Sunday, June 2, 2024

Heat Embossing Techniques on Handmade Cards

 Hello crafty world! My creative crew wanted to practice some heat embossing techniques, so I've made some kits for 4 cards. These cards include:

  • A regular, heat embossed sentiment
  • A coloured, stamped sentiment overlaid with clear heat embossing
  • Emboss Resist
  • Watercolour emboss resist and lift
  • A DIY embossing powder enamel shape
  • Water splatter embossing
  • Water coloured focal images with each image heat embossed on watercolour paper 
  • Watermark stamping
My favourite is the water splatter embossing. The bear from Penny Black stamps is just so amazing. Penny Black makes great stamps for colouring because the spaces are big. I think that if you swap out the sentiment on this card, it could make a great sympathy card too.

The teddy bears from Penny Black are just adorable, including this tea cup one. This card features the emboss resist lift. First you colour the background, then you clear emboss on it, then you mist it with water and sop up some of the exposed colour. 

This one is the watermark - no embossing powder.

And this one is the same background stamp but as emboss resist. I clear embossed on plain white cardstock and then inkblended over top after. I put the house die cut in my mini pancake maker and melted gold embossing powder on it. Then I sprinkled on some white embossing powder and swirled it with a toothpick.

 Which one is your favourite card? Which technique is your favourite heat embossing technique?

Friday, February 16, 2024

DIY Mini Envelope

 I've been having fun using up paper scraps to make mini-envelopes as embellishments for my cards. I figured out how to make the medium sized one with the Envelope Punch Board. But I also wanted some mini ones so I figured how to do that on the Scor Pal score board, with out the Scor Envi guide.

Tah-dah! This size of DIY envelope is a bit smaller than the currently popular Envelope of Wonder die by Spellbinders. I did make one the same size as the Envelope of Wonder, but I find it a little big. I made this as my mother-in-law's birthday card. I used a few Penny Black stamps and went for a watercolour look. I watercoloured the bird and then the flowers are a solid stamp, designed to look like you watercoloured them. The newsprint paper is among the last of the scraps I have for it. I love that paper!

I think I did okay with the watercolour. It's not my style but I've tried a few more since then. I do love that you only need 1 colour to get the variations by diluting with water. But, you don't get the same degree of control that you do with alcohol markers. It was fun to play around with something different though!

Do you like making mini-envelopes? What do you use yours for?