Jun 02 2010
I love the look of patent leather on shoes and handbags, so why not on my cards?
By applying one or two layers of clear embossing powder to cardstock, I can recreate the look of patent leather. See the step by step directions below for patent leather embossing.
To make the Black and White Watercolor Trio card above, I ran my patent leather paper through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I added four black brads from the Vintage Brads assortment (did you notice that these are retiring? I use them all the time!)
The greeting and image were stamped with Black StazOn ink. To complete the card, I layered different sizes of circle punches under the greeting.
For this card, I used Real Red cardstock that was run through the Big Shot with the Finial Press embossing folder. Since this folder has a bolder image, it created a really interesting vintage look on the cardstock.
I layered with Basic Black, Whisper White and Brushed Silver cardstocks and stamped again with Black Stazon ink. The greeting is the Elegant Thank You stamp.
The Basic Black satin ribbon was threaded through the Flower Ribbon Slide included in the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware kit.
This card uses Sahara Sand cardstock that has been patent leather embossed. The embossing folder is Manhattan Flower.
I stamped the same Watercolor Trio greeting as the first card in Night of Navy ink and punched it with the large oval punch. It was layered onto a scallop oval in Night of Navy cardstock and applied with stampin’ dimensionals.
The card itself is Night of Navy cardstock with a layer of Certainly Celery. I used those two colours again for the ribbon – Certainly Celery satin ribbon and Night of Navy 1/4" grosgrain.
Patent Leather Embossing is a simple technique that creates a look that can be fun or elegant. Try it today!
Cover the cardstock fully and evenly with VersaMark ink. Make sure your pad is well inked. Apply the ink gently and tap to apply instead of rubbing to avoid damage to your ink pad.
Apply clear embossing powder to the entire surface of the cardstock.
Heat with a heat tool until all the powder is melted. If necessary, let cardstock cool and apply a second coat of VersaMark ink and embossing powder so coverage is even.
Cardstock will be shiny just like patent leather. You can see that some glitter made its way into my clear embossing powder. It actually adds a neat effect for this technique.
Don’t think it, ink it!