Monday, November 20, 2017

Festive Phrases Christmas Card with Two Types of Embossing

Hey Peaches! How was your weekend?! We’ve had a great start to our holiday week here. In the states we celebrate Thanksgiving which means a whole week off from school!!!! So we’re already enjoying pre-Thanksgiving parties and get togethers. Our tradition in my house it to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put up all of our Christmas decorations . However, in the plastic few years we’ve started a little early because we knew we wouldn’t be able to do it until later with conflicting schedules, and I have really liked the additional time we have gotten to enjoy our beautiful decorations. After all, we do it up pretty big here at my house so it takes most of the day to get it done. We might as well enjoy them as long as possible right?!

Well, now that we have the holidays on the brain, let’s just go right into my Christmas card. I’ve shared in a prior post a while back how I like to mix textures and techniques to create more interest on my projects. Well, in case you’ve just found me, I’ll just share a few more tips.

Sometimes it’s fun to give the eye multiple textures to look at and embossing can be a great way to achieve this. My card today uses both dry and wet embossing techniques. It’s a great way to get lots of texture into your project and both techniques are very simple, but here’s a few tips.

For the dry embossing part, most commonly, embossing folders are the tool to use. They take all the guess work out of the process and the price point is very reasonable . I used the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock cut at 4” x 5 1/4” for my top panel (my base is the same color cardstock cut at 4 1/4” x 11” scored at 5 1/2”), and I placed my panel in the lower left corner of the folder so that the snowflake would be slightly sitting on the lower left edge, just hanging off the edge a little. Now I was ready for the next type of embossing.

For “wet/heat” embossing, you need embossing powder and something for it to stick to. I like to use Versamark ink. It’s a sticky ink that remains wet longer than the typical ink. It has other uses as well, but for the purpose of this post, we’re just going to discuss its use with embossing powders. You would tap your stamp into this ink just as you would any other ink. The only difference is that this ink will be hard to see when you stamp it. I also recommend that before you actually stamp your image, that you use the Embossing Buddy. This is a must have tool for me when heat embossing. It is essentially an anti-static tool that, when applied to the area before stamping, will prevent any powder from sticking to anywhere but where you stamp the ink. So now that you’ve applied your powder and stamped your image, you’re ready to heat/melt the powder.

The heat embossed process is actually kind of magical to watch. I took the elf stamp from Stampin’ Up!’s Festive Phrases Stamp Set, inked it up in Versamark ink, and stamped it onto some Whisper White cardstock. Then I added my Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder over top of my freshly stamped image. Now for the magic. Take your Heat Tool, turn it on, and before I put it to my project, I like to let it get good and hot (about 30 seconds). Then I slowly run it over my image. You continue to do this until you see the powder melt and turn metallic. It’s really fun to watch.

After the heat embossing was done I cut the sentiment out of the rest of the image sine I didn’t want to rest of the image, just the sentiment. I added a few layers of elements that included a few banners, snowflakes, and embellishments and that finished off my card. Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!

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