Fresh Card Making Idea-Embossed Hot Glue Technique

Embossed hot glue

Create abstract designs on a watercolor background using the Embossed Hot Glue Technique! 

It is super easy, and the possibilities are endless.

My December Fresh Card Making Idea will feature the Embossed Hot Glue Technique.

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The Embossed Hot Glue Technique tutorial will hit email in boxes on December 19.

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Glimmery Swirly Snowflakes

Glimmer swirly snowflakes

 

This window card was created using a window sheet and a snowflake from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Die cut out of Silver Glimmer paper.

Just love that glimmer!

It's easy to do.  Here's how:

 

1. Punch a hole out of Whisper White card front using the 1 3/4" circle punch. 

2 Using the punched out piece as a template, place it on Whisper White card base and draw a circle using a pencil.  Punch this circle out using 1 3/4" circle punch a hole out of Whisper White card front using the 1 3/4" circle punch. 

3. Cut a piece of Silver Glimmer paper and Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet the same size.  Peel off the printed side of the  adhesive sheet, leaving a sticky backing.  Attach the Silver Glimmer paper to the backing.  

4. Cut out a snowflake using the trio Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits die.  Remove from the sticky backing, cutting away the excess parts of the design.

5. Cut a piece of window sheet slightly larger than the 1 3/4" circle punched in the card front.  Attach to the inside of the card so it shows through the opening of the cut circle using Glue Dots at the 4 corners.

6. Attach the snowflake to the front of the window sheet, using the sticky backing from the adhesive sheet as the adhesive.

Glimmer swirly snowflake back side

7. To cut a glimmer ring, punch a  1 3/4"  circle out of Silver Glimmer paper.  Line up 2" circle punch around the 1 3/4" circle and punch.

8. Attach the ring to the front of the card using glue dots.

9. Swipe Embossing Buddy over card front.  Stamp greeting from Christmas Pines using Versamark ink and heat emboss using silver embossing powder and heat tool.

10. Attach card front to card base using Mini Dimensionals on the 4 corners.

11.Attach rhinestones to the the center of the snowflake and on the card front to complete.

I cut the card down from the standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" in order to reduce the amount of white on the card.  The card measures 4 1/4" x 3 1/2".  The card front measures 3 3/4" x 3 1/4".

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Snowflake Thinlits Dies, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets, Window Sheet, 2" and 1 3/4" circle punches, Embossing Buddy, silver embossing powder, heat tool, Glue Dots, Mini Dimensionals, rhinestones

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Blast from the Past-Extra Postage Required Cards

This year, as I was going through my stash of Christmas cards, I came across a few cards that I had made over the years that I never mailed. 

Why is that, you may ask?

I didn't mail them because I knew they would require extra postage.

They were bulky because of embellishments that I had added.

So, this year, I hand-delivered them to attendees at a recent Christmas card making class. 

They were a hit!

Here are a few of those hard to mail cards:

Straw Christmas Tree

This straw Christmas tree card was featured in a post on October 26, 2013.

I had seen the idea on Pinterest, and made it quickly using straws I found in my crafting stash.

Steam punk christmas tree

This steam punk Christmas tree was featured in a post on December 21, 2012.

It was the card I made for a Stamp Club Steam Punk themed card swap.

The tree was cut out of copper roof flashing. 

Blue Iris Folded Christmas Ornament

This blue iris folded Christmas Ornament was featured in a post on January 28, 2013.

For more iris folding ideas, please be sure to check my Iris Folding page HERE.

And finally, here are two shaker cards from Pining for Plaid, the October Paper Pumpkin kit.

Pining for Plaid shaker card

Pining for Plaid ornament shaker card

These cards were easy to create in a matter of minutes using the items in the kit, but a little bulky to mail because of the foam circles needed to create the shaker part.

I hope these cards will provide inspiration. 

Even if they are a little bulky for mailing because of embellishments used, they can still be hand-delivered, attached to a present or to batch of homemade goodies!

Happy Stampin'!

Iris Folded Christmas Ornament Part 2

Quilted Christmas Iris Folded Ornament

Iris Folding is one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques.

Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a spiraling design.

The center of the design forms an iris -- similar to the shape of the iris of a camera lens.

