Less is More: Embossing

When I first began browsing the Darkroom Door site, I kept coming back to this stamp.  Images of trees are a favorite of mine and this scene of a wooded path is the type of scene I try to create with tree stamps.

This week’s challenge at Less is More is to emboss; I chose to heat emboss the woodland scene in black, then add some colour by sponging. I didn’t know if the detail of so many fine interwoven branches would work without detail embossing powder but I am very pleased with the result. Before sponging I masked the edges of the image.

I am looking forward to trying other colour schemes and techniques with this beautiful stamp.


Stamps: Wilderness Vol.2 (Darkroom Door), Teeny Tiny Messages(SU)
Inks: Versamark, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory
Also: black e.p.

43 Comments on “Less is More: Embossing”

  1. Suze Bain says:

    You’ve created a beautiful scene. A really lovely card. x

  2. Vicky says:

    Goodness – I bet you are Heather! What a fabulous scene, and just imagine all the different moods and feels you could create using different colours! Vx

  3. Sandra says:

    What a beautiful card, just love the colours.

  4. I can imagine walking down this woodland path into a lovely sunset!! It’s fab! I’d love to see what else you do with this stamp!

  5. WOW – amazing card. Love the colours and the image really draws you in.

    Hugs, Sandra My card is HERE!

  6. gibmiss says:


  7. Caro says:

    Gorgeous! What a fantastic stamp. Enjoy playing with it.

  8. Rita says:

    Wonderful card and thats a beautiful stamp, your sponging technique is brilliant. Hugs Rita xx

  9. Zoechaos says:

    Stunning it feels like you could just walk into the woods from here. XOXO Zoe

  10. Chrissie says:

    Simply beautiful Heather!
    Your cards are always a source of inspiration!
    Thanks so much for this fabulous submission.
    Lady LIM
    “Less is More”

  11. Faith A says:

    A wonderful stamp and colouring, a lovely card

  12. Lynne says:

    Beautiful card. That stamp is gorgeous and you`ve done a brilliant technique with it.
    Lynne xxx

  13. sue says:

    What a beautiful sunset in the woods! Gorgeous sponging, Heather.

  14. mandi says:

    Oh gosh this is wonderful Heather
    Superb image
    Thank you
    Diva LIM mandi
    Less is More

  15. dori says:

    Wonderfully atmospheric scene, a lovely card.

  16. Jo says:

    This is a stunning card Heather, such beautiful colours. Jo

  17. Kathyk says:

    Lovely stamp and a great card with it too


  18. Stacey O'Shea says:

    A truly stunning card!


  19. Jess says:

    WOW! this is such a wonderful image….

  20. Ruth M says:

    That is a spectacular stamp and you have done a spectacular job with your sponging to make this fabulous card! I love how you’re just enticed into that woodland scene – such a beautiful card!

  21. dutchstamptramp says:

    What a beautifully coloured background, even looking and your card makes me feel relaxed

  22. Evil Edna says:

    this is stunning, an outstanding card.EE

  23. Charlene says:

    Beautiful! Love the serene and intriguing look the color over the embossing gives this image.

  24. Ang C says:

    A fantastic image – great card!

  25. mustavcoffee says:

    Hello there Heather, I had a feeling this might be one of yours, it’s stunning! I love the colours that you’ve used and it’s a fabulous stamp:0) xxx

  26. Kathie says:

    This card is stunning!

  27. Beryl K says:

    Stunning card
    Beryl x

  28. ND says:

    It is always interesting to note which are the cards which draw widespread appreciation from so many of your regular viewers. This another of those occasions. Though I am not a card maker and frequently do not understand many of the procedures outlined in your notes, invariably I find myself agreeing with your commentators using words like “stunning”, fantastic”, “wow”, “wonderful image”. So I find myself wondering what it is that so resonates with viewers and prompts such appreciative comments.
    As I look at this card and ponder these questions I note that, like you, I especially enjoy images of trees and woodland scenes. So I enjoy seeking to create photographic images that either by colour, or shape, or composition reflect the natural beauty that is to be seen in the bushland about us here. Occasionally, too, your card, prompts a memory of a particular scene or occasion that has special memory. This is one such card.
    Whilst visiting with you on the coast of Nova Scotia, A10 as she then was, woke me early one morning to see the wonderful colours of the approaching dawn. A winding path led me from the cottage to the beach. The trees in my image we still clad with leaves, yet through them the colours of the dawn spoke of the beginning of another wonderful day.
    I think the cards which spark the most appreciation are the ones which touch our life experiences at some point.
    Thank you for another beautiful one.


  29. Susan says:

    FAB card Heather! Love that scene….so peaceful…and beautifully colored!

  30. Jennie says:

    I can almost feel I’m on that woodland path, the stamp is amazing but your colour sponging has bought it to life perfectly 🙂
    Jenny x

  31. Chris says:

    Stunning card.. Chris xx

  32. Marja says:

    I have looked at your whole blog and what a beautiful and stunning work you have. I love it.
    I will follow you.
    greet from The Netherlands

  33. Ann Y says:

    Beautiful card, Heather. The image is lovely, and your sponging sets it off so beautifully. I love the soft colors you’ve used.

  34. Lynn Antill says:

    WOW, a stunning card. Your use of colour and shade really draws the eye into the card. A fabulous image. Lynn x

  35. Lindsey says:

    This is beautiful! Love the subtle colour sponging.

  36. Lorraine A says:

    Gorgeous card Heather, such a beautiful image and the colours are amazing ,,, perfect 🙂

    Lols x x x

  37. Victoria says:

    beautiful card, I love the colours and the image is so stunning

  38. Sheila (Cyprus) says:

    Two Words – STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL. Love Sheila x

  39. What a fabulous image!! Love how you have used it here.. I’m off to check out those stamps!

  40. Beautifull card, love the gorgeous colours used for that scene.

  41. Belinda says:

    I love the colours you sponged here and the stamp is stunning, it really does not need much doing to it. Less is more.

  42. That’s one of my favorite Darkroom Door stamps too. I love how you used it here, wonderful colors.

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