It's time for the April 2014 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! Just go over to Nichole Heady's blog for all of the details, (here)
I used PTI Vintage Cream cardstock to mimic the look of linen fabric. I love how I thought of adding a dobby border with my (new!) Polka Dot Basics II stamp set. I stamped my images with pigment ink (Fresh Ink's Red Currant) and then immediately covered the images with clear embossing powder and heat set them in an attempt to make the lines look more like stitching. But it really doesn't give very much of a 3D effect because embossing powder doesn't quite stick to pigment ink like it does to Versamark. I have some red embossing powder which I initially used, and it did give more of a wow factor, except that my powder is about 15 years old and even with an embossing buddy it was impossible to do a neat job - stray powder everywhere! It also smudged after it was heat set and cooled so it was obviously past its expiry date. That little jar is now history!
I made another card, this time just stamping and not embossing the images, and it looks like this:
I prefer the ink colour of this one (Hero Arts' Red Royal) because it looks more like the Turkish red thread, but in real life the embossed card has more depth and I like the simpler layout better. But the longer I look at this one, the more I'm liking it!
Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream (card front) Stamper's Select White (card base) for first card; Rustic Cream on the second card shown
Stamps: PTI Friends 'Til the End, Embellished Elegance, Bold Bouquet Anniversary, Polka Dot Basics II
Other: Clearsnap embossing powder
Inks: PTI Sweet Blush; Fresh Ink Red Currant; Hero Arts Red Royal