Thankfully the next day I had this idea - a beach scene for the background and a heat embossed image of the stencil on top.
I kept the scene very simple as I wanted the main focus to be on the stencil.
I added the sea first, running my brayer over some scrunched up copy paper to create the waves, then brayered the sand up from the bottom of the card. The shells were stamped over that and coloured in with ProMarkers.
The moon was created with a Post-it mask which I brayered over to create the sky.
Then came the fun part - the embossing. To lessen the chances of getting stray specks of powder I left it for a while to make sure that the ink was dry and then went over it with an anti-static bag.
Another thing you want to avoid is moving the stencil, so I created a little hinge out of masking tape. I stuck this in place first, then put some copy paper over the artwork to protect it and inked up the stencil with Versamark ink, making sure not to miss any bits.
I then carefully folded the stencil on top of the artwork and ran it through my Grand Calibur. I used the regular cutting sandwich for this - blue base plate and white cutting mat.
I then removed the stencil and heat embossed it with Stampendous Detail Copper embossing powder. It's a beautiful colour and one of my favourites.
A thin black mat cut with my Perfect Layers ruler finishes it off.
Stamps and Stencils Used