Isn't this eye-catching? Start with equal-sized pieces of black and white cardstock. I use a post-it-note turned upside-down to line up the two pieces on. Make sure to use your embossing buddy to get rid of the static for this one - especially since it is a line image. You don't want any stray dots of embossing powder on this one. Ink your stamp up with VersaMark Ink - the stamp set used in this sample is from the '08 Sale-A-Bration brochure - Friendship Blooms. Use black embossing powder (EP) on the white paper and white EP on the black paper. Get out your trusty heat gun and emboss. Mount the pieces side-by-side on your background (Regal Rose used here). I then added some Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain and a knot of black gingham across the bottom. The leaves are stamped in Certainly Celerly ink on Cert. Celery CS and cut out. Finally, use a black marker to highlight the word Friendship from the sentiment stamp in the same set and stamp in the margin on the bottom.
I have to say, that until we decided to do this technique I had never done it before. In fact, I didn't even own a VersaMarker Pen. Well, was I missing out!!! This is a very versatile tool to have. Not only can you use it in the way that I have in this sample, but you can also use it to draw with, add journaling, or even touch up larger solid embossed images. I used the Time Well Spent stamp set on this sample. This set was given to all the Stampin' Up demos before the holidays and I am really thankful for this gift. If you want it, however, you will have to hostess a party and qualify with sales for a Level II Hostess set. The CS that I used: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, and Rose Red. The inks used were Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava, and Rose Red. The ribbon is SU's Soft Sky double-stitched. The VersaMark pen was used to color in the work "FRIEND" and to darken certain areas of the large flower to give it the effect of having more layers. I used several punches on this sample starting with the 1/4" circle for the groovy guava dots in the little flowers on the sentiment. (If you want to punch this up a little, use some Crystal Effects on the little circles - makes them shiny!!!!) And I used the crop-a-dile to punch the holes in the large flower where the stamens are (or are they the pistils?) - you know the thingies in the middle of the flower. I punched a scallop out of the Soft Sky for the back of the flower so you can see that color through the punches in the large one.
Just a note about all of the these samples - they are samples which means with the exception of the pinwheel card, none of them are "card size" . They could be added to CS to make a card, but generally you would use the technique on standard size CS so you could used it for a card.