One of the techniques that I loved the first time I saw it was heat embossing. It's just like magic to watch, isn't it? And I still love the raised, elegant look. In my card today, I am using one of the beautiful October releases from Whimsy Stamps, Winter Roses.
It can be a large background stamp, or you can use each image separately, as I have done in today's card.
I started by stamping the rose with gold metallic ink on watercolor paper, and then embossing with gold powder. I watercolored using my Blue Bayou reinker (I know it looks green, but it's in the blue-green family!) and an aqua brush. Once I had my rose painted, I added the leaves with Mellow Moss (both inks from Stampin' Up). I stamped the sentiment words separately with my MISTI, also using gold ink and powder.
Because of the simple stamped design, I had the opportunity to use a beautiful pearlized pattern paper from the Bohemian collection with peacocks that matched perfectly! I added some lace (Michael's) and pearls (Kaisercraft) and mounted each layer on Champagne Metallic cardstock (Prism). I love how it turned out! What do you think?
Just for fun - I think my daughter's cat likes it: