Best is yet to come

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Are you up to a Fusion Challenge today?  Fusion of a photo and card layout?

This is what I came up with for the latest Fusion Challenge - French Twist, Best is Yet to Come encouragement card.

The color theme is light brown, grey, yellow which I got inspired by the photo and of course, it is always very exciting to match both photo and sketch layout, which in this case, I did.

Do you still own one of those dry embossing stylus that is often used on brass or metal embossing stencils?  It is probably hardly in use now with the convenience of embossing folders and die cut machine.

Well, it’s time to take out your dry embossing stylus and use it on embossing folders especially when you want to emboss part of the regular embossing folder area.

Step by step instructions

  1. Stamp half of doily on ivory card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  2. Stamp sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  3. Turn to the back of the card stock and trace a line across below where the sentiment is as well as the outline of the Doily image.  This is to guide you in your dry embossing with your embossing stylus.  Can’t see or find the lines?  Lift up your card stock against the bright sky or light and trace the outline.
  4. Place embossing folder flat (open) on work desk, put the cardstock on embossing folder (face down) and use washi tape to tape card stock to embossing folder, so that it will not shift when you emboss with the stylus.
  5. Start embossing on the back of the card stock with the stylus.
  6. Put a masking tape across the “Smile” so that blending of the yellow starts below this sentiment.  Blend distress ink over the embossed area with blending tool.  I used Tim Holtz Mustard Seed color.
  7. Color Doily with Copic Markers.  I used E42, E43, C3 and C5.
  8. Adhere card stock onto card base with foam tape.

At step 3, the reason for tracing the line is to prevent embossing over the doily circle.

Here is a photo with a clearer look at the areas embossed.  Every part below the sentiment and Doily circle is embossed.

So, where exactly am I fusing the photo and sketch together?  Zooming in to this and here is my card inspiration, do you see my card in this photo now? 

I hope you do like this creation and join in the fun at Fusion Card Challenge.

You can either get inspiration from the photo or sketch or mixing the two up to create something different, which I often challenge myself to combine both together.

Here is the full Waffle Flower Doily Circle clear stamp set and this is my very first Waffle Flower product. I like how there are small images that comes with the set, so you can create more designs and add details.

Waffle Flower Doily Circle Clear Stamps

Supplies and Tools

  • Waffle Flower Doily Circle Clear Stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Copic Markers
  • Dry embossing Stylus
  • We R Memory Keepers embossing Folders - Feather
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad
  • Blending Tool
  • Foam Tape

Submitted to the following challenge(s)


  1. Julia Aston says:

    Love the embossed piece at the bottom - very creative design to mimic the folds of the skirt - a wonderful FUSION of the photo and sketch! thanks so much for playing along Ren! Julia xx

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