Marvellous Metallics

Last week I used foil sheets and embossing folders to provide interesting focal panels.  This week, I’m still embossing but using metallic embossing powder and heat.  I love using the metallic powders on dark card stock, especially the heating part – watching the powder melt and transform from matt granules to glorious shine!  Line style stamps work best for this technique so I decided an outing for the floral elements of Tea Together was in order.

I began by generously applying the Embossing Buddy over my Basic Black card front to remove static and oils from my fingers which would attract the embossing powder.  Next, I random stamped the various images using Versamark, rotating them and stamping off the edge too.  I also stamped another small flower on a scrap of black card, the sentiment and the large rose onto the liner.  I then applied gold embossing powder to the stamping and heat set it.

For my mat layer, I didn’t have enough gold foil sheet so I manufactured a bit using embossing powder.  This is a handy tip to employ too if your embossing powder doesn’t quite match your foil sheets.  To do this, I simply pressed the edges of the card onto the Versamark pad and then applied the powder.  It wasn’t completely uniform, more of a ‘hammered’ finish but I liked it.  If you wanted it to be smooth, you can apply another layer over the top.

My sentiment was embossed onto velum, which is not very forgiving when it comes to adhesive as the adhesive shows through.  I applied a large blob that I knew would be covered by my small flower decal and some teeny tiny dots behind the letters.

The last stage was to add the liner to the inside and then assemble the layers and top it off with the flower decal on some foam dimensionals.

My second card used the same stamps on Basic Grey card and silver embossing powder.  For the mat layer, I used plain velum for an understated look.

The third card features Night of Navy card and copper embossing powder with a copper foil sheet mat layer.

My last card used Basic Grey and silver embossing powder and the small flower.  After heat setting the powder, I used the Chalk Marker to add three small lines to each petal for some added interest.  The background looked a little bare still so I also added little groups of three dots.  (I was introduced to the “power of the dot” when I did my cake decorating course in prep for making my wedding cake).  Small but very effective!

Four cards using the same stamps and technique but with quite different results!

 

 

 

 

 

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Embossed Snowflake Tree

My snowflake love affair continues this week with a Christmas tree made up of snowflakes.  How cool is that?!  I decided on heat embossing as this stamp lends itself very well to that technique and tried out gold, silver and white embossing powders on a Christmassy red background. I can’t even decide on a favourite – I love them all!

For this project I used:

11½” x 4⅛” Real Red card base, scored at 5¾”

5⅝” x 4” Whisper White mat layer

5½” x 3⅞” Real Red top layer

5½” x 3⅞” Whisper White card for the liner

Stampin’ Up! Snow Is Glistening stamp set

Stampin’ Up! Ink in Real Red

Versamark Ink

Embossing powder

Rhinestones

First, stamp the liner and envelope with the large snowflakes using Real Red ink and leave to dry.

Use the embossing buddy liberally all over the card top and then stamp the snowflake tree image and greeting using Versamark ink.  Fill in some of the gaps by stamping the large snowflake using Versamark.  Apply your preferred embossing powder and set with the heat gun.  Apply rhinestones to the centre of the large snowflakes.

Adhere the top layer onto the white mat layer and then stick this onto the card base.  Adhere the liner to the inside and you’re all finished.

Super quick and super classy!

 

 

 

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Super Silver Snowflake Tags

There are 3 single snowflakes in the Snow Is Glistening stamp set which I thought would look great with silver heat embossing on a dark card base.  I opted for Night of Navy card and silver embossing powder.  Although I did use an embossing buddy prior to using the Versamark ink, I did have some stray powder on the card but I think it added to the overall snowy feel of the project.

For this project, I used:

1 sheet of Night of Navy, cut at 10”

SU! Snow Is Glistening stamp set

Silver embossing powder

Versamark ink pad

SU! Scalloped tag topper punch

2.5m navy and white twine

10 rhinestones

Scraps of white card

After applying the Embossing Buddy to the navy card, I randomly stamped the snowflakes onto the 10” piece of navy card.

I then applied silver embossing powder and set with the heat tool.  You can see in this picture the grey powder on the left before it is heat set and the silver ‘set’ powder on the right.

I used the embossing buddy onto the slim navy card strip and stamped the ‘For You’ sentiment 10 times in Versamark, added silver embossing powder and heat set it.

I cut out each ‘For You’ and flagged the end.  I cut the large sheet in half at 4⅛” and then into 2” strips and then punched the top with the tag topper punch.

I found some scraps of white card and glued the non-flagged end of the ‘For You’ onto the white card and cut out leaving a slim white border showing.  I then glued these onto the tags and added a rhinestone.

To finish, I added 10” of twine.   10 tags complete!

 

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