I have been using my Stamparatus more and more recently and have stopped putting it away every day. It has it’s own “home” on my desk now which is a large part of the reason I’m using it more! For today’s card, my Stamparatus has enabled me not only to get a great impression of the sentiment by colouring the stamp with my marker pens but also heat embossing it with Clear Embossing Powder!
I never find I get a brilliant result when I paint a stamp using Stampin’ Write Marker Pens so I decided to reach for my Stamparatus. I painted SENDING and HUGS using my Basic Black marker pen. I closed the door, gave a press and lifted the door. For some reason, HUGS had stamped brilliantly but SENDING was quite pale. I repainted the SENDING, closed the door, pressed, opened the door and I was more than happy!
While I was painting the Basic Black words I could have painted the Real Red word, i.e. HEALING at the same time. The reason I chose to do them separately was to avoid making the mistake of painting one of the words in the wrong colour! It’s an easy enough mistake to make if I get distracted by something! I painted HEALING using my Real Red marker pen, closed the door, gave a press and lifted the door. It was a great impression so I cleaned my stamp using my Shammy.
Before I moved onto the next step I wanted to make sure the ink was dry on my sentiment and used my heat tool for a couple of minutes – I stopped as soon as I saw my cardstock beginning to warp. When I had placed my cardstock back on the Stamparatus in the same position it was before, I used one of the magnets to make sure the warping didn’t cause it to move. Yes, I should always use my magnets but there are times when I push my luck and don’t. I know I’ll be sorry one day!
I wiped over the cardstock with my Embossing Buddy, even though I’d be using Clear Embossing Powder, and inked the stamp using Versamark. Once I was happy I’d inked my stamp well, I picked it up and dipped it in my box of embossing powder. I heated it using my Heat Tool until all the powder had melted. The depth of the colour and the shine were amazing. Unfortunately, like Wink of Stella, the shine doesn’t show up in the photographs which is so very frustrating!
Going off on a tangent for a moment, I have ordered a new camera for photographing my cards because I started having trouble with the lens. Hubby changed it over with another lens he had but I couldn’t always turn it properly to focus. The other day I was so frustrated with the lens when I couldn’t turn it, I used brute force and ignorance and forced it to move! Not a good idea! I broke it! I’m so blessed that hubby is such a patient man! My new camera is on its way!
The sentiment is from the So Sentimental Stamp Set (c/f) and die-cut with one of the fancy dies from the co-ordinating Stitched So Sweetly Dies set (c/f). The two images of the poppies and the painted vellum leaves are all from the Peaceful Poppies Elements (ret mini page 25). I used my Dark Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blend to colour the leaves from the back so the white embossed lines were visible.
I adhered three Coastal Cabana Rhinestones from the Holiday pack which was available in last year’s Christmas Catalogue. Next, I added a bow I’d made using the 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon (c/f) in the top right-hand corner of the sentiment but the card still needed something else. I decided to add a second bow which is something I don’t think I’ve ever done before although I have certainly thought about it!To finish my card I added a middle layer of Pool Party Cardstock (CS) and a top layer of Whisper White CS inside. To decorate it I adhered another Peaceful Poppies Elements in the bottom right-hand corner. Oh, yes! I used the Coastal Wave 3D Embossing Folder (ret. mini page 39) to emboss the top Pool Party CS layer on the front of my card!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle 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”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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