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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stamp with your Embossing Folders

Sometimes I just can't find the colors in my patterned paper I want, or I am not happy with any patterns.  So I am always looking for a way to create my own backgrounds.  I have a ton of embossing folders, so I searched the internet for other techniques.  Here is one I found that I thought would be perfect, I have tons of embossing folders. So I did not create this technique, I don't even know who did, but there are tons of videos out there showing how to do this.


I am featuring "Unicorn Digi Stamp Set" from the Bugaboo Store.  First off, I used two of the png images to create my image.  The sentiment I created on my own with my own fonts.  I use Sure Cuts A Lot, but there are several tools that you can do this with, you will need to get to those special characters included with the fonts.  This font is "Lovely You" (free from Font Bundles) and "Georgia".

I actually stamped my image twice.  First with Versamark, then heat embossing, second with ink.  Do it however you like and make it your own.

Let's get to the instructions.  The following is a list of the tools needed, I have links to some products on Amazon (not always the best price), but you can get them anywhere and are not exactly the tools I used.


1.  Piece of card stock about 5" x 6 "
2.  Tim Holtz Distress inks of your choice (my preference, but any ink pad will do)
3. Embossing folder of your choice
4. Large acrylic stamping block (optional)
5.  Clear embossing powder 
6.  Heat gun 
7.  Versamark Ink
8.  Embossing powder tool
9.  Masking or painters tape (Dollar Tree)
10.  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Blending Tool
11.  Crafting Mat ( I use these for ironing on HTV too)
12.  Paper Towel

Directions:

Prepare your card stock for heat embossing powder before you stamp.  I used the EK Tools embossing powder tool, but there are several alternatives out there.  A real inexpensive alternative is some type of powder (Talc or baby powder) tied inside a baby sock, or any small sock you have.  This is an important step, it removes the static cling on the card stock, and helps prevent the embossing powder from sticking to areas that aren't inked.

Now open your embossing folder, and place the paper on the side you are not going to ink.  Tape it in place.  You will trim it down when it is finished.

Ink up the embossing folder, make sure to get a good coverage.   I dab the ink pad directly to the embossing folder.  I chose to ink the side that the outline was raised, I tried the other side and didn't really care for the results.


Now close the folder, and using the acrylic block or your hand, press the image onto the paper.

Be careful not to move the paper around.

Using good pressure with the heel of your hand, press all over to be sure the image is transferred.

Tip: If you use a brayer without the acrylic block, you will also get a slight impression in the card stock.


Remove the card stock from the folder and cover it with your embossing powder (I used a clear, but if you wanted you could use a color.)

Once you get a good coverage, tap the back to remove excess embossing powder.

Now using the heat tool, melt your embossing powder.  You can see the embossing powder start to shine as the  embossing powder melts.

Once it is completely melted and cool, (be sure it is dry) you are ready to ink.





Place the card stock on your craft mat and tape in place, using the same tape you had on the folder.

Now blend the inks in,  after each color wipe it with a paper towel to remove it from the stamped image.


Now you can leave it like this, stamp it again with a color.  I chose to use black to help bring out the colors.



And by all means, skip the embossing part and just blend your inks on a piece of card stock and just stamp the image with any color ink.

I have used this technique with stamps, which gives a much better stamped image.  I have so many embossing folders with lovely backgrounds I thought I would give this a try.  I actually did this once with a stripe on black card stock to cut out a pin stripe tuxedo for a wedding card.

So pull out those embossing folders and start creating some new patterned papers.

Challenges:

You only have a few days left for the Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.  So hurry and get your stamps for the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Santa Clause is Coming to town

It's Tuesday and time for a new release at the Bugaboo Store.   This great image is available for 50% off, and off course this month all images are 50% off, see link below.





Challenges:

Don't forget only 1 week left for the Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!





Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas In July - Freebie Friday

TGIF! It's Friday and that means "Freebie Friday" at the Bugaboo Store.  Today is the last day of the Christmas Celebration, but you still have time to enter, so jump on over to  Catch the Bug challenge blog, and get your entries in.  

Today's challenge is to create a project with the FF image and use a recipe (black, white or kraft and a pop of color with sparkle).  


I used glitter tape in red glitter to add my pop of color and sparkle.  

Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July - OBG with Photo Inspiration

It's Thursday and time for an Oldie but Goodie (OBG), I chose "Christmas Troll" from the Bugaboo Store.  Today's challenge is a photo inspiration.


I found this great flourish Xmas tree in DS, so I cut it out using a silver foil, then I added pink rhinestones for the ornaments.  The sentiment was created using Sure Cuts a Lot 4, I saved it as a png image and then uploaded it to DS.  I then added to my card front and used PTC to cut it out.  I foiled it in silver with my Minc.

The Christmas in July Celebration at Catch the Bug challenge blog, is going all week, join the fun.

Challenges:
CHNC Challenge Extra for July - Christmas 
Audsentiments challenge #184 - Christmas in July
Cut it Up: Challenge #126 - Christmas in July
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Christmas in July

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July - Photo Inspiration

It's Wednesday and today's challenge a photo challenge.  I am featuring "Christmas Troll" from the Bugaboo Store.  The Christmas Celebration at Catch the Bug challenge blog, is going all week, join the fun. 


I found a Christmas tree image in DS that I liked and cut it out in silver foil paper.  It reminds me of the silver trees of my youth.  If you are a senior, you certainly remember those trees, maybe even had one.  I am glad to say we never did, my Mom preferred real trees, but my aunt put her silver tree up every year.

Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!






Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas in July - New Release Bingo

It's Tuesday and it's time for a new release at the Bugaboo Store.  Today's challenge is Bingo with the new release image.  The Christmas in July Celebration at Catch the Bug challenge blog, is going all week, join the fun.

My Bingo was column 1 (sparkly, image and embossing).  I cut my fireplace out with a light gray yardstick and embossed my brick folder by Darice.  I then blended the color with  Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, a touch of Orange Marmalade and Hickory Smoke, with a dab of Old Paper here and there.

The image whole fireplace was created using the slice and weld features in DS.  I found a mantle piece as part of the subscription with the candles.  I did some modifying on that too.

My mantle is cut from white, embossed with a wood grain and shaded and blended with Old Paper, Gathered Twigs, and Espresso.

I used Nuvo Glitter Drops in gold on the flame, I just pulled the dot to a point at the top to look like a flame.  My berries are sequins.

Challenges:
CHNC Challenge Extra for July - Christmas 
MFT Sketch Challenge #341

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!






Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas in July - ABC

It's Monday and today's challenge is Anything But a Card (ABC), with a twist, non-traditional christmas colors.   I am featuring "Christmas Trio Blocks" from the Bugaboo Store.  Be sure to check out the Christmas Celebration at Catch the Bug challenge blog, you still have time to enter.


I cut out a chevron pattern with Cricut gold adhesive back foil.  I used my Wink of Stella in gold for my scarf.  I chose black and gold, which is very popular here for our football team  

Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!