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Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Let’s have some fun with paper embossing techniques with ink refills!  Want a super quick and easy effect with gorgeous results?  Look no further than your glossy paper, ink refills and water. 

Oh and this time, I added in some crisp white embossing powder in a bold image.  Stick around and I give you some  of my top tips to make this pretty card easier.  How about we take a peek?

Yesterday I shared the Annual Catalogue and Occasions retiring lists…and you noticed a huge number of ink refills are being retired…the whole line in fact.  Holy smokes, what’s going on?  There’s a few reasons:

  • The exciting colour revamp (read a whole bunch more about it here!)
  • A new refill formula has been developed with defoamer added so all those annoying little bubbles you get now when you re-ink your stamp pad won’t appear.  Plus the new formula will spread better.
  • Archival Basic Black and Gray are being retired since SU! was having difficulty in consistently creating a quality formula for this type of ink.  And since they always want to offer quality products for us to use and because they couldn’t feel confident they were producing this, they have chosen to retire both colours  (but the good news is, StazOn Jet Black is coming back!)

Does that mean your old refills aren’t good any longer?  Absolutely not!  You’re just going to want to make sure you have lots on hand for those favourite colours of stamp pads and for these paper embossing techniques with ink refills.  But I can’t stress enough!  Order early as quantities are only while supplies last.

So let’s take another view of this card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

 

You can see the exact steps for this technique in my video.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, take a gander at how quick and easy it is.  You’ll be a pro in no time!

And here’s all the supplies you need for making awesome backgrounds exactly like this one.

Once you have your background created, the paper really just becomes heavier patterned paper.  And you already know what a lot of options we have for that!

One of my most popular posts showcased this beautiful Front & Centre Friday card made by my friend Kim.  So I wanted to show you another version of the same layout so you can see how easy it is to change things up for your own cards.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s everything I used to make my three-panel birthday card.  The tropical (remind you of Hawaii anyone?) leaf is from the Pop of Paradise stamp set and we’ll be waving goodbye to it come May 31st. 🙁

Everything else is remaining current for the new catalogue so that’s exciting!  

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s my TOP TIPS for my three panel card:

  1. Make sure to use a tissue to wipe off the embossed leaf as the liquid will not dry on top of the plastic.
  2. Cut down the edges of your decorated glossy paper to remove places where the ink has pooled.
  3. Don’t throw out those cut off pieces.  One might be just perfect for the inside of your card (see below)!
  4. Place your three pieces of decorated paper on your piece of Thick Whisper White card stock first BEFORE gluing so you can get it centred properly.
  5. Adhere the middle decorated panel to the middle of the piece of Thick Whisper White FIRST.  Then adhere either the left or right.  This will let you line up the pieces better.
  6. I glued the Night of Navy oval right on top of the panels but put dimensionals to adhere the greeting oval.  I glued my copper leaves to the back of the TOP greeting so it looks like they’re floating a bit on top.
  7. Try adhesive foam strips to give a firm raised panel for your card.  BONUS:  when it goes through the mail, it will retain its height above your card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s another idea also using the Pop of Paradise set, this time just a bit easier as it’s not a three-panel card.  Your whole piece of decorated paper (after you cut it down) becomes your card front.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

I really do love this technique – as does pretty much anyone who gives it a try!  So when you have a few minutes of play time, I think you’ll find it’s a fabulous way to get a bunch of backgrounds done quickly.

There are so many possibilities of colour combinations.  If this one with Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Crushed Curry is too intense for you, how about giving something like this a shot?  Some you’ll love more than others, but all will give you fabulous backgrounds. 

And guess what?  This is only one of the variety of paper embossing techniques with ink refills to try – check back often to see more of my ideas come to life!

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Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

If you haven’t seen the Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration set yet, you’re going to want to add it to your collection – for FREE -when you see it in action. It was probably the first set to catch my eye when the Sale-a-bration flyer came out since there are just SO many possibilities for sentiments when you mix and match the 16 pieces. Yeah 16! It’s a double set!

The pretty cursive writing is casual, yet elegant and works perfectly with the bold, floral-y large greeting. I quite enjoy how the flower “garland” forms part of the word itself without detracting from the greeting.  It’s a very similar style to this pretty card my friend Leslie made.

Take a peek at how we used it at my Open House in this simple, yet effective note card.

happy wishes stampin up saleabration

And here’s the whole set. How many word combinations can you come up with?

Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

So right off the hop, I can count 18 greetings…and I’m sure there are many more we can come up with with a bit more time.

happy wishes stampin up saleabration

I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this set and the silvery and colourful Sweet Soiree designer series specialty paper.  From this angle can you see the texture in the flowers?  It’s just so touchable and cool!