I know it looks like it could be complicated, but really it is not.  You work with a pattern.  Follow the pattern, and you can't go wrong.

The basic iris folding patterns are the circle, the square, and the rectangle.

 Click here for the basic iris folding patterns including the circle used to make this card.

For instructions on how to make this card, please visit my Iris Folded Christmas Ornament posting on 12/4 HERE.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Snowflakes Sentiments

Ink Real Red

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Red Glimmer, Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Circle iris folding pattern, 2 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Winter Wonder Embossing Folder, Quilt Builder Framelits Die, 1/4" Quilted Christmas Ribbon, washi tape, Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Iris Folded Christmas Ornament

Iris Folded Christmas Ornament

Iris Folding is one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques.

Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a spiraling design.

The center of the design forms an iris -- similar to the shape of the iris of a camera lens.

I know it looks like it could be complicated, but really it is not.  You work with a pattern.  Follow the pattern, and you can't go wrong.

The basic iris folding patterns are the circle, the square, and the rectangle.

 Click here for the basic iris folding patterns including the circle used to make this card.

 

 

 

Here's how to make this ornament card:

  1. Emboss Whisper White card front using the Big Shot and Winter Wonder  Embossing Folder.
  2. Punch a circle out of the snowflake/card front using the 2 ½” circle punch.
  3. Print out circle iris folding pattern. Lay card front face down over the iris folding pattern. * In Iris Folding, you will always work from the back. Adhere the card stock to the pattern on the right or left side only using washi or painter's tape, creating a hinge, so you can lift up your card stock to check the progress on the front side as you go. 
  4. Decide on your design and cut your paper into strips. The number of strips needed will depend on the pattern and the length of the paper.  This pattern has 4 sections, so I chose 4 patterned papers from Christmas Around the World 12”x12” and Quilted Christmas 6”x6” Designer Series Paper, cut into ½” wide strips.

TIP:  Once you have decided on and have cut the paper you’d like for your design, lay the strips in front of you in the order that you will be using them. Keep them in this order as you are working on the pattern.  Or write down a description of the design (circles, stripes, solids, etc.) and number them in the order of use in the margins of the pattern you are following.  It can get confusing once you begin working with the paper, especially if you are working with a more complicated pattern.   And remember, the design on the back side of the paper will be what you see as you fill in the pattern.

  1. Apply SNAIL Adhesive around the edge of the cut pattern. Begin with design #1 and following the pattern guide, place it over the first section #1, placing it against the line of the pattern with the straight edge facing towards the center. Trim with a pair of scissors or hand-tear the paper to the size needed to fill the space.
  2. Repeat, using the other 3 paper designs, filling in each section following the numbers around the pattern. You’ll need to add strips of SNAIL to the ends of the bottom strips as you work around to secure the pieces together.
  3. Continue adding designer paper until the pattern is filled in, leaving the center space open. The center of the design forms an iris, similar to the shape of the iris of a camera lens.
  4. It is time to add the iris to the center.  Use a stamped or punched image or an attractive piece of paper to cover the hole in the middle, again adhering it from the back. For this card, use a piece of red glimmer paper secured with a piece of washi tape.
  5. To tidy up my iris folded pieces, I always add a piece of card stock to the back to hide the strips of paper. This is optional.
  6. For the ornament top, cut a piece of red glimmer using the Big Shot and Quilt Builder Framelit die. Attach to the top of the circle.
  7. Stamp greeting from Snowflake Sentiment using Real Red ink.
  8. Tie a bow out of the ¼” Quilted Christmas ribbon and attach to the top of the ornament using a Mini Glue Dot.

For more iris folding ideas and patterns, along with an iris folded how to video, please visit my Iris Folding page HERE.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Snowflake Sentiments

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Red Glimmer, Christmas Around the World and Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Circle iris folding pattern, 2 1 /2" circle punch, Big Shot, Winter Wonder Embossing Folder, Quilt Builder Framelits Die (for the ornament topper), 1/4" Quilted Christmas ribbon, washi tape, Mini Glue Dot

 

Happy Stampin'!

