#StampinUp, Embossing, Handmade Cards

Heat embossed cards… Stampin’ Up! “Crazy About You” & “Crazy Wishes” Stamp Sets

Hello my lovlies,

Well, I really love my latest Project Makes which are a birthday card and a friendship card using heat embossing on velum.  This was my first attempt following a lovely youtube video from Natasha Foote of New Zealand and I have included the link to her video at the end of this blog.

And here are the cards:

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Materials Required:

  • Blank Card – I used a 5 x 7″ plain white card
  • Slate Grey cardstock for bottom layer
  • White cards stock
  • Grey cardstock strip for top layer
  • Velum
  • Floral Stamps – I used both the Stampin’ Up! “Crazy About You” and “Happy Wishes” Sets
  • Embossing Clear Stamp Pad
  • Bright / Ultra White Wow Embossing Powder for die cuts
  • Silver Wow Embossing Powder for Sentiment Stamped Images
  • Double sided sticky pads
  • Glue
  • Co-ordinating silver gems / embellesments

Equipment Required: 

  • Die Cutting Machine – I used my new Gemini Electronic Die Cutter
  • Heat Gun
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Stamping Platform or Stamping Block
  • Scissors
  • Anti-static pouch / bag

 

Step 1: Mat and Layer your card with the Slate Grey Cardstock / Grey strip ensuring you leave about 1/4″ border so that the white card stands out as another dimension to your card.  (Sorry I forgot to take a photograph of the plain layered card!).

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Step 2:

a) Apply your anti-static powder to both the velum and the white card stock that you will be stamping on.

b) In stages, apply your embossing ink to 1) your sentiments and 2) your floral stamps.

c) Apply relevant colour of embossing powder and tap to release any excess (scoop up the powder that is left and put back into your embossing tub before you spill it!).

d) Ensure your heat gun is nice and hot (I give mine about 30 seconds) before you heat emboss the powder to a marvellous finish.

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Step 3:

Adhere and layer your stamped sentiments to the grey cardstock.

Step 4:

Fussy cut your floral embossed images.

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Step 5:

a) Position and adhere your layered sentiment(s).

b) Position and adhere some of your images to your card (flush) and leave one or two to be adhered with your dimentional foam pads.

(HINT: Have a play around with the positioning of your embelleshments first till you are happy with the layout.)

 

Step 6:

Take a photograph of your gorgeous finished card – ain’t it lovely 🙂

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Do you still have lots of fussy cut die pieces?

You can opt to make a second card using an alternative sentiment and left over die cuts like I have here.

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You can see in the photo above/below I played around a little with positioning.

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I finally opted for this design which I love!

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And here are both finished projects.

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Thank you for reading and I hope I have inspired you to make a similar card 🙂

Love Tx
Credit and Thank you Natasha Foote for the inspiration 🙂  You can view Natasha’s technique in the video below.

 

Home Decor & Upcycling, Photoframes and 3D Frames, Wedding

Create a gorgeous upcycled wedding / engagement gift 3D photo frame

I am soooooo in love with this cute alternate frame I created.

I was gifted four of these frames from my Mother-in-Law Helen as she knew they wouldn’t go to waste once I got my crafty little hands on them.

Materials:

  • 4×6″ photoframe(s)
  • Sara Davies Signature Rustic Cottage Metal Dies-Aged Rose (Rustic Cottage Collection)
  • Deep pink card stock
  • White Ink (Dovecraft Premium Essentials)
  • Medium sized Ivory paper rose heads
  • Small White paper rose heads
  • Pink Rose flat-back resin embellishments
  • Pastel coloured satin rose bud heads
  • Metal Charm embellishments (Queen Crowns x2 and a Love Sentiment)Tools:
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • Hot Glue Gun
Mrs and Mrs Upcycled Frame #weddinggift #samesexmarriage #MrandMr
Wow – I’m so in love with this 🙂

Step 1: Die cut (or hand cut – use Google for a free printable template) circular florals and bone fold to shape petals.

Step 2: Roll up or quill into flower shape. (I inked the petal edges to give a less white look.)

Step 3: Glue together firmly and add floral centre embellishment as desired (pearl, button, satin rose, etc.)

Repeat until you have enough for your project.

Step 4: Securely glue embellishments to your frame mixing up with other items as you see here. These were premade and purchased from eBay (paper roses and plastic flat back resin roses).

Remember to cut off the metal wire prior to fixing.

Step 5:

Secure chosen charms to your frame also. Have a play around to see where best to fit them.

I chose two queens crowns and the word love. This is an ideal present for a same sex couple 🙂

Mrs and Mrs Upcycled Frame #weddinggift #samesexmarriage #MrandMr
Isn’t this just beautiful?

Step 6: Take a photograph of your creation!

Mrs and Mrs Upcycled Frame #weddinggift #samesexmarriage #MrandMr

Tip: Ensure there are no strings of glue left behind from your glue gun (as you can see I forgot to tidy my glue up before I took the photograph!).

Alternate Suggestion: Instead of getting rid of old frames, give them a new lease of life by upcycling as in this tutorial, or by giving it a lick of chalk paint to match your decor. Either way you will end up with a gorgeous looking one-off frame that no-one else has! Each upcycled frame is unique to you / the recipient.

Here is a different style that I also created (this frame’s glass was missing so I decided to make something for me).

I hope this has inspired you to try this at home and begin your upcycling crafty journey!

Tx