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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

April 10th - Ribbon

The idea behind this month's projects, was to make you think outside the box when it comes to using ribbon. To make it more part of the card, rather than just tie it round the card along the spine of the card.

The Project Card

For this card, the ribbon helps divide the card up into quarters and becomes part of the pattern/design.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

March 27th - Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and Enamel

This month we looked at the different ways that we use embossing powder/enamel and the different types available on the market. Remember I said not to waste your fine detail embossing powder in any of these techniques. Also that Distress Embossing Powders are not suitable either.

The technique used on this card, for the Vase, was to triple emboss and then stamp into the warm and melted powder with an inked stamp. This was something that most of us have tried at some point. The extra dimension to this card was the embossing powder used. I took some CLEAR Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and added a few drops of alcohol ink to the powder, stirred the mixture and left it out overnight, to make sure the alcohol completely evaporates. I particularly like this method, as when you emboss with the powder you do not get even colour coverage.

This was the card that was the inspiration for this particular session. The topper background paper was created when we played with shaving foam and spritzers/sprays. The ship image was stamped and embossed with fine detail embossing powder. Then the sails and the hull were painted with household bleach to take out the colour. The embellishment was created by combining Copper Metal Magic and Black & Gold ordinary Embossing powder into a silver pie dish. This was then heated, until liquid and poured onto a craft mat, and then an inked Compass stamp was pushed into the liquid and allowed to cool. Then some Perfect Pearls where dusted over the embellishment.

This card shows a particular favourite method of mine for words. Choose your colour embossing powder, heat it up, pour it onto the mat, then ink up the word stamp with versamark and stamp into the liquid. You do not want the whole word (or image) so you only need to heat up a small amount. Remove stamp and dust the letters with Perfect Pearls. Then fill up the letters with Crystal Lacquer.