TIP: This is one way I like to use any patterned paper. Create a border either on the top, bottom (like here) or on either side to anchor the card. It instantly adds a pop of pretty. (And your designer paper goes a super long way, when you’re just using small strips of it at a time – you know, in case you’re a paper hoarder – ahem collector – like me.) Then pick up colours and details from the paper to echo in the stamped image. It’s so easy it’s like taking candy from a baby (not that I would ever do that!)

Seeing as it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, let me give you the how-to to make this Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration card:

Ingredients

  • Whisper White Notecard and envelope
  • Sweet Soiree Designer Series Specialty Paper – 1/2” x 5”

Recipe

  1. Attach your strip of designer series paper first.
  2. Turn large stamp over and ink with Versamark ink. Stamp onto top middle of notecard.
  3. Sprinkle with silver embossing poweder and heat with Heat Tool just until shiny.
  4. Colour flowers with detailed end of Stampin’ Write markers: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Calypso Coral. TIP: Knowing that I wanted to colour in a few flowers, the embossing has an added benefit. It creates a little raised edge to colour within so our marker doesn’t stray outside the flowers and leaves!!
  5. LIGHTLY swirl Rich Razzleberry sponge dauber over top of silver to leave slight shadow. TIP: only dab your dauber in your ink pad, swirl it onto a piece of scrap paper, then ever so slightly run it over your bottom swoosh.
  6. LIGHTLY rub a tissue over your embossing.  This will pick up any ink that might be on top of the embossed “plastic”.
  7. Stamp cursive words in Rich Razzleberry.
  8. Affix one silver metallic enamel shape to card.

 

happy wishes stampin up saleabration

For an extra special professional touch, add the same patterned paper to the outside envelope flap. How to do this?

  1. Run SNAIL around outside edge of flap.
  2. Line up straight edge of patterned paper at the top and left hand side and adhere.
  3. Turn envelope over and use Paper Snips to cut around flap.

Any $120 order will get you this set for absolutely nothing – free – gratis! So stock up on your cardstock, adhesive, ink or envelopes. You know you’re going to use them right? And why would you let this exclusive set pass you by when you can use it for so many occasions?

Have you added this beautiful set to your order? You want to do it now since here’s the Sale-a-bration fine print: “Product availability may be limited towards the end of the promotional sales period.” I’d hate for you to miss out! Plus I’m a bit selfish.  I want to see what great ideas you come up with with this Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration 2018 double set!

 

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Heat Embossed Valentines Crate Card

Heat Embossed Valentines Crate Card

For Front and Centre Friday, I want to show you how cute Pat’s heat embossed Valentine’s crate card is. She made it for me for my Occasions Open House using the delightful Wood Words bundle (which she got at a 10% discount!).

With a mix of shiny red embossing, crisp Whisper White and rustic wood textures designer series paper her card packs a sweet punch. Plus she showed how awesome the old time crate is on the front of a card! Talk about getting more bang for your buck with this suite. Wanna see?

Heat-Embossed-Valentine's-Crate-Card

Adorable right? Did you notice the heart cut out? She wanted a heart with a bit more body so she die cut a piece of chipboard first, then the same wood grain paper to glue on top. Just cutting the heart with the wood grain running in a different direction makes the heart stand out against the background crate.

What are Pat’s steps to create those glossy red flowers?

  1. first stamp the pretty flower image in Real Red
  2. clean your stamp then use stamp positioner to stamp directly over it in Versamark ink.
  3. sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat emboss

Her pretty little leaf and berries come from the Flourish Thinlits dies. Set behind her fussy cut flowers, they’re the perfect finishing touch.

Heat-Embossed-Valentine's-Crate-Card

 

You know you might not want to even use this for Valentine’s. Call me quirky but I thought the shape of the top of the flowers looked a bit like a heart sitting in a flower box. Can you see it too?

Heat-Embossed-Valentine's-Crate-Card

Even if you don’t see it, don’t you love how this bundle takes all the work out of creating that “down home” feel? I’ll bet you’ve probably got a soft spot too for those old wood crates that are perfect for decorating, display and packing. They bring to mind nostalgic country fairs, farmer’s markets and fresh fruit stands. See how I dressed a crate up here for a masculine thank you treat holder for a little different look.

Bundles like Wood Words are a fabulous way to save money and get tons of versatility – and coordination. Remember bundles stick around for one catalogue ONLY so make sure you snap this one up and save 10%. Just click here to get your own bundle – and all the supplies to make Pat’s design.

 

Heat-Embossed-Valentine's-Crate-Card

Thanks for spending time with me today. I hope you enjoyed Pat’s lovely card showcasing the Wood Textures suite. Maybe it’s been on your wish list for awhile and now you’ve seen its versatility, you’re ready to add it to your own stamping goodies. Then you can be designing a heat embossed Valentine’s crate card for someone special too.

