Hello crafty people! Today’s Midweek Media is a little bit different. As I was thinking about what to share, I was thinking about my sprays and wondered if I could get different results by changing the order in which I spray on some paper as well as when I stamp and heat emboss with the background. Would the order impact the results?
So I created two different cards with the same products, and the only real differences are the order in which I sprayed (or in the case of the sentiment ink blended the background) and added the stamped and heat embossed images or sentiments.
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This card was created by stamping a background image and then heat embossing with silver embossing powder first. I then went back and sprayed the watercolor paper second. While you can see the background stamp and the shine of the embossing powder, it is much fainter, even after using a cloth to rub off some of the spray. I did go back after everything else was done, and ink blended around the edge of the sprayed panel with a slightly darker blue pigment ink ad then used a cloth to remove the ink from the embossed images.
In the same way, the sentiment was stamped and heat embossed first, followed by ink blending second. Again, we can see the embossed sentiment, but it is fainter than the second card’s.
This second card was created by spraying (and ink blending the watercolor paper used for the sentiment) first. I find that the background image is much bolder and pronounced, especially with this blue and silver combination.
As with the first card, I ink blended around the edge of the panel and the die cut sentiment with a darker blue ink than the spray.
I found this experiment to be very helpful for my understanding of the effects of these products together and when each of the outcomes (more subtle versus more bold) may be best for different projects. I hope this has inspired you to experiment with the order of using your products.
Anna York is from Oregon, US. She has been writing for TPC since 2023. Anna started paper crafting in 2008, had a break while her kids were small and started cardmaking again in 2019. Anna mostly makes cards. Her paper projects are often made in sparkly, whimsical style and she loves colors.