Swirly Snowflakes Sampler-Sign Up to Receive my December Newsletter

Swirly Snowflake Sampler

Create beautiful holiday cards and winter-themed decor with the Snowflake Sentiments Bundle containing the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and coordinating Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Die.

Ideas using this bundle will be featured in my December newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on December 5.

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Baby Wipe Tie Dyed Glimmer Snowflakes

Tie die snowflakes

This card was created from a scrap piece of baby wipe left over from my tie dye flower background card found HERE.

I often use baby wipes that I have used to clean my stamp sets in my crafting.

They provide interesting backgrounds, and I really like the colors provided for this tie dye look.

Add sparkling snowflakes, and you can't go wrong!

Here's how:

To start, I placed a piece of  Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet to a piece of scrap card stock.  I peeled off the other side of the adhesive backing, and then laid the baby wipe onto the adhesive. I trimmed the edges of the baby wipe.  I applied SNAIL adhesive to the back of the card stock, then folded over the edges of the baby wipe to secure. 

I then cut out the trio of snowflakes from Blush Blossom glimmer paper using my Big Shot and Swirly Snowflakes Framelits Dies.

The glimmer paper was  also attached to an adhesive sheet before cutting out the snowflakes.

(It's easy to create your own color of glimmer paper by sponging color onto a piece of silver glimmer paper!)

I matted the baby wipe to a piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock and attached it to my Blush Blossom card base, popping it up using Mini Dimensionals on the 4 corners.

The greeting is from Christmas Pines stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink.

Island Indigo Candy Dots from my stash were added to each snowflake to complete.

Tie die snowflake close up

The Tie Dye Background was the featured Fresh Card Idea technique for November.

The tutorial hit e mail inboxes for those on my newsletter list on the 14th.

If you sign up to receive my newsletter by December 1, I will send you your own copy of the tutorial via e mail.

The sign up box is located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks in advance.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Blush Blossom

Paper: Blush Blossom, Island Indigo, Blush Blossom Glimmer Paper (retired and from my stash)

Accessories: baby wipe, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet, Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Framelits Dies, Mini Dimensionalscandy dots

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Sunrise-Happy Thanksgiving

Sunrise Trees

I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

This card was created from a scrap piece of baby wipe left over from my tie dye leaf background card found HERE.

I often use baby wipes that I have used to clean my stamp sets in my crafting.

They provide interesting backgrounds. 

The card above was inspired by one of our sunrises!

Marlene's sunrise

The colors were only on a small portion of the baby wipe, so the card itself turned out to be smaller in size.

That's ok though!

I placed a piece of multi-purpose adhesive sheet onto the back of the baby wipe.

The glue left from the adhesive sheet allowed me to place the baby wipe on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.

The baby wipe was trimmed down, and the edges were folded over and secured onto the back of the card stock. 

I stamped the trees, leaves, and ground from Wonderful Branches using Early Espresso ink.

I used this retired stamp set from my stash because the image was small enough to fit onto the small card front piece.

The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The Tie Dye Background Tutorial hit e mail inboxes on November 14.

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I'll e mail the tutorial to you.

Thanks!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wonderful Branches, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive Curry, Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso

Accessories: baby wipe, multi-purpose adhesive sheet

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

More Painted Rocks!

If you've been following my blog posts the past couple of weeks, you'll notice that I've become obsessed with the painted rock movement.

It's big here in southern Colorado.  Find and paint a rock.  Leave it in a public space for someone to find.  The,y in tur,n can leave it somewhere for someone else to find.

Oh, and if you can, take a photo of it and post it on one of the local painted rock Facebook pages. 

For example, in my area, we have 719 Rocks, Canon City Rocks, Art & Soul Rocks, and Pueblo Rocks!

Too much fun!

You can see my collection of painted rocks HERE.

One of the things I've noticed is that the rocks we grow here along the Hardscrabble Creek outside of Wetmore are they often inspire what they'll become just by their shape and color.

A lot of the rocks are shaped like the side of dog's faces, therefore becoming "Rock Hounds!"

It's going to be hard to give these away.

No real painting required with these.

Details were just filled in with Sharpie pens.

Dogs

Others look like dinosaurs:

I left this one on Skyline Drive in Canon City, CO.

Skyline Drive is a road that follows the tops of the hogbacks on the western edge of the city.

