 😊

  7. Claudia, Claudia, Claudia, this project was so amazing. I didn't even know my products could look like this. You are a creative genius

  8. Very cool Claudia!!! You're creativity always amazes me!

  9. Fabulous Claudia! Love the stamping on the embossed hearts and using the book spine as a backing for your hanging was a brilliant idea. Gorgeous vintage colours and textures, thank you so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  10. Such a cool creative take on the Dare! LOVE it! Great tutorial too! TFS!


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