Monday, 17 August 2009

dragon cards

Rainbow Lady's challenge this week is for something with a dragon on - so here is a dragon card faturing one of the dragons from the Elusive Images set.
This actually was the second card, the first attempts drove me mad, so I opted for the easy way! The dragon was inked with black brilliance ink and stamped into a piece of triple embossed card - well, more like 5 layers actually! The card was stamped with an Encore metallic inkpad called enchanted evening, then clear embossed 3 times; a layer of chunky embossing crystals in verdigris from Once Upon a Stamp was next, then a final layer of clear before the stamp was used. I used the sketch from this week's Corrosive Challenge blog for inspiration - the backing paper came from my Graphicus Guild pack (I really must start printing some out, rather than being lazy).

Having bought some Viva pearl pens on sale at Jarrolds a couple of months ago, I decided to live dangerously and try a tip from Glenda Waterworth on one of her recent shows on Create & Craft - basically covering a stamp with the pearl, leaving it to dry, then you get a triple-embossed effect. The first several goes resulted in bits of dragons - none big enough to be useable - then I discovered that you need to put the paint on thickly, and really leave it to dry, preferably at least overnight, then peel the stamp off very carefully. This time I got a useable dragon - admittedly minus the last bit of his tail! - so did another card, using the same sketch, before he got damaged any further, because I really liked the effect. Backing paper is again from the Guild pack Nett result is 2 empty tubes of pearl (copper and bronze), one heap of dragon bits, and 2 rather battered stamps - somehow the pearl got under the stamps in places, so now I need to remove the Klingon backing and remount them - grrr.


  1. Love the first card Veronica. I've been a fan of triple embossing since I first saw Jill Tuck (The Stampman) do it on C&C when I first started cardmaking.

    Although I like the effect you got with your second firey dragon I don't think I'll try it or my temper might end up firey too, Lol!

    Lesley Xx

  2. Both of these cards are beautiful... love these dragon stamps.
    I have never tried the 2nd technique... maybe will give it ago sometime.
    Love triple embossing... thank you for joining in my challenge at rainbowlady this week... as shes away the challenge will run awhile longer.
    Hugs lynx

  3. I love these Veronica - the EI dragon stamps are a lot more versatile than you'd think, as you're proving!
    Thanks for the kind comments on my blog - but my bit of St Annes was anything but posh!! It's very definitely a town of two halves - a lot more so in the 50's and 60's when I was there than it is now.

  4. super cards! thanks for playing:)

  5. Fabulous card Veronica I love it. Thanks for playing again Love from Cynthia in Bermuda xx

  6. what special cards - almost MAGICAL

  7. The first card is beautiful, a good piece of 'triple' embossing. Thanks for the comments on my blog - I worked hard at the canvas all afternoon and as OH was out I got on really well, admittedly I had a very late meal.

  8. Veronica will you email me your address please - addy on blog - as you won the prize. Well done you.
    Sorry it is so late too.
    love and hugs Cynthia x


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