There is a spot that was carved out of the rock showing fossilized dinosaur tracks. 

There an informational sign that has been placed in front of the fossils.

That's where I left this one.  Kind of wish I kept it, as it just makes me smile!

Dinosaur rock skyline drive 1

Or this one.  I just filled in the lines on the rock with a Sharpie pen.  This one I'm keeping!

Dino Rock

Here is the rock placed on our porch steps to greeting visitors:

Dino rock in the snow

And this one which I painted with a green Sharpie pen.  He sits in the rock wall that outlines my bee and butterfly garden!

Green dino rock

I hope my painted rocks have given you some inspiration and smiles!

I'd love to see your creations.

Please share if you can!

annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

 

 

 

 

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A Collection of Painted Rocks

So, I've said it before. 

I'm obsessed with painting rocks!

There is a big movement here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too.)

Find and paint rocks.

Leave them in public spaces for others to find.

They, in turn, take the rock and place them somewhere for someone else to find.

It's all designed to bring a smile.

And it does!

You can see my SU! inspired rocks HERE.

But, I thought I'd also share some of the rocks I've painted over the past few weeks.

Sunset inspired rocks:

Sunset rocks

Galaxy Rocks:

Galaxy Rocks

A lot of times, the rocks themselves inspire what they will be.

This was the case with these two fish rocks.

Trout:

Trout

Angel Fish:

Angel Fish Painted Rock

Recently, my Mom and I spent a day painting rocks. 

She let these duck shaped rocks provide the inspiration:

Mom's Ducks

I hope these rocks will make you smile.

I'll share some more in my next posting, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Decoupaged Pretty Pines Painted Rock

Pretty Pines Painted Rock

I'm obsessed with the painted rock movement! 

Have you heard of it?

It's big here in southern Colorado.

Find a rock, paint it, and leave it in a public space for someone to find.

That person, in turn, takes the rock and leaves it somewhere else for someone else to find.

I've been busy looking for and painting rocks!

We have no shortage of rocks here at my house as you can tell from my posting HERE.

I'm not a painter by any means and sometimes coming up with an idea and getting it onto the rock without messing it up can be a little stressful.

I'm often holding my breath the whole time!

Instead, I've found that it is easier for me to combine a little Stampin' Up! to the process.

In the rock above, I first painted it with a mix of blue acrylic paint.

While the paint was drying, I got out my Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, and some card stock and designer paper.

I first attached the paper (Delightful Daisy DSP for the pine boughs, Soft Suede card stock and retired Soft Suede DSP for the pine cones, and Cherry Cobbler card stock for the bow)

 to pieces of Multi-purpose Adhesive Paper.

I then cut them out using my Big Shot and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

I peeled off the backing on the adhesive paper, giving each piece a sticky back, allowing me to apply them easily to the rock.

Once all the pieces were in place, I added a coat of decoupage to glue and seal the rock.

 I  added some rhinestones that I colored with a blue Sharpie pen.  I also wrote the greeting, "Happy Winter" using the pen to complete the rock.

I know I'm supposed to leave the rock somewhere for someone else to find, but I think I'm going to keep this one!

Pretty Pines Painted Rock close up

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

 Supplies Used:

rock, acrylic paint, Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets, decoupage, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Delightful Daisy and Neutrals Designer Series Paper, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen

 

Happy Stampin'!

Fresh Card Making Idea-Tie Dye Background Technique

Fall Tie Dye

Tie Dye Daisy Delight

I've always loved tie dye! 

The mix and swirls of color. 

It always brings a smile.

To celebrate,  my November Fresh Card Making Idea will feature the Tie Dye Background Technique for paper-crafting.

It's super easy, and the possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

The tutorial will hit email in boxes on November 14.

Please be sure to sign up for my mailing list by 8:00 am on November 14 to receive this free tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions and color photos.

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Happy Stampin'!

Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

They can then re-hid the rocks or keep them for their own collection.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

It's almost become an obsession!

(you can see more of my painted rocks HERE)

So much so, that I seem to have started looking down everywhere I walk, looking for interesting shapes and colors of rocks.

Luckily, here in the mountains of southern Colorado, we grow lots of rocks!

