I must admit I was having a bit of a problem coming up with a memory keeping project for this months post. I have been making almost only cards lately and had a bit of a problem filling a whole layout. I do make some layouts and lately I've been partial to letter sized layouts because the format remind me of cards and makes it easier for me to plan the page. This time I made a A4 sized layout because it's easier for me to find the page protectors in regular stores here. I used some good cardstock that doesn't warp much when you heat it or add water since i knew I would emboss it.
Here's what I did. I picked the pretty Chrysanthemum background stamp and embossed it in Silver Pearl embossing powder three times in a row across the background. I must admit I was more than a little inspired by Isha Guptas cards for her guest post earlier this week. I used distress inks in Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon and applied with an ink blending tool randomly over the embossed area. Then I sprayed a good amount of water over it and let it run and blend before drying it with my heat tool.
The colors turned out very soft and pretty matching the photo of my daughter taking me on an adventure on the yard of her daycare the last day before she started school. The layout didn't need a lot of decorations because the embossing and ink is so pretty it's a decoration in itself.
I hope you got inspired to emboss the backgrounds of your layouts, just pick a good cardstock that takes heat and water well, or maybe a sheet of watercolor paper and you'll be making pretty projects in no time at all! Good luck!
Chrysanthemum clear stamp
Silver Pearl Embossing powder
WOW! Heat tool