Tip:• Take a look at your stamps and see what “out of the box” uses some of them may have -- it will increase the versatility of your stamp collection!
• Prep cardstock surfaces prior to heat embossing, to eliminate stray embossing powder sticking due to static, or moisture/oil on the paper surface; you’ll get a much cleaner and professional embossed finish.
• Stagger the heights of images to add interest to your card design.
• 3D mounting portions of an image can also generate more interest on an otherwise simple design.
Suggested Materials: 331074 Calico Borders, ST510 You Are The Best, CL371 Essential Messages, AF146 Soft Pool Shadow Ink, AF207 Butter Bar Mid-Tone Shadow Ink, VC250 Versamark Ink, PS610 Snow Layering Paper, PS621 Sunshine Mixed Layering Paper, PW200 Embossing Gun, PW110 White Embossing Powder, EK Success Square Punch, Black Card Stock, Memento Marker in London Fog, 3D Dots, Orange Peel Stickles Glitter Glue
Video: Birthday Candles By Julie Ebersole
Julie shares the steps for creating a perfectly embossed message on her card. And along the way she finds creative new uses for her stamps!
Watch the video below for a complete how-to. (Click the fullscreen button in the lower right to see it larger.)
Here's a recap of the instructions:
Stamp diagonal border three times, staggering position, with Soft Pool Shadow Ink on White Layering Paper. Draw candle wicks with grey marker.
Stamp circular grid image with Butter Bar Mid-Tone Shadow Ink on top to resemble candle glow.
Mount to top-folding black card base, off to one side.
White emboss sentiment on black card stock; banner trim one end.
3D mount banner to card front.
Punch rain drop shapes from Mandarin Layering Paper and 3D mount atop candles.
Embellish candle flames with orange glitter glue to finish the card.