Desert Details – Technique Challenge Around the World on Wednesday

Desert Details – Technique Challenge Around the World on Wednesday


Desert Details Bundle is a new stamp set and die bundle in the Jan – Apr 2023 Mini Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!®. For our Around the World on Wednesday blog hop this month, we are featuring our fave stamping technique. After it was put to the vote, Embossing came up trumps … Ah but there are so many types of “embossing” these days. What will our amazing design team choose to showcase? I have selected to use “heat embossing” and some emboss resist with the Desert Details stamp set… always a stunner, who ever tires of watching the powder melt into something glossy and perfect?? Make sure you check out all the creations. The full list of hoppers is at the bottom of this post.

Welcome once again to Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop, travelling around the world through every time zone. You may be starting here or you may have come from the blog of the amazing Rochelle Laird-Smith (and how amazing … Rochelle does such stunning work!!)

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop is the brainchild of Angie McKenzie, a wonderful friend and amazing paper artist. My name is Cheryll Miller, and I am so delighted to be a part of this varied and talented group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.

Desert Details Stamp Set ….

This bundle was one of my favourites when I opened the new Mini Catalogue. I used it last month a part of my Around the World on Wednesday project, and was excited to use it again this month, heat embossing with the strip patterns.

I love the repetition of the aztec type patterned strips. They can be stamped by eye, but I used the Stamparatus to stamp mine for precision placement. You can utilise the “hinge-step technique on the Stamparatus to stamp repeatedly, however you end up with a little gap between the strips. I wanted mine to butt up to each other perfectly, so I used my Stamp Positioning Sheet (aka a Polypropylene Sheet) to ensure I could stamp them exactly where I wanted. the Polypropylene Sheet is not a Stampin’ Up! product, you can get large sheets at a good stationery shop and cut them to Stamparatus size. Or you can use vellum or acetate, but I like the robustness of the Polypropylene sheet.

Desert Details Stamp Set - Embossing Technique

I stamped the patterned strips in Versamark ink onto white card and then used a white embossing powder to heat emboss them. Do a few strips at a time as it is difficult to see the versamark ink to line them up … way easier if they are white embossed.

Next step was to mask off the embossed bits to stamp the succulents, or desert plants, or whatever they are!! 🙂
Then I used those bits of masking paper to make masks for the plants. Once they were covered, I was able to apply colour to the embossed strips using blending brushes. First I applied Pale Papaya, softening the colour as I got to the middle section over the plants. Next up was Petal Pink, focussing on the two middle strips, and then Mango Melody has been applied to the very outside strips on each section.

Desert Details Angled Close

Once the masks have been removed from the plants, I coloured them with Soft Seafoam Dark and Soft Succulent Light Stampin’ Blends.

I had to re-apply the masks over the plants to add some water splatter and also some Wink of Stella splatter.

Desert Details

I elected to heat emboss the sentiment as well, but this time I stamped with Soft Succulent using the Stamparatus, so I could then stamp over the top with Versamark ink. This allowed me to apply clear embossing powder and heat. This gives a lovely vibrant, shiny and raised up sentiment.

The plants have been given a very subtle shimmer with a touch of Wink of Stella as highlights, and I coloured up some of the white Milky Dots with Dark Pale Papaya Stampin’ Blend to get a very subtle gold effect.

This card has so much shine from the various embossed elements, the subtle Wink of Stella and the Milky Adhesive Dots. I just have to tip it every which way to catch glimpses of the shine!!

Desert Details AWOW

Next up we are are going to take a trip all the way across the Nullabor plain to Melissa Gifford’s blog … can’t wait to see what Melissa has created. In fact, I cannot wait to hop through all the links and check out all the new product amazingness. I love a good technique and am so looking forward to all the inspiration from our wonderful team members.

Here is the full list of blog hop participants this month …

Jan Clothier – NZ
Leonie Stuart – AU
Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU
Cheryll Miller – AU <<<< You are here
Melissa Gifford – AU
Danielle Kassing – NL
Ximena Morales – DE
Aurélie Fabre – FR
Mikaela Titheridge – UK
Tina Zinck-MacDonald – CA
Annette Ball – CA
Angie McKenzie – US
Wendy Lee – US
Shel Anderson – CA
Chris Smith – US
Tricia Butts – US

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