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!
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
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.
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
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!
This idea came to me one evening as I was gazing out of my craft room window at the sunset. It was a beautiful sunset, with very rich pink, orange and yellow colours but only a strip of it was showing. It was obscured at each side by huge cloud banks which framed the sunset. It was stunning! As the colours intensified, the trees in the foreground became silhouetted which made the whole scene look even more spectacular. As such, I was inspired to create this card. As you’ve no doubt gathered, I’m a bit in love with the Dandelion Wishes stamp which works really well for this card, but any stamp which has a good silhouette image will do the business too – have fun trying out different images! I find that a black mat layer or just a black card base (if you’re not matting it) frames this card the best.
A piece of sponge or a sponge dauber for each different ink colour
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
Scratch paper for working on – it will get a bit messy!
Using small pencil marks, mark on your white topper layer where you want your coloured panel to be. I did 1” and 2½” from the left-hand side. Tear a narrow piece from the sticky edge of the post-it note, ensuring there’s still some sticky area left.
Apply the post-it masks to the topper, roughly in line with your pencil marks and press down well. Erase the pencil marks if you can still see them. Put this onto a piece of scratch paper as you’ll be sponging off the edge of the card.
Stage 1, going up! Using Crushed Curry first, dab the sponge onto the ink pad and apply the ink using small circular movements and ALWAYS starting on the post-it note, start at the bottom of the card and work onto the card. Work the sponge across the card making a small section of yellow. You will be going over this again so don’t worry if it looks a bit patchy. Next, use the Pumpkin Pie ink and using the same technique, sponge a small section of orange just above the yellow, overlapping slightly. Repeat this until you’ve used all your colours and are at the top of the card. You’ll probably still have some light sections between the coloured bands. This is fine, they’ll get blended out in stage 2.
Stage 2, coming down! Continuing with the Blackberry Bliss, start working your way back down the panel. This time when you start a new colour, start in the colour above and work your way down to the bottom of your current colour section but not into the lighter colour below. You always want to start your lighter colours on top of the darker coloured section above as this is how you’ll get the blended ombre look. Continue blending until you’ve reached the Crushed Curry layer again.
Once you’re happy with the effect, carefully remove the masks and leave to dry a little.
Using the Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus, position your card front and anchor with the magnet. Position the triple dandelion image in the inked panel so that the stalks are just off the bottom of the page. Position your sentiment on the white section to the right then pick up the stamps with the flap of the Stamparatus. (If your stamps are a mixture of photopolymer and foam mounted rubber, position one stamp on one door and the other stamp on the reverse side or on the other door as you’ll need to remove the foam mat for the rubber stamps.) Stamp the image and sentiment using black ink. I like Memento Tuxedo Black as it produces a fine image. Leave your stamps in place. Give the ink a minute or so to dry and then pounce (a crafting term for making little dabbing motions to make a bit of powder come out of the bag!) your Embossing Buddy over the surface of the card.
Side Note: Embossing powder is super fine and will cling to any static or oils from your fingertips and then you have the arduous job of trying to brush it off with a paintbrush without disturbing your image. Trust me, an Embossing Buddy is indeed a good friend to have!
Ink up your stamps again this time using Versamark Ink (which is stickier that normal inks and takes longer to dry) and then remove from the Stamparatus and add the embossing powder. Pour off the excess, give the card a tap, I like to give it a couple of flicks on the reverse too and then carefully put it down whilst you get your Heat Tool warmed up (30 seconds or so). This just helps the embossing powder to melt quicker to minimise the warping of the card. Once hot, hold the Heat Tool over the embossed areas and watch the magic happen! You will see the powder melt and go from opaque to shiny. Don’t hold the Heat Tool too close to the card, you could scorch the card (or even set it on fire!!) and move on as soon as one section has melted as you don’t want to overheat the powder, it will lose the shine and texture. If your card has warped, gently heat the reverse side as this can help straighten it out again.
Layer up the card. Adhere the topper to the coloured mat layer (if using) and then adhere to the card base. The card front will be warped slightly due to the embossing so it’s best to use some form of wet glue like Tombow. This is a strong adhesive and will help the card front regain its flatness (is that even a word??) which will then be further helped when sticking it onto the card base. This is why I generally add a mat layer if I’ve heat embossed. Adhere the liner to the inside.
You’re all done!
Optional: If you want even more shininess, add one of each size of rhinestones to the centre of the dandelions!