It’s Tutorial Thursday! This is the day we don’t have inky fingers. Yes, that’s right. No inky fingers.
So here is what you do. To color a ribbon you grab any shade of Stampin’ Blends (alcohol marker) that you want and color away. You will need to color a bit beyond where you want to finish so you don’t have any lighter spots or bleed. Let dry about a minute and you are ready to tie your bow.
At the same time you can grab your Craft Whisper White Pad and only ink the area of the pad you will need to stamp. Don’t waste the ink making the entire pad juicy. Then stamp after taking the static out of the card stock. Shortly after stamping you will want to cover with your chosen embossing powder (clear is used here). The last step is to take your heat tool and melt the powder until it becomes smooth and no longer has an individual crystal look to it.
Here is the video if you would like to watch how to create these cards.
It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s technique is to create with a stamp you don’t like. If you don’t like how a stamp looks inked then try embossing or coloring it in. I liked the stamp from Paper Pumpkin but I wanted a different look after creating a dozen cards pretty much the same way. So I decided to emboss instead of using the ink pad. Make sure to look at things sideways and upside down to get the most out of your products.
It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are embossing with vellum. Vellum is a very delicate specialty paper that cracks easily. Usually it can be put through the Big Shot in an Embossing Folder. Some of the 3D Embossing Folders are a little deep and may cause cracking. If this is the case add a piece of waxed paper or copy (printer) paper between the folder and the piece of specialty paper.
It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I have a video on how to make even the Designer Series Papers you don’t particularly care for better. We all have that one sheet or pattern that is just not a favorite. So stamp over it. Emboss over it. Make it your own.
It’s Technique Tuesday! It is not impossible to emboss on vellum, but you do have to be careful. You might be tempted to use the low setting on your heat tool and instead you need to use the high. The low will not melt the crystals properly. Instead use the high setting and keep moving the heat tool in order to not burn the paper. If it starts to curl then you need to move the heat.
It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! You know that the Tear and Tape is great for sticking things together, especially 3-D items like boxes, bags, etc. But, did you know, that it’s also great for embossing? Yes, embossing.
Take your piece of cardstock and rub the embossing buddy over it to remove static. If you don’t have the buddy you can also use a used dryer sheet.
Glue down your Tear and Tape.
Peel the other side of the tape so it is sticky.
Sprinkle your embossing powder of choice on to the tape.
Heat with a heat gun until powder is melted.
Tip: If the powder doesn’t stick fully or not enough sticks to the tape then heat the tape first. The tape will need to be just warm to take on more powder, not melted.
Have you been wondering how to get a true color when coloring on dark card stock? Well, here’s how and the full instructions for this card.
Cut Basic Gray Card Stock at 5 1/2″ on 11″ side. Score at 4 1/4″.
Cut Whisper White Card Stock at 5 1/4″ x 4″.
Glue white paper to gray base with snail adhesive.
Cut Basic Black Card Stock at 5 x 3 3/4″. Stamp with Versamark the flower from Blended Seasons stamp set (available August 1). Sprinkle with Pineapple Punch embossing powder and melt with heat gun.
Color the entire image lightly with the white Watercolor Pencils. Then color as desired. Use the Blender Pen to smooth and float the color as desired.
Finish with sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamped with Basic Gray Pad on Whisper White Card Stock. Punch out with Classic Label Punch. Adhere with Mini Dimensionals and embellish with the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.
I know most of us think in color. But what about the same color? What about black on black? Try adding texture instead of tons of color or accents. In this case clear embossing powder was added to increase texture. What you get is a simple and elegant card.
If you try this technique please post in a comment, on facebook, or email me photos.
Did you know that your dies can also act as embossing folders? You can get it to where they leave an image but don’t cut. So that envelope can have a matching imprint to your cut card. Here’s how:
Make your sandwich for embossing folders instead of dies. Take out the adapter plate or go to the second tab. Then under the envelope and die add the silicone mat which will provide enough cushion so the die won’t cut. This can also be done on cardstock.
So your sandwich will be from bottom to top…big shot, standard base with no adapter or on tab 2, cutting plate, silicone mat, envelope or cardstock, die of choice, and cutting plate.
Embossing can be done on so much more than cards. If you use a little bit of starch or hairspray you can emboss into fabric. Today’s project is embossing into a bag. With the border embossing folders it makes it easy to emboss almost anywhere.
So grab a bag and emboss away.
Here’s a couple of tips.
Make sure the folder is straight and down as far as it can go. This prevents a line or a lack of print.
Make sure to take the adapter plate out. The big shot sandwich should be the base plate, cutting plate (clear), bag with embossing folder, and cutting plate on top.
If the bag has cracks in it where it was embossed try putting the adapter plate back in and taking a cutting plate away. You might need a few pieces of cardstock. Every big shot is different.