The first card uses the "emerging color" embossing technique. Begin by stamping your images all over your focal piece with dye inks in various colors. I used ALL of the colors of the Brushed paper pack except black: Cranberry, Hollyhock, Pixie, Canary, Flaxen, Pear, and Juniper. I did work from top to bottom creating a rainbow effect.
The next step is to sponge or brayer ink over the entire piece. You can go with a very dark color to completely (or almost completely) hide your random stamping, or you can do what I did and use a rainbow of colors.
The second card uses a much simpler embossing technique: white-on-white with sponged color. I stamped the butterflies with clear Versamark and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder. (White-on-white didn't photograph well, but is actually pretty in and of itself.) Next, I sponged color over the butterflies and then burnished them. This time I used Canary, Pixie, and Hollyhock inks.
Thanks for sticking with me so far! I hope you've gotten some great ideas on using embossing in your crafting. I'd love to know which card you like better. (Thanks in advance for leaving a comment!) Your next stop on the CTMH embossing blog hop is CATHERINE. Thanks for leaving me a comment before visiting her blog! (Just click on her name.) Enjoy embossing!