My blog is called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of incorporating mistakes. With fumble fingers that drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly, it takes a lot of giggles, smiles and creative patience during my crafting process. xx

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Embossing Folder - Back to Basics and Beyond Challenges

Welcome crafty blogging friends!
Hope this finds you doing well, and playing with your artsy supplies.

It's very hot, humid and wet here. Typical Florida Summer! And quite conducive to indoor meanderings in my craft room.

It's time for another
Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge!

It's a challenge blog dedicated to... you guessed it... getting back to the basics.

For the next two weeks, join us by uploading an "Anything-Goes" challenge as long as an embossing folder is used.

I'm showing a modern-take on a vintage tag.

Is that an oxymoronic description?

The tag is for a very special on-line friend, who is always so generous with her cards and love.

It all started with a 5x7 embossing folder and Chrome Silver mirror cardstock (Apologies for the poor lighting):

After dry embossing I decided it would look fantastic to add blue coloring to the debossed areas (yes, I did that backwards, deciding to color AFTER embossing the cardstock - lack of planning on my part). To keep the ink in place on this non-porous surface, Clear Detail Embossing Powder was dredged on top of the dry embossed tag, and heat set:

TIP: this was a great lesson because I learned that the Clear Detail Embossing Powder anchored the ink in place AND kept the shininess, but refracted the light enough to help with taking photos!

The die cut leaves were covered with Brushable Glue and dredged with two monochromatic "blue tone" ultrafine glitters: 

Fascination G1030 (mixture of blues and other hues to bring out some silveriness) 


Blue Lightning G1008 (bright bold blue that sparkles gorgeously)

Sentiment is from Pretty Blooms Rubber Stamp Set 873
(also in digital format).

The glue for the glitter dried in the time it took to assemble the ribbon and die cut the sentiment, even on a rainy day.

A slate blue background was punched with an old edge punch and adhered to the tag. Everything else was adhered with 1/2" Tear-ific Double Sided Tape.

Hoping to see your projects at 
Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge!

A few products used:

Products Used:

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Craft-Dee BowZ (July) AG with handmade bow 8/1
  2. Create and Inspire #76  AG 8/10
  3. Mix it Up Challenge #15 Mix it Up More than one medium (mediums listed above) 8/1 (sep post)
  4. Monochrome Magic #13 AG Monochrome 8/15
  5. Not Just Cards Challenges (Jul 11) "AG" 8/11
  6. That's Crafty Challenge Blog (Jul 4) "Close To Nature" 8/1
  7. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1829 Anything Goes  7/31
  8. World Wide Open DT Challenge #7 AG DT 8/15
  9. A Bit More Time to Craft #72 Anything Goes 7/29

Thanks for visiting!
Stamping hugs,


aussie aNNie said...

Stunning tag and beautiful embossing. Love that gorgeous blue and the flower is sheer delight.xx

craftieodmae said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

meg said...

fantastic description of the steps you took making this gorgeous tag

Chris said...

Gorgeous tag Donna, love the metallic look of the embossed mirror card, beautiful deep blues and glittering leaves. Gorgeous flower and bow too, this tag has a really opulent air!
Hope you're keeping well.

cuilliesocks said...

Totally stunning Donna, the design and colours are gorgeous, love it, Kate x x

Linda Vich said...

Donna this is an AMAZING tag! I love how you have combined the different shades of blue and of course all the textures, Wiw!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Stunning work Donna! Love all the different hues of the blues. So much sparkle and shine and thanks for the tip on the mirror cardstock! Gorgeous work, my friend!

Linda Simpson said...

This is stunning Donna, love the layers, textures and design.
Linda xxx

Crafting Queen said...

Stunning tag, love the creative use of your embossing folder.

Becky said...

And it is even more stunning in person. I'm the lucky recipient of this tag, and it just takes my breath away. Beautiful job, Donna. I love it so much.

Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh My, this is amazing, what a pretty tag and Im sure your friend will adore it, Hazelxx

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is a real beauty Donna. You have put so much work into this tag. Very classy.

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous tag Donna so different great job

Sue said...

Hi Donna, That tag is stunning. I have got into making tags, but not managed anything so exquisite.

We are having temps into the 30s here. It's too much for me. I prefer low to mid 20s.

Hope you are having a good day. Sue

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Donna, lots of beautiful details and lovely colours - a fabulous tag.
We are in the middle of a heat wave here, I can't remember the last time we had some rain - there is talk of a hose pipe ban soon!
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

*Vicki* said...

Wow! This is one amazing tag Donna! I just love the brilliant blue colors you've used along with all of that sparkle and shimmer everywhere! You've done a great job with the dimension to with embossing and those delicate looking pearls on the flower are stunning! This would certainly be a special tag for a special person! I love it! HUGS

Verna Angerhofer said...

Absolutely gorgeous with all the beautiful blues, pretty embossed design and gorgeous flower. All the glitter really looks amazing on those leaves and the ribbon is perfect as well.

Karenladd said...

Wow Donna, this is anything but back to basic! You took the embossing folder technique and kicked it up several notches for a spectacular project. I love the metallic card stock with added blue coloration, and the layered flowers and butterflies are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Bunny said...

Wow, Donna! This is fabulous. Absolutely beautiful. [Bunny]

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Donna, I love the blues on this, and even though you say you should have colored the blue ahead of time, this looks amazing. Wish I had as good of luck with my goofs as you always have with yours. Stay cool and enjoy the craft time.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, sweet Donna, you are amazing! I love your tag and the gorgeous blues (my lifetime favorite color), and what a process. I love how you think out of the box and create what I would never, ever think of! What a delight to see the step-outs that you show! Thank you, sweet friend! You are so dearly loved! Hugs! xoxo

NanaConnie said...

