Daily Archives: January 24, 2013

Heat embossing…

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…where have you been my whole life?

So, as I’ve said before, I’m totally new to this card making thing – started September 2012. Over the course of these past few months, I’ve watched loads of videos about various aspects of card making. I’ve learned a thing or 47 along the way. I’d seen videos that featured heat embossing but was never pushed to try it.

Along came the May Arts blog hop. I jumped right to Sandy Allnock’s post. Her card was beautiful – brown with turquoise plus a vintage phone. She had a video to go with it, to explain the card construction as well as her nifty “attach a ribbon to a card with a brad” technique.

At 1:19, I was mesmerized. That’s the point where she just started to heat emboss the telephone. Something about seeing that flat image blossom into textural loveliness made me go “OK, now I get it.”

Went out and bought a heat gun, embossing powders, black pigment ink and a clear embossing ink. Came home and tried out a simple sentiment with curly border. Having never done it, I was distressed when, after pouring on the clear embossing powder, the image became pale but then BOOM, a little bit of heat and my “thanks” just popped.

Wausau Fleck cardstock base, pattern papers from DCWV Summer Stack, Sentiment from Doodlebug Design, Embossing Powder from Hampton, Ribbon is American Crafts.

*This card is my submission to this week’s Shopping Our Stash Challenge – Use your oldest ribbon. This ribbon is, I think,  4 or so years old. Bought it originally for making hair clips that I stock in my Etsy store. It looks like an accessory item to this paper.

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