Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder for Colour INKspiration #139

Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder for Colour INKspiration #139


Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder is an oldie but a goodie, and perfect for the Colour INKspiration challenge this round.

Brick & Mortar

Welcome to my blog. Today’s post is for Colour INKspirations Colour Challenge #139. Our inspiration pic for this challenge was chosen by our very talented team member … Vicki Boucher. This is such an amazing choice … the image is very inspiring and if you visit the picture credit link below when you get a spare minute, the entire article is so inspirational.

Our guest designer is Gail Ellis, and you can see her entry here. Such a gorgeous card!!

Picture credit –…/the-last-house…/375466

The Colour INKspiration challenge is a great one to get your inspiration flowing. It is very easy to enter the challenge. You don’t need a blog, you can simply post your card image in the facebook group. So why not join us this time around?
Our CI#139 challenge features Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point. The challenge parameters are to use all four of the challenge colours (or if you don’t have the exact colour, you can substitute a close alternative). In addition you can use neutrals such as Basic White, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Basic Black, or metallics.

Check out how you can join in the challenge at the end of this post or on the facebook page here.
And if you need inspiration, the designer’s album for this challenge is absolutely fantastic. Click on the Media tab and then “Albums”, or go straight to the album here.

Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder …

I am taking the inspiration pic very literally today, and so the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder was the perfect choice! I had such a lot of fun painting this wall live on facebook in my Sense of Whimsy Creative Live group (the blue mushroom group) and you can see that presentation here.

Brick & Mortar for CI139

It’s not quite the same, but I thoroughly enjoyed applying the grout (embossing powder), some splashes of paint, some more render (more embossing powder) and then tinted whitewashes in the challenge colours. Not for everyone, but so much fun!!!

I will list out the basic steps I took to get to this stage, but it was a “work in progress”, so possibly some steps could be omitted with the same end result.

The many, many steps:

  • To get the white mortar between the bricks, I applied Versamark to the inside of the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder (the top inside) and embossed a panel of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper. I then applied White Embossing powder to the panel, shook off the excess and removed some of the powder from the tops of the bricks with a paper towel. I then melted the powder with heat tool.
  • I applied ink to the panel in all four challenge colours, by mixing re-inker in each colour with water and painting onto the bricks with a paintbrush. I removed the excess ink which was sitting on the embossing powder with a paper towel and re-heated to set the ink.
  • This was quite dark, so I mixed white craft ink into the inks and re-applied over piece. I dried this off with a heat tool and removed any excess ink with a paper towel.
  • To lighten the piece further, I applied a white render … I patted my White Craft Ink Pad all over the piece and applied another layer of white embossing powder. After heating, I then applied more of the ink/white craft ink mixtures over bricks again. I kept adding ink until I was happy with the depth of colour.
  • The “window frame” has been created with Stitched Rectangel dies using Fluid 100 water colour paper and cooloured with the Melon Mambo milky coloured mix.
  • The sentiment is from Charming Sentiments, white heat embossed onto a scrap of Coastal Cabana cardstock. I then die cut it with the co-ordinating die from Sentiment Silhouette Dies.
  • The little hearts are also from the Sentiment Silhouette Dies, die cut from Melon Mambo cardstock.
  • The base card is Coastal Cabana.
Brick & Mortar

This up close photo shows how the ink colours have coloured any parts of the bricks that don’t have melted embossing powder on them, and considering the way I was throwing embossing powder around, it is amazing that any colour got through to the Fluid 100 Water colour Paper.

You can also see how the inks have “stained” the melted embossing powder in some areas, particularly the Melon Mambo. To get this effect I “rubbed” the milky ink colours into the powder with a paper towel.

Brick & Mortar

The frames have been coloured with the milky Melon Mambo mix of ink, and then I added some Melon Mambo ink (watered down) over the top of the narrower frame to create a different shade.

Brick & Mortar

I get it that this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea … and that’s okay. But if you would like to see how this background was created in real time, jump on over to my “blue mushroom” facebook group. It is a public group, so you can watch this video and all the previous videos without joining the group, although if you would like to get notifications of future lives, joining will enable this.

INKspired to join the challenge? It’s so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by checking out all of the creations of the Colour INKspiration Crew in the challenge album on our Facebook Page. Then create and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. CI#139 finishes at 7 pm (AEST) on Monday March 20th. You don’t have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. You can also use neutrals such as Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Basic Black, and metallics. All the details of the challenge are here.

Not a member of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can’t wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Brick & Mortar 3d Embossing Folder

Sasha the Superstar ….

And if you haven’t been keeping up with how Sasha is going … she is the bright spark in our days as she grows into a gorgeous girl, full of her own cheeky personality.


xx Cheryll

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  • This is such a cool technique Cheryll. I loved watching your creative process. Felt like I was there with you. You are an expert grouter and brick colourist!