This technique is VERY simple and basically it is just embossing cut out elements with clear embossing powder to create a shiny or glossy appearance. I wasn’t really sure what to call it, so Enameled Elements seemed to be pretty descriptive.
Enameled Elements: Create glossy faux enameled accents using punched out elements and clear embossing powder.
Cut out a shape with punches, dies, thinlits, or framelits. Apply Versamark ink to the shape and heat emboss. Apply a second coat of Versamark ink and heat emboss again for a glossy look. A third coat may be applied if you desire to have an even thicker layer of clear embossing.
I CASED this card from jkcards and it was the inspiration for this technique, as well. I loved the idea of creating these glossy elements on the card and I also LOVED his card template. I altered my card, just a little, by changing the color combination slightly. I used Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, and Real Red for my color scheme. I decided on this because I liked the colors in JK’s card, but I wanted to change them slightly and these are the colors used in the Maritime DSP (p.187), and I really loved the combo.
I added a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock to the other three colored layers and then added my glossy hellos. I cut out 3 hellos with the Hello You Thinlits Dies (p.31 OC) in the color scheme. I used Versamark ink (p.210) and Clear embossing powder (p.213) to emboss the cut-outs. I repeated that embossing process a second time and that really made those little hellos shine!! They look like little plastic or enamel pieces and it is so stricking in person.It is hard to see on the image, but they really have a fabulous look! I just attached them to my card using a 2-way glue pen (p.204).
This card also uses the Hello You Thinlits Dies (p.31 OC). I used a Wisteria Wonder card base, a Something Borrowed DSP (p.43 OC) layer, and a Whisper White layer embossed with the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder (p.19 OC) and cut out with the Apothecary Accents Framelits (p.230). I cut out a piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock with the “thanks” Thinlit from the Hello You Thinlits Dies and embossed twice with Clear embossing powder (p.213). I added some floral embellishments in Wisteria Wonder and Mossy Meadow cardstock, which I punched out with the Petite Petals Punch (p.219), Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (p.222), and the Bird Builder Punch (p.223). I added some Pearls (p.209) for the added touch in the center of the flowers.
This card was CASED from HERE. I really loved the card layout and I thought it would be even more impressive with the Enameled Elements! I used a Crumb Cake card base and embossed that with the Arrows Embossing Folder (p.226). I added a piece of Early Espresso cardstock which I stamped with the Backgrounds Rule background stamp (p.175) in Early Espresso ink. Then I used the Stars Framelits (p.231) and the star shape from the Circle Flip Card Thinlits (p.228) to cut out the stars from the Early Espresso piece AND from Real Red cardstock.
Finally, I cut out the “for you” from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (p.9 OC) and embossed that 3 times with Clear Embossing Powder too. I added that to the card with my 2-way glue pen (p.204).
This card was was CASED from HERE. Again, I liked the basic layout, but wanted to step it up a notch with some Enameled Elements. I used a Basic Gray card base and a banner in Whisper White cut with the Banners Framelits (p.231). I cut out three feathers with the Feathers Framelits (p.49 OC /carry over from the Holiday Catalog) in Black, Basic Gray, and Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I embossed the Basic Gray feather with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (p.226). I did the Enameled Elements Technique on the Black and Blackberry Bliss feathers, and embossed them 3 times with Clear Embossing Powder.
I added a small banner cut with my paper snips and stamped with the words from the Simply Wonderful Sale-a-bration stamp set. Finally, I added a Black Button (p.208) tied with a piece of Basic Black Baker’s Twine (p.206).
I really love this technique, and it is just a basic process of heat embossing with Clear Embossing Powder to create some fabulous elements to add to your cards. I hope you give this one a try…you will not be disappointed!