This is our rock pile along the banks of the Hardscrabble Creek that flows through the front of our property.

Hardscrabble Creek Rock Pile

This summer, my husband dug out a small portion of the creek with his back hoe to clear out the sediment that has accumulated over the years.

This created a deep pool for our resident brook trout.

As you can see, I have an endless supply of rocks, just in that pile alone!

For these rocks, I decided to try something a little different by adding a little bit of Stampin' Up! to the mix.

After painting them black, I attached snowflakes cut out of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.

Before cutting them out, I attached the card stock to a piece of sticky-backed Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet.  Then, all I had to do was peel off the backing, and the snowflakes had a sticky back that would easily attach to the rock.

I then added a layer of decoupage to seal and finish them.

Snowflake Painted Rock Close Up

Easy, Easy!

I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies:

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

Supplies Used:

rocks, black acrylic paint, Whisper White card stock, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet, Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, decoupage, paint brushes

 

Happy Stampin'!

719 Rocks Inspired by Stampin' Up!

Painted Rocks 1

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

I decided to give hand-painted rocks as thank you gifts to attendees of an upcoming stamping class.

I thought it would be fun to share the 719 Rocks movement.  They can pass the rocks on for someone else to enjoy, or not.

I'm not the best painter, so I started with the ladybugs because I thought they'd be easy.

Yes, simple.  Basically just circles after prepping the rock with red and black paint!

I painted six ladybugs.  One went to Colorado Springs, CO, and one went to Canon City, CO.

Then, two went with us on a recent driving vacation to visit relatives in IA.  One was left in Cedar Rapids, and one was left in Muscatine!

For the class attendees,  I decided to expand my horizons a little.

But, to do that, I decided I'd take a little help from Stampin' Up!

For the Christmas tree rocks, I used a stencil created from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die (part of the Carols of Christmas Bundle).

I cut the single tree out of scrap card stock using the Big Shot and the thinlits die.  I then placed it on my prepped rock (background painted blue and white), and dabbed on green acrylic paint.  I added a little bling using rhinestones colored with red and yellow sharpies.  The two smaller trees were painted free hand (with me holding in my breath the whole time!)

Christmas Tree painted rock

I originally thought I'd give everyone a Christmas tree painted rock, but then I started to get bored. 

Time to move on to something else.

The fall tree was inspired by the stamp set Sheltering Tree.  Everything was painted free hand. 

My intent was that it would be a fall tree, but my husband thought it was a fruit tree covered in fruit.  Either works, right?

Sheltering Tree inspired painted rock

The sunset rock was inspired by the tall flowers found in the stamp set Daisy Delight.  After prepping the rock by painting it orange and black, I placed a circle stencil that I created using my 1" circle punch on it and dabbed on yellow paint.

I then drew the grass/flower stems using a black Sharpie pen.  I also stamped the grass image from the retired stamp set In the Meadow using black Stazon ink!

Sunset painted rock

That coupled with the two leftover ladybug rocks, I was done!

I had a painted rock for everyone.

Each rock has "719 Rocks, You Rock!" written on the bottom.

719 Rocks You Rock

Fun! 

I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Supplies Used:

rocks, acrylic paint, paint brushes, Big Shot, Card Front Builder Thinlits Die, In the Meadow stamp set, black Stazon ink, 1" circle punch, black, red, and yellow Sharpie pens

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Spooky Cat Halloween Diorama Card

Spooky Cat Diorama Card

This is the card I created for our one-year old Granddaughter for Halloween.

It's a diorama card created using the new Cat punch and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Making a diorama card is easy to do following my instructions found HERE.

For this card, I let the Spooky Night DSP do most of the work.  The background inside the diorama, the card front, the edge panels, the cat, and even the pumpkins are all patterns found in the paper stack.

Happy Halloween!

Spooky Cat Diorama Card close up

 

Cat Punch

Cat Punch

Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Spooky night dsp

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: none

Ink: none

Paper: Basic Black, Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Cat Punch, Big Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, Tear and Tape adhesive, Crushed Curry baker's twine, rhinestone, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Faux Metal Lovely as a Tree

Faux Metal Lovely as a TreeLovely as a Tree is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets.  It is one of the first stamp sets I purchased when I started stamping many moons ago. 