WOW, Donna, this is stunning! Incredible vintage look and I adore every bit of sparkle. Great tip about the EP cutting down on the glare for photography. I'll try to remember that one. You do inspire me.
BTW, we're hot out here in California, too, but no humidity - just dry, dry, dry! 105 F today. I think I'll go get a long, tall, drink of cool water.

Cazro said...

Wow! I love how you have created the tag, with all the wonderful elements and different techniques. The colours are gorgeous, perfect combinations. I'm sure you greatly enjoyed making this project. Caz.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Wow Donna, this is just gorgeous, I love how you used just a portion of the die, the coloring you did to it looks great and makes it look like it has been that way for years! I love the way you added sparkle to it with the leaves and love the colors in the ribbon and such pretty detail on that flower!

Lori Kobular said...

What a gorgeous tag Donna! I love the ribbon you used! That silver paper is gorgeous embossed and I love all that beautiful blue!!

Mia said...

Wow! This tag is PERFECT, Donna! You are such a talented lady! The colour combination, the dies and the ribbon are beautiful. Wow! Hugs, my friend.

Donna Phelan said...

WOW! Your gorgeous creation makes me anything, but blue! I l love your color palette and this pretty design jammed packed with so much loveliness! The embossing, flowers, glittery foliage and ribbon are magical! Gorgeous!

Jennifer Scull said...

This is such a beautiful tag! I love what you did with the embossing and other lovely elements. Just stunning! :)

Margarets designer cards said...

Fabulous, stunning and beautiful tag, there’s a lot of work gone into this tag and it shows

crafty-stamper said...

Stunning tag Donna -great idea on how to colour the shiny embossing-gorgeous bow and love all the sparkle
Carol x
Thank you for joining us at Create And Inspire
Carol DT x

pam said...

Wow Stunning tag De, gorgeous embossing and wonderful details with inky embossing. love the decorations.
Hugs Pam x

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Woweeeeeee, absolutely stunning work here. Tag looks stunningly amazing. I love it. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Beebeebabs said...

Wow absolutely beautiful as always - love everything - great job as always!!!

Lisa J said...

Gorgeous tag in blue hues! Thank you for playing along with me this month. Lisa Monochrome Magic

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna, your tag looks amazing! I love the embossed metallic background and beautiful sparkly flowers! The special someone who receives this tag is going to be super impressed - the tag is a gift in itself! Beautiful job, my friend! Have a great weekend!

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW this is so stunning Donna...each inch is the texture and that gorgeous fabulous !!
Dr Sonia

April said...

Gorgeous! Love all the detail.

Janis Lewis said...

Cute! Thanks for joining us at Not Just Cards.

Sam & Poppy said...

Really pretty :)
Thanks for joining in with us at That's Crafty!

sarascloset said...

My word, Donna! this is a wonderful tag! You described it perfectly as a 'modern-take on a vintage tag'. I love that textured (!!!!) background and your glittery blues! that bow is sensational!

I've just returned from vacation, and prior to that working to get caught up and prepared to take vacation, and now recovering from vacation, so I haven't had much time for 'visiting'. What a pleasure it was to visit today and see your new (?) header and this gorgeous work of art! Take care! Hugs!

Diane said...

Stunning tag Donna, and a beautiful use of the mirror card stock, the entire tag is drop dead gorgeous!!

Lisa said...

Wow!! This is so stunning, Donna!! The texture and sparkle are amazing!! I love the glittery blue leaves and the pretty bow!! Every detail is spectacular!! What a gorgeous tag this!! I love, love it!! I hope you have a great day, my friend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Vickie Y said...

Wow! What a gorgeous creation! Thank you for sharing with us at The PIP Challenge

Sue said...

Oh my, your tag took on something of the spectacular with all that embossing and glitter and beautiful flowers! How very lovely it turned out!


Valerija said...

This is fantastic, love all the details.
Valerija xx

Stef H said...

o.m.word! this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! wow!

thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comment on my card for the BACK TO BASICS challenge.

have a great week!

Janice said...

A stunning tag, so much detail, I must keep looking at it to make sure I haven’t missed anything!
Janice x

Leslie Miller said...

No way, Donna! What you did with that metallic CS is utterly fantastic! I soooooo want to go play in my room now, which I haven't done in so long, having been on vacation. Love our trips, but I get to missing my stamp room. Every bit of this tag is scrumptiously beautiful. Seriously amazing!

lalkygirl said...

What a beautiful creation . Love what you have done with the embossed background
Thanks for joining us at Craftdeebowz and good luck in the challenge
Tracey x

Dorthe said...

So lovely and beautiful a tag,
thankyou so much for adding it to our challenge over at That`s Crafty ,-DT Dorthe

Pia S said...

Oooh, glitter, sparkle, shine, pearls and plenty of texture, this tag looks amazing!

FiestyCrafter (Tina) said...

Absolutely a beautiful tag you created! Thanks for joining us at MIUCB
Tina dt

Marina said...

I'm finding your use of embossing folders on mirror card quite inspiring - hope you won't mind if you see it cropping up on my creations soon! This is beautifully layered and shiny. Thanks for following my blog - I've just followed you back.

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful creation Donna, love the design!
Crafty Hugs, Sherry xx
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

MaryH said...

Stunning, and lots of interesting techniques on this awesome & so many detailed layers. Love the color of your ribbon too. (did you dye it?) I have a question re: the clear ep dredging, then the inking, but will email. You're doing some really intricate details on your cards lately, and it really stuns the eye. So glad you are feeling crafty these days! Hugs & happy upcoming week. TFS