Welcome to this edition of the Stamp Review Crew’s twice-monthly blog hop. We gather on the first and third Monday of each month to show off one stamp set — this time it’s Dashing Deer, from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog). Although I’m the first blog in this hop this time, today you have a loop of 15 blogs — you can see the list of participants by clicking the banner above. You may have arrived here from Paper Conversation, where you enjoyed the creativity of my friend Mickey Roberts.
This particular image simply stunned me the first time I stamped it. I know, you see it in the catalog and on other people’s blogs, but it’s something else to see it in real life. It’s so beautiful.
I tried this in several colors, but I kept coming back to Cherry Cobbler. Red and black are favorite Christmas colors for me (although it sounds odd!), but I just couldn’t get it to work. Until, that is, I remembered the beautiful effects of layering embossing powder. We did this many years ago — in fact, Stampin’ Up! used to carry a chunkier embossing powder just for this purpose. Here’s a closeup:
See that glassy surface? It’s like looking into a pool. After I stamped and die cut the deer, I brayered on a layer of VersaMark, then applied Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and melted it. I repeated the heat embossing twice more. You may think it would be easier to heat emboss first, then die cut — and it would be easier — but you wouldn’t get the same sort of beveled edge that is so appealing.
Keep reading for the list of supplies I used, or leave me (awww!) and hop to Bronwyn’s blog, addINKtive designs, to fall in love with what she’s done!