The Crafty Collaborations Team is comprised of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world. Each month we participate in several collaborative projects, including Blog Hops, like this one to inspire all of us in our passion for crafting. Our goal is to create, share, and inspire every crafter to keep our creative energy flowing.
Today’s blog hop is all about heat embossing! Lucky for me because heat embossing is absolutely one of my favorite techniques. I used to think it was too much work, but it really isn’t. The effect is so worth the time!
To create this Embossed Layered Leaves Card I layered both embossing and ink blending. I started with a piece of Basic White paper cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ and stamped several large sprays of leaves from the Forever Ferns stamp set with Versamark ink. Then I covered them with clear embossing powder, tapped off the extra, and melted the powder with my heat gun.
Next, we layer ink. I used my blending brush to cover the Basic White with Bumblebee ink. I applied it to the entire piece- including right over the embossed leaves. When I had the coverage I desired, I wiped the ink off the embossed leaves with a dry paper towel.
THEN WAIT FOR THE INK TO DRY! Do not try to do the 2nd layer of embossing with the ink still wet. You will make a MESS. Ask me how I know!
When the blended ink is dry, stamp a different leaf stamp on your paper with Versamark ink. Be sure to rotate the stamp and even stamp some images off of the paper. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, tap off the excess, and melt with the heat gun.
Next, apply Merry Merlot ink with a blending brush over the entire piece of card stock. It’s up to you if you want even coverage or a more varied color as I have done. Again, use your paper towel to wipe the ink off the embossed leaves.
The last layer is just stamping. Using Early Espresso ink, stamp several more leaves around the card stock. Overlap the embossed leaves if you’d like. When done, again wipe the embossed leaves clean.
Using Early Espresso ink, stamp Happy Birthday from the Shaded Summer stamp set on a scrap of Basic White. Die cut with the second smallest Stitched So Sweetly die.
Adhere your embossed piece to an Early Espresso Card mat cut 5 1/4″ x 4″. Then wrap a 20″ piece of Crinkled white seam binding around these two layers and tie in a bow.
Adhere the layers to the Bumblebee card base cut 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.
Adhere a piece of Basic White cut 5 1/4″ x 4″ to the inside and stamp a leaf or two with Early Espresso ink in the lower left hand corner. You have completed your Embossed Layered Leaves card!
You can see all the products used to make this card at the end of this post. Click on any thumbnail for more information or to purchase.
Don’t forget to check out what the other Crafty Collaborators have created with Heat Embossing! You’re sure to see something new!
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