Recently I was playing with a new dolphin stamp I have. Initially I stamped it and tried water coloring it. It turned out less than stellar so I decided to try embossing it then color it. Now I normally always reach for my black embossing powder just because...well, I'm not sure why - I just always do.
So, I stamped and embossed him with black Embossing powder. I love how it turned out - MUCH better than the plain stamped image. Embossing the image made little "wells" to corral the watercolor so I didn't have any bleeding from one area to another. For this example I used a variety of blue Memento inks to color the dolphin then used them again in the background to help make him pop. I love how vibrant he turned out and the black really helps enforce that.
But as I was looking at the card I decided to try something a bit different so I pulled out my White embossing power and gave it a shot. I then colored him with more diluted blues and Pear Tart (one of my favorite IC ink colors). It created a much "lighter" feel to the finished image don't you think? While the white version isn't as bold and stand out-ish as the one with black ep it still makes a striking finished image. This example was mounted on a piece of watercolor paper that I colored with Sea Green and Turquoise Brusho Colour Crystals.
So next time you're feeling in a rut or just in the mood for something fresh, choose an embossing powder that you normally wouldn't and give it a try. You might just be surprised at what a difference it makes. I know I sure was!
Now, which is your favorite and why?
It's hard for me to choose one over the other - blue is my favorite color so I find the dark and bold black embossed image what I lean towards but the lighter white embossed image has such a fresh airy feel to it....I just can't decide!