Saturday, March 31, 2012

Carson's Creations Embossing Blog Hop!

Hello!  You've come to the last stop on the Embossing Blog Hop.  I'm so glad you're here.
If you happened to just stop by, be sure to visit all the crafters for some great inspiration and blog candy!

I needed a card for a teenage boy's birthday.  And that can be really tough. You certainly don't want it to be cutesy.  Last year, I used a guitar on his card so I definitely wanted to go for something different this year.  Here's what I made...

A little crazy? ... maybe.  Different?...definitely!   I know he likes music so I thought this would be appropriate.  At first I was going to cut away the flourishes, but then I thought that maybe the flourishes were representing the music coming from the headphones! 

Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Let me show you what I did.  I first cut the base and skull from the Rock Princess cartridge at 3-1/2".   This is a very wide image--it wound up being 7-3/8" wide!  So that's why I made this a long card.

Gee, it's a bit plain looking, isn't it??

Well, that's where the embossing comes in.  I used Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic embossing folder. 

Look at the ol' boy now!

Don't you just love what an embossing folder does to a plain piece of cardstock?   I inked the edges and the raised "tiny mosaics" with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Antique Linen for the final look.

The orange shimmer cardstock is embossed with the Cuttlebug Traffic Jam folder, which is an A2 size.  So because the background cardstock is so long, the embossing has to be done in 2 parts.  Luckily this pattern was easy to piece together. After running it through my Big Kick once, I put the cardstock back in the folder (actually turned sideways) and ran it through again.

 Because the pattern is random,  I was really pleased with how it turned out.

On the inside of the card, I embossed the green border strip with Cuttlebug's Distressed Stripes embossing folder.  I used Kraft cardstock here and for the shadow on the skull.

I have some blog candy to offer for stopping by.  And what could be more appropriate than an Embossing Folder!?

For a chance to win this embossing folder, just leave a comment on this post.  It would be nice if you followed my blog, but it's not a requirement.  I'll pick a winner on Wednesday, April 4.

In addition, if you feel so inspired, be sure to enter our challenge and make a project using some form of embossing, wet or dry.  The winner will be announced on April 7.  Check it out and enter your project at Carson's Creations !

Now, if you haven't made it all around the hop, here's the line-up.  Please be sure to start at the beginning with Georgiana, our hostess for this hop, and visit all our participants:

Georgiana ~ -- your next (first) stop!
Pat ~ -- you are here!

Thanks for joining the hop today.  I appreciate you stopping by!


  1. What an awesome skull and I do love the music flowing from the headphones. I am so glad you showed how to emboss a larger piece of paper. I am always concerned about lining it up, but it is nice to know that some patterns just do not matter!

    Thanks for being a part of this hop today!
    Carson's Creations

  2. Very cool card!! He is going to love it!! I love all the different embossing you did!! I love inking my embossing after to bring it out more!! I am already a follower!!
    sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

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  4. I love how you used "Tiny Mosaics" on the skull. Turned out great. TFS

  5. Awesome card and great prize too!

  6. Hi Pat rockin cool card! I am going to scraplift this for my nephew he is in a band would love this different upexpected and Wonderful! Karen

  7. Awesome card Pat!! Love the embossing and whole design! So happy to be hopping with you!
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Great job Pat, and I agree, I think the flourishes are the "music", although lightning bolts may have been a better representation;)

  9. Pat, that is really cute! Very creative. TFS!


  10. The Captain Jack Sparrow fan I am likes the skull creation. Agree, it is wo0nderful what embossing does to make plain cool looking. I've done heat embossing, dry embossing & started by embossing with a lightbox, stylus & template.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  11. I wish this Hop was last week! I made a similar card, but didn't think to extend my embossed background like you did.


  12. This is such a fun card! The embossing really does make things look so much more interesting!
    Small Bits of Paper
    smallbitsofpaper @ [remove spaces]

  13. What a perfect card for a young man!!! I bet he will love it! The embossed bg paper is great as is the embossed skull. :)

  14. I came to your blog first and was inspired by your great card to go do the hop!! I just love how your card turned out and how much the embossing added to it :-) Great job on this and I follow...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  15. what a fun card for a boy and I like your story,
    Carol N<><

  16. This is awesome! Guy cards are hard to do, I love this. It is amazing how the texture changes the feel of the card.

  17. This is a rockin' fun card Pat. Love it!

  18. Pat, your skull rocks! He is sure to love this! Great embossing it really makes the card pop! It's been hopping along with you today!

  19. Awesome card. Rock Princess is one of my fav carts. Love the embossing you did on the skull.

  20. Fantastic card!! I have such a difficult time making boy cards! Love it!! new follower!! Christina

  21. great card! love the idea of embossing and then inking. it's a technique that i want to try...just to get a few supplies first :)

    thanks for the chance at a fabulous folder :) love cuttlebug :)

  22. Great embossing! I like the different folders you used. He should love the card!

  23. Hip card for a teenage boy. Love the colors you used

  24. Simply amazing, I need to try that technique, great job!

    mzcherub at gmail dot com

  25. Just love, love, love that cut and your card turned out so cool. My granddaughter would love it. Have been want that cart for a long time.

  26. Your card looks great. It will definitely be a hit. I love the picture you have on your blog header, too.
    Rae Ann O.

  27. I love this card. Great for a boy which I always find hard. Glad to be a part of this blog hop with you and already a huge fan from Canada!

  28. Nicely done pat. Love the that embossing folder.

    DIANA L.

  29. This is so awesome, Pat!! I love all of the embossing...the traffic jam folder is one of my favorites!! What a perfect card for a teenage boy!! :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  30. wow this is really neat. Thanks for sharing with us and giving some great tips along the way. I am becoming a follower as soon as I post this. Thanks again.

  31. What an awesome "boy" card! Love your attention to detail. I'm brand new to embossing. I've hardly mastered heat embossing. And my Cuttlebug only came in the mail this week. I'm so excited to learn all these techniques right at the beginning of my journey! Thanks!


  32. your card is soo cool! love it! love the colors and different embossing patterns! happy to be following your blog! ~HL

  33. Fun card.It does look like music coming from headphones.Love the embossing on skull.Great colors and embossing.

  34. WOw, I love the way you embossed the skull! Combing the 2 different embossing patterns on one card makes for such a wonderful look. I'm a new your projects!
    kladd94803 at aol dot com

  35. I know what you mean about it being tough to make cards for guys. You came up with a great idea!
    I've never tried embossing a longer piece of paper. Looks like it turned out great for you!

    bborre at hotmail dot com

  36. What a great card! Im sure the teenager will love it! Im a new follower.

    mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

  37. Super cool card! perfect for a teenage boy!!!

  38. Super cool card! perfect for a teenage boy!!!

  39. Wow! This is super cute. I love it. Already a follower...

    creativediva98 at gmail dot com

  40. Love the card!

    missstamper (at)

  41. Great card. Love your embossing folder choices. New follower ;0)

    Be blessed, Beckie

  42. How cool is this! awesome embossing, TFS and for the chance to win, I am a new follower ;)
    have a great day
    unikebyyes {at}yahoo {dot} com

  43. WOW!!! Pat that was a DEEP explanation!! hahaha I love it!! Great card, it is so hard to come up with a boy card, especially a teenage boy! Great Job!! karen♥


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