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The challenge theme this whole month has been “emboss it”.  I had never embossed with a stencil so decided to give it a try with the Rain Dance stencil.  Several years ago Shari Carroll had a video at Hero Arts explaining the technique.  I didn’t use the same sandwich as she did but it came out the same.  I used my Cuttlebug with this sandwich – bottom up -A, C, B, tan mat, card stock, stencil, B and then 3 layers of thin cardboard – worked just fine.  Then I laid the stencil back on top of the embossed area and rubbed HA pale tomato shadow ink over just the center section.


You can see the embossing much better in the closeup.  The base (3 3/4″ x 5″) for this had already been cut with MFT’s stitched rectangle die.  I stamped the butterfly (HA 657773 – no longer available) in Ranger liquid platinum on vellum and then fussy cut.  Then I took the pale tomato ink pad and rubbed it over the back of the vellum.  This took forever to dry so finally used the heat gun on it.  Added some wire antennae before attaching it and then the gold bits.  This whole section was put on the base with foam tape.

If you hurry there’s still time today to join our Embossing Challenge for February – and remember, you can use Coupon Code BETTY15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) at the a2z store.  a2z has just received the 2015 Hero Arts release so you can get your new “wants” right now at a discount!!  Did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!



  1. Gorgeous card, Betty! I love how you embossed the butterfly and your stenciled background really makes it pop!

  2. I do want to try this technique, thanks for the sandwich info…love the colors on this and your butterfly is gorgeous!

  3. Gorgeous card, Betty! Thanks for the info on coloring the vellum butterfly – it is beautiful in the liquid platinum with pink! It really takes center stage in the composition with only a portion of the embossed background colored.

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