I hope you’ve enjoyed a relaxing weekend. I watched some videos on YouTube yesterday and there were a couple of ideas I just had to share with you. Whilst I’m happy with the design of my card, I haven’t finished it off! I really don’t know how I managed it, but I have a very obvious black mark on the inside back of my card which goes right through to the back. It looks as if it has been resting on an open black pen but I haven’t used one all day. The only black I have used is Tuxedo Black Memento Ink but I don’t understand how I achieved this mark.
And even more frustrating, I can’t think of a way to cover it up or disguise it! Do you have any suggestions? Fortunately, by the time I saw the damage I had already completed as much as I needed to so I could share the two techniques with you. Until I decide how to rescue my card, I don’t want to add anything more if it’s going to be wasted!
Let’s talk techniques! The first one may not show up in the photographs – it does for me but that’s because I know it’s there! I wish you could see it in real life! I cut a top layer of Coastal Cabana and embossed it using the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder. Next using one of our Daubers together with our Whisper White Craft Ink I went over all the raised areas on the layer of cardstock!
The little embossed flowers really pop on the cardstock once they have been highlighted with White Ink! The first layer I did I was far too heavy-handed with it and it just looked as if I had sponged the whole layer with White Craft Ink. My second layer looks heaps better because I kept the white ink on the embossed flowers and not the lower unembossed area. Can you see what I mean when you look at the photographs?
The second technique refers to adhering Vellum to cardstock without having any glue showing through. I heat embossed the BIRTHDAYS ARE THE BEST DAYS sentiment, which is from the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set, using White Embossing Powder on our fabulous Vellum Cardstock! I cut a strip that measured 1¾” and two inches wider than my top layer.
Needless to say, I used my Stamparatus to stamp on my Vellum. This really was a good idea because I had to go back and do it a second time. This was necessary because when I scored on the Vellum where I needed to fold, I forgot that I should be careful when scoring on vellum and cut straight through!
I was successful with my second attempt because I folded the ends round! The ends were adhered at the back using Fast Fuse – I still have some refills in my stash – and then I adhered the two layers on my Coastal Cabana card base using Tombow. I stamped, painted and die-cut three of the smallest peonies from the Prized Peony Stamp Set.This was when I’d used the Black Memento Ink! I coloured the peonies using Just Jade and Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends. I put some Tombow under the Vellum where I was going to adhere the peonies so I knew Tombow wouldn’t be seen! It’s such a shame about the black mark because they are two great techniques I’ve shared with you and I was happy with the design of my card!
I will include both ideas in the future sometime because they are both well worth knowing about! Please see the last two photographs which show the extent of the black marks I told you about! If you do have any suggestions on how I can disguise them I’d love to hear. Alternatively, my plan is to cut the back off and adhere the front onto a larger card base!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. 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”
Products used for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for JULY 2020 is 3SYQSWFB. Thank you. xx