Supplies used: Solar white 80# cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Be a Unicorn stamp and die sets (#D-16-04) and Pierced Clouds dies (#D-05-01) by Avery Elle; tumbled glass Distress ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; onyx black VersaFine ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers from Kuretake; enamel star from My Mind’s Eye.
One of my favorite techniques in card making is heat-embossing. It adds shine and a little extra “something” to make the card even more special. Today, I wanted to show you how I use heat-embossing to make my own background paper with stamps and a little extra fun!
- Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury 120 lb. base weight cardstock: white, black onyx
- French Flair stamp set by Theresa Momber for Gina K Designs
- IMAGINE Crafts VersaMark watermark ink pad
- Gina K. Designs fine-detail silver embossing powder
- Gina K. Designs black onyx plaid ribbon
- Acrylic stamp block
- Anti-static pad
- Marvy Uchida embossing heat tool
- Temporary adhesive
- Paper adhesive
- Base: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
- Middle Layer: 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches
- Top Layer: 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches
- 5 3/4 inches
Step 1: Preparing the top layer for embossing
- Affix the stamp that you wish to use as the decor for your background paper onto an acrylic block and set aside.
- Rub the anti-static pad all over the cardstock you will be embossing, making sure to cover the entire piece as this pad will remove the dirt and oils that embossing powder tends to stick to. You only want the embossing powder to stick to the stamped images.
- With the stamp on the acrylic block, press the stamp onto the watermark ink pad picking up enough ink to stamp the image on the cardstock.
- Stamp the image on the cardstock. On some cardstock colors, the image will be very light and will be hard to see so be careful not to stamp over an image that has already been stamped.
- Repeat until you have the desired look you want to achieve for this layer.
- Place stamped cardstock on a piece of scratch paper.
- Cover images with embossing powder.
- Remove excess embossing powder and place back into your jar. Blow any excess away that remains that is not on a stamped image.
- Heat up your embossing tool for about 15-20 seconds to get it hot enough to melt the embossing powder.
- Hold the embossing tool about 6-8 inches away from the image.
- Once the powder starts melting, keep moving along to another image. Otherwise, the image will burn.
- Repeat this technique until all of the embossed images are done.
I could find a metallic cardstock to use that would be “okay” for this card, but I like to match my papers and colors as closely as possible. Therefore, I’ll make it! Here’s how I did it!
- Use temporary adhesive to adhere the middle layer cardstock piece to a piece of scratch paper.
- Cover entire surface of cardstock with watermark ink.
- Pour silver embossing powder over cardstock to get full and complete coverage.
- Pour the excess powder off of the cardstock and back into the jar.
- Heat up your embossing tool for about 15-20 seconds.
- Hold the embossing tool 6-8 inches away from cardstock and start embossing the entire piece.
- Once the powder starts melting, keep moving until the entire piece is embossed. Otherwise, the image will burn.
I hope you like it! Thank you for stopping by and learning more about my favorite technique.
Have a great day!
Hi! Jeanne here today with a card-making tip.
My best tip for any card maker (new and old) is to practice. Carve out a little time in your busy life each week to get creative. It’s good for you.
Every card you make is a learning experience. You might be trying a new color combination, a technique or a challenge of some kind. I prefer challenges without a prize because I don’t want to compete—I’d rather just play when I create. Challenges are a great way to learn because they stretch you to try new things or look at things you’ve done before in new ways. If I get in a slump and need a jump start I usually head to Splitcoaststampers.com and see what challenges are happening that week. I always seem to find something that wakes up my creativity.
Like everything else in life you need to work at your craft a bit to get better. Make a card in a different shape than you normally do. Try new techniques. Try new color combinations. Relax and have fun while you create. Through the process you will become a better card maker.
Here is a look back at a card I made in 2005 (stamps from Stampin’ Up!). Not bad.
Fall is my favorite time of year. What inspires me the most is the amazing and brilliant colors that are displayed throughout the fall season. Even though I am a lover of summer, I am looking forward to fall coming. Looking outside my window in my craft room I can see so many trees that will be bright and gorgeous in a short time. Here is the picture that inspired me to make my card project:
Supplies used: Dark chocolate and ivory Layering Weight 80 lb. cardstock, Friends ’til the End stamp set, Color Companions ink pads (dark chocolate, tomato soup, sweet corn, sweet mango), gold Pure Luxury fine-detail embossing powder and dark chocolate gingham ribbon from Gina K. Designs.
Hello! It’s Daniela with a storage tip for your adhesives.
I am a very messy crafter. My table is filled with various items, and I am constantly looking for something, mostly my adhesive. When my son started kindergarten and I visited his classroom, I loved that his teacher used an art caddy to store crayons and pencils on the tables. It had three compartments, two small and one big along with a handle. I thought it was a great idea and I found some at my local Michaels store. I bought several for storing my son’s supplies. One day after I got really tired of searching for my adhesive, once again, I came up with an idea to use one of these caddies for my adhesives. I love that it has a handle and I can take it anywhere.
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THANK you so much for joining me today. I’ll be back again soon with another fun project you can create in no time! Happy crafting!
- Create a beautiful background by randomly stamping a repeated image in a light colored ink.
- Use a die-cut frame to create a high-impact shape quickly.
- Keep a variety of colored images on hand to save on time.
- Use dies to quickly cut out complicated shapes.
Supplies used: Solar white #80 cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Fly-By Friends stamp set, blu raspberry and grout gray ink pads from My Favorite Things; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; Copic® markers (BG01, C5, C7, Y11, Y13) from Imagination International Inc.
Supplies used: Mermaid For You stamp set and die set (#LF-1168) from Lawn Fawn; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; lemongrass and mojito ink pads from Mama Elephant; Large Circle Burst die (#98478) from Memory Box.
Roller stamps are so much fun and should be an essential in every cardmaker’s toolbox. If you’ve never played around with them, we think you might want to give them a try after today’s blog hop. The CardMaker designers have created some stunning projects showcasing PLUS Corp’s Decoration Stamp Rollers! To make it even more fun, PLUS Corp is hosting a giveaway on their Facebook page. Visit the blogs on the hop and then take a look to find out how you can enter for a chance to win. Let’s get started!
Supplies used: Honeycomb Decoration Stamp Roller from PLUS Corporation of America; Blending Card from X-Press It; wildflower honey cardstock from My Mind’s Eye; Spectrum Aqua markers from Spectrum Noir; Stampin’ Write markers from Stampin’ Up!; tuxedo black Mark It marker from BIC USA Inc.; orange self-adhesive gems from Want2Scrap; paper trimmer from Fiskars; scoring board and Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.
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