I think it is the oldest set found in the SU! Annual Catalog. 

I hold my breath every year when the retiring list is published, and I breathe a sigh of relief when I see that it is not on that list!

For this card, I combined Lovely as a Tree with the Faux Metal Technique. 

Perfect for a fall-themed card!

Also perfect for those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards too!

The Faux Metal Technique is very easy to do.

You will need a Versamark pad, embossing powder, heat tool and a stamp.

That's it!

Here's how:

1.  Ink up your stamp with Versamark and set it aside.  This is an important step.  The Versamark protects the rubber from the melted embossing powder in the last step.

2. Dab Versamark ink onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Pour embossing powder over the Versamark, and heat emboss using a heat tool.  For this card, I used copper embossing powder.

3. Repeat that step 2 more times.  On the third time, make sure the embossing powder is melting and flowing, like melted wax.

4. Quickly remove the heat from the card stock, and stamp your preconditioned stamp into the melted embossing powder.  Lift the stamp, and your image should be burnished into the embossing powder.  It's  the same principle as wax sealing an envelope. 

5. If you don't like the image, simply add more heat to the embossing powder, so it is melted and flowing and try again.  Remember to condition your stamp with Versamark before stamping.

6. Swipe Embossing Buddy over piece of Perfect Plum card stock.  Stamp leaves and pine cones from Lovely as a Tree using Versamark ink.  Heat emboss using copper embossing powder. 

7. Dab edges of Perfect Plum into Versamark and heat emboss using copper embossing powder.

8.  Attach to front of Whisper White card base.  Attach Faux Metal piece to front of card base , popping it up using Dimensionals.

9. Stamp greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Elegant Eggplant to complete.

I  hope you'll give it a try and will share your creations with me.

Lovely as a Tree, timeless tree images!

Lovely as a tree

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Versamark, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Woodland Embossing Folder Watercolor Background

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It's easy to create watercolor backgrounds using the Big Shot and Woodland Textured Embossing Folder.

This is the card I created after creating this 3D Woodland embossed card found HERE.

To create the background for this card, I simply spritzed the inside of the embossing folder with water like I was cleaning the ink from the inside. 

The ink pooled and began to run.   I inserted a piece of Whisper White card stock and ran it through the Big Shot.

Now the colors are behind the embossed image.

To fill in the spaces, I stamped the small leaf image from Sheltering Tree using Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango inks.  I colored in the lines on the bark using my Early Espresso marker.

To see my other 3D Woodland Embossing Folder creations, along with a step by step tutorial, please visit my page HERE.

So, before you clean up, try creating another card.  The look will be slightly different than the original!

Woodland Textured Embossing Folder

Woodland embossing folder

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Eastern Beauty

Ink: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso marker

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crushed Curry

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, spritzer bottle filled with water, Crumb Cake seam binding (retired), 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

3D Stamping with Woodland Embossing Folder

Woodland Embossing Folder 3D stamping

Be sure to check out my other 3D Woodland Embossing Folder projects Here.  There's a link to full instructions in a pdf format!

I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, and in the fall, this is the view from my front window. 

Aspens and their changing leaves!

Aspens

Great inspiration for my card using the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder.

You can view full instructions using the link above, but here's a short version.

I stamped the large leaves image found in Sheltering Tree on the inside of the Woodland embossing folder using Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Tranquil Tide inks.  I also colored in the lines of the tree bark using my Early Espresso marker.  Then, I inserted a piece of Whisper White card stock into the folder and embossed it using the Big Shot.  The leaves are now behind the embossed image.  To fill in spaces, I stamped the small leaf image from Sheltering Tree using the same inks.

The greeting is from Eastern Beauty stamped in Tangerine Tango onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, cut out using my 1" circle punch and then layered to a piece of Tranquil Tide punched out using my 1 1/4" circle punch.

It's easy to create 3D stamped images using the Big Shot and Woodland Textured Embossing Folder.

Woodland Textured Embossing Folder

Woodland embossing folder

 

Online ordering

 

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Eastern Beauty

Ink: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso marker

Paper: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder,  1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, candy dots, sponge, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!