Boy, did I have fun yesterday when I was creating this card! I already knew that it’s easy to heat emboss in all the colours of our inks. (I’ll explain how before I close today’s blog). It isn’t so easy to do when you’re using solid stamps like those in the Silhouette Scenes Stamp Set. Sometimes it can be quite a challenge just to get a good stamped image. I decided it’d be a good idea to get my Stamparatus out to help me!
The first Image I stamped was onto Purple Posy Cardstock (CS) using Gorgeous Grape Ink. I was disappointed with the first image! Was it because I didn’t concentrate on what I was doing – after all, I was using my Stamparatus so I could re-stamp it as many times I wanted to! Maybe it was because my ink pad needed re-inking? I don’t know but the reason was immaterial thanks to my Stamparatus!
I stamped as many times as necessary until I was reasonably happy with the image. My Shammy had dried out and I needed it so I could clean my stamp. It took several minutes to get it completely wet – as you can tell, I don’t use my shammy often! After I had cleaned the stamp, I re-inked it with Versamark and stamped. I repeated this about three times. I didn’t actually count but it was definitely a lot fewer times than when I was using the ink!
I dipped the image in my Clear Embossing Powder and could see the Versamark hadn’t covered the ink as well as I would have liked it too! After I had heat set it and let it cooled I put the image back into my Stamparatus and re-stamped it with more Versamark. I dipped the image in the Clear Embossing Powder again and heat set it. Most of the image was superb but the umbrella was very disappointing!
I still have a couple of Versamark pens in my stash from pre-Stampin’ Up! days and decided to see if I could fill in the tiny areas that were totally devoid of embossing powder! When I dipped the image into the Clear Embossing Powder I couldn’t be sure if I had filled the holes or not! After heat setting, it was better but there were still some very small dips in the embossing.
I stopped at this point because the heat embossing on all the other areas was becoming really smooth and “wet-looking”. This is a look I don’t like and I decided to start again! This time I stamped onto a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP). I chose the Balmy Blue rain design from the Pleased As Punch DSP. I can’t remember ever heat-embossing on DSP before but it worked brilliantly!
I changed to Blueberry Bushel Ink and the image was perfect after about three stampings. After cleaning my stamp I re-inked the stamp with Versamark and stamped onto the image. I repeated this once more, dipped it in Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it. I repeated this once more and I was so pleased with the result. The DSP had warped very slightly so I allowed it a few minutes to cool off and then put it under a heavy weight for a short while.
While I was waiting, I prepared a Night of Navy CS card base, a Balmy Blue CS first layer (A4 is 3 15/16″ x 5 9/16″ – Letter-size 4 1/16″ x 5 3/16″) and the second layer in Night of Navy CS. I adhered a Balmy Blue layer two inside the card. I took the heat-embossed image and die-cut it using the no. 5 regular die from the Rectangle Stitched Dies. I used the same die to die-cut a “window” towards the bottom of the Night of Navy CS second layer.
I adhered the Balmy Blue CS layer and Night of Navy CS layer together and then adhered them on the card front. Next, I used Tombow to adhere the heat embossed image inside the Night of Navy window. Next, I used my Stamparatus to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment from the stamp set: TOGETHER IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO BE. After I’d die-cut it using the single die in the Rectangle Stitched Dies I adhered it at the top of the card.
I finished off the front of the card by adding a vertical line of Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels in Coastal Cabana in the bottom left-hand corner and the top right-hand corner. Then I added some retired Epoxy Raindrops in the raindrops on the DSP and in with the sentiment. Inside the card, I adhered a Balmy Blue CS umbrella I’d stamped in Blueberry Bushel Ink onto a piece of Balmy Blue CS and punched out with the Umbrella Builder Punch and adhered it on the left-hand side.
As I said at the beginning, I’d give you the instructions for easy heat embossing in any of our ink colours. Ink your stamp first with Versamark. Next ink your stamp in your chosen colour – this won’t spoil your ink pad. Stamp your image in the colour you want, dip it in Clear Embossing Powder and heat. I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about this technique! That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: (A4) Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8” First layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½” Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: (Letter-size) Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼” First layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼” Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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