February 12, 2010
This weeks's "technique" challenge was heat embossing, something I learned in the past couple of years when I was still gainfully employed and learning a lot of "stuff" about scrapbooking but that I didn't have time to actually play with and perfect.. I was pleasantly surprised when this embossing project "worked" on the first go round. I love the combination of red and teal and used Zing red embossing powder, Colorobox Aquamarine ink and one of my favorite Technique Tuesday mini-flowers for this card.
I must say that I'm finding these challenges to be very "challenging" because I am a scrapbooker who just happens to be making cards for Operation Write Home. I'm not a "crafter" and at least not in the near term, a dedicated card person, although I do make Christmas cards and homemade cards for family & friends on special holidays, birthdays etc. I've not had much experience with stamping (can't you tell?) so I've been focusing some free time on that recently now that I'm a "retiree." That being said, part of my "cardmaker's block" is due in part to the fact that my first love is photography and my scrapbooking approach is generally "less is more" when it comes to embellishments because I do lots of layouts that have 6-10 photos. This card is definitely a "less is more" card although I like it's simplicity. A simple design for Mom's Day cards with my new "Luv U Mom" stamp but also perfect for many "just because" and "i love you" cards.