I knew the minute I saw this technique I had to try it. It's not hard at all. I first made a mask for my stamp, as the stamp I chose is bigger than the oval in the middle of my card.
Let me back track for a moment so you can follow me better:
I bought a wooden frame (5x7) at a local craft store in the wood section. I then stamped my image on computer paper, then put the wooden frame over my stamped image and traced the oval. I then cut out the oval. I used Mono-adhesive and attached my mask to my card front and stamped my image (this was to ensure that my stamped imaged stayed within the oval).
I then ran the card through the Big Shot in an embossing folder. I put the embossing folder on Tab 1 (no bottom plate), then I placed the wooden frame on top of my embossing folder, ensuring that the oval was positioned correctly over my stamped image (not hard since you can see through the embossing folders), then placed a plate on top and ran it through. Volia! Beautiful embossing with the center blank.
I then used Blender Pens and "watercolored" the flowers. I'm really happy with the way this card turned out. The hardest part of making the card was coloring the flowers.
CARD STOCK: Very Vanilla & Blushing Bride
INK: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Bashful Blue, & Always Artichoke
STAMPS: Elements of Style & a retired birthday set
TOOLS: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, wooden frame (non-Stampin' UP!), Designer Label Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Stampin' Sponge, & Dimensionals
Don't let Christmas creep into those December birthdays. Make the birthday person feel extra special by focusing on their birthday separate from Christmas by making an extra special birthday card. If you need ideas, please let me know. I'd be happy to show a ton of birthday ideas.