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Handmade Rubber Stamped Cards

Handmade Rubber Stamped Cards

It’s always fun to receive handmade rubber stamped cards in the mail isn’t it? And last year I was lucky enough to get this beautiful Christmas greeting from my friend Rhonda. I waited a whole year to post it on my Front and Centre Friday since I knew you would want to see how pretty it is!

handmade rubber stamped cards

Rhonda chose wha twe might think is an unusual set of images for her festive greetings – the Paisleys and Posies set and Paisley framelits. It was popular for fall last year and we were happy to see it stick around in the 2017-18 Annual catalogue. I for one think it TOTALLY works for a holiday hi!

It’s hard to decide what makes it so effective. Is it her choice of colours, the white embossed images or the pop of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper? Or maybe it’s the sparkly rhinestones that makes us feel a bit wintry and festive. What do you think?

handmade rubber stamped cards

What steps did Rhonda use to create her handmade rubber stamped cards?

  1. stamping her images on a Whisper White note card in Versamark and sprinkling with white embossing powder and heating
  2. sponging on two colours of inks to change the Whisper White to a pretty blue and grey
  3. die cutting the detailed paisley shape in Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and framing it with a larger Night of Navy shape
  4. attaching several rhinestone jewels for added sparkle
  5. adding a large pearl embellishment to add oomph! to the focal point embellishment
  6. inking up her samp one more time with both ink colours and stamping onto her envelope

Take a closer peek at how gorgeous that die cut shape is.

handmade rubber stamped cards

Although the Paisleys and Posies stamp set has more of an autumn feel with the greeting it includes, Rhonda’s card as well as this pretty friend one I shared in August don’t look “autumn-ly” at all!  We’re both working “outside the box”, somewhere it’s always nice to be as an artist!  I bet this set would be awesome for spring and summer too. It really does show the versatility of our stamp sets. Change up the colours, add different greetings, play with a technique or two and you can create very different projects.

To recreate Rhonda’s card, here is everything you need.

How about one more view?

handmade rubber stamped cards

I love to showcase all your talent. My Front and Centre Friday is your chance to see your work featured. And it’s super easy! Send me a handmade card using current Stampin’ Up! supplies and you’re in! You can snail mail it to me at: Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta, Canada T0M0J0 or email me too. Either way, I’ll be happy to share your work with others.

Most of us have a passion for handmade rubber stamped cards – try something a little different with your stamps and see how much fun it is to work outside the box!

Cool Heat Embossing Technique on Words

Cool Heat Embossing Technique on Words

Wanna learn a cool heat embossing technique on words that creates stunning results? When I saw the ultra cool “hello” card on page 16 of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue I had to try the technique myself. Now I want to share it with you in a congratulations card and video.

cool heat embossing technique on words

Isn’t it GORGEOUS? I designed this card to congratulate a member of my stampin’ team who reached a new milestone. Her promotion meant her new title was Bronze Elite, so I wanted a classy card with lots of bronze and copper elements. Since I loved my silver and black card last week, I played with the Eastern Medallion thinlits with traditional black, copper and white this time.

Did you notice all the copper touches?

  • Centrepiece medallion
  • Embossing powder on the “congrats”
  • Embossed images on the Basic Black behind the “congrats”
  • Metallic thread wound around the Basic Black panel on the left

Heat embossing is one of the coolest – and simplest – techniques to create WOW cards. Remember the first time you saw it in action? Weren’t you dazzled? It’s even more impressive when you can build a thick, shiny surface like the one on these letters. Take a little closer look.

cool heat embossing technique on words

How do you get the two tone look on the word? That’s where a post-it note comes in handy! Take a peek at my video to see how this technique works.

I’ll bet you may even have all the supplies on hand at home to design a card using this cool heat embossing technique on words. But if not, you’re welcome to place an online order for any supply you might need by clicking on the images below.

Tips to make this card:

  • cut out your medallion die cut with the Big Shot then use your Paper Snips to snip off the tips to remove it from the circle
  • add little dots of liquid glue behind the centre of the medallion to adhere the 1″ Basic Black circle
  • close your card when it’s time to adhere the medallion and place in the middle of the circle cut out
  • adhere Mini Dimensionals to the back of the medallion to pop it up in several places
  • use 1-2 feet of Copper metallic thread to add interest to the strip of Basic Black
  • run a strip of Fast Fuse on the back of the Basic Black where you are winding the copper metallic thread so it will stay “stuck

 

Here’s a final photo.

cool heat embossing technique on words

Much of the charm of these cards lies in the contrast between the thick, smooth and glossy shiny words and the paper itself. It’s so fun to see the plastic melting into a pool. Why not get yourself into your craft room and start playing with this cool heat embossing technique on words yourself?

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