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Birthday Balloons with Iron-Off Technique

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BalloonHi everyone!

I’m back with another card featuring the use of heat embossing. As I’ve been taking on the HeatWave class over at OnlineCardClasses and have been enjoying breaking out these powders for some fun takes on cards. For this

For this card, I wanted to use the iron-off technique as an alternative method in masking off my stamping. I first stamped the images I wanted to be in the foreground and then added a clear embossing over them. Then, I continued stamping my image being sure to overlap the embossed images. Since the embossing powder is sleek it resists ink and therefore made the second set of stamped images look like they are behind the first. To remove ink off of the clear embossed images I simply used a baby wipe and cleaned off as much ink as I could.

To iron-off the embossing powder, I sandwiched my project between a towel and a piece of paper. As I ironed over my project the embossing powder melts itself again and sticks to the scrap paper rather and removes itself entirely from the project. This leaves just the stamping and vibrant colors to show.

I love this technique in that it is an easy method at masking and is pretty precise at it as well. To finish the project off I added some detailed stamping and trimmed down my stamped piece.

Here’s a look at how the entire project came together.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Feel free to leave any questions or comments on projects you would like to see in the future!

It’s a Good Day – Velveteen Stamping

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CS4_participantHi all,

I am LOVING this online class and have another project to share using a technique called velveteen stamping. It’s a type of double stamping where you stamp a solid background image ( I used white on white for my card) and then stamp directly on top of that using a pigment ink (I used floral stamps and Hero Arts Shadow Ink). I am fascinated by this technique and love the concept of a textured stamped image.

Here’s how my first attempts at this technique turned out. You can see the technique predominantly in the butterfly & larger floral pedals.

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Valentine’s Day Mini’s – Hearts & Twine

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Hi all,

I’m back from a long weekend away and wanted to get back right into the groove of things and post up some Valentine’s Day card ideas for those of you looking to create (or buy) something simple. I’ve created these cards that I will post up on Etsy! I debated if I wanted to  make something colorful and thought it would be a nice change to simplify some cards down a bit. Nowadays, it seems that cards are so colorful and bright and over-the-top. Sometimes, it’s a nice change to mute things down a bit.

There are 4 different designs (3 featured here in the picture) with window cut outs for the image and the sentiment. Inside there is a “to” and “from” section for a quick note.

The cards measure approximately 2.5″ x 2.25″ and the windows were cut out using my silhouette cutting machine. The machine is such a great accessory for quick easy to duplicate cards.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.

Distress Ink & Paper Piecing Bridal Card

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Hi all,

Welcome back! I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer.

For today’s card I wanted to try using an alphabet stamp set to create my sentiment. I’m one that almost always chooses to use a sentiment that’s ready to go. I don’t mess around with my stamps by splitting them apart, I like things already assembled and ready to go for me. So as you may guess, this card in particular took quite some time to conceptualize. However, once I had an idea of what I wanted, it came together pretty quickly. I knew I wanted to use the scooter element in a whimsical way, and the rest of the card just fell into place immediately after I had the element figured out.

Here’s the how-to on the card:

Here’s a look at the finished card.

HereComesTheBride

Supplies

Cardstock: Neenah Desert Storm & Cosmo Cricket – Sweet Disposition Collection

Die-Cuts: Cosmo Cricket – Sweet Disposition collection

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo

Watercolor Paper: Ranger Watercolor

Stamps: American Crafts Ginger

Stamp Ink: Versafine Onyx Black