Artful Crafting – Challenge 7 Heat Embossing
It seems only a few days ago we announced challenge 6 and a month flew by so fast! and to top it off more like 7 months since the journey began!
Artful Crafting is back with challenge 7 – heat embossing, a super fun theme. And what makes it more fun is the products that each of the design team members are using are different from just using an embossing ink with embossing powder :D Definitely you must visit every member’s blog and take time out and read through, lots of fun and lots to learn and get inspired.
I got to work with Ranger’s Sticky Embossing Powder and Distress Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy which was super fun and my first time using both the products, and I started straight off forgetting to even take a picture of the sealed kit.
Here they both are:
So how is the Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder different from clear embossing powder? Visually looks very much the same and adheres to embossing ink the same way too. The difference is when you heat it up, clear embossing powder melts clear and sticky embossing powder becomes sticky upon melting so you can use it as a binding agent for various things such as glitter, foil, flock, even micro beads! The possibilities are endless with what you can use it with, so much fun!
The Distress Dry Glitter in Rock Candy, is essentially clear glitter without any iridescence but it contains glitter of varying sizes in the ‘fine’ category not the chunky sort, hence ‘rock candy’.
I decided upfront that I wanted to make a card this month, havnt made many cards recently and thought ill catch up. Oh and I forgot to add, another requirement for this month was to use 3 colors in the project. I had this gorgeous printed cardstock, wood planks in a light teal and light wood color and just hadnt been able to get myself to cut it out lol so i thought ill start with that :) I wanted to keep the colors in the shades of teal, turquoise, light khaki and so decided to add lime and gold as accent colors.
Made a white 5″x 7″ side folding card base and used it in landscape orientation. I trimmed the patterned wood plank paper to be slightly smaller than the base. I had these gorgeous feather die-cuts from a die-cut swap we crafters did recently and thought to use 5 of those for the card. I inked them all up with versamark ink and and covered all of them with the sticky embossing powder. With the help of tweezers I held them while heating the powder with the heat gun. On melting the powder became sufficiently sticky (even to touch) and then i dipped each of the sticky feathers in the big jar of the clear rock candy glitter. Oh so beautiful! the glitter is so fine and because of the varying sizes it shines and sparkles beautifully! To make sure all the glitter was firmly adhered I zapped them with the heat gun again to re-melt the powder and let the glitter sink in.
Now with the gold dipped trend all over the place I decided it would be fun if I dipped the white sparkly feathers in gold. I didnt want to ink them in versamark and have gold embossing powder on them so I took the gold alcohol mixative from my last month’s kit and ‘dripped’ it on to the feather. Since the mixative is opaque and more like a coating the resulting texture because of the glitter is just right, not too grungy and still quite prominent.
When I picked the gold mixative, the pool alcohol ink caught my eye too. Since the color was a perfect match, I decided to ink up three of the feathers with the pool ink. Now alcohol ink is meant for non-porous surfaces so it can flow or it would seep in; the die-cuts were of white cardstock and I hadn’t coated it with anything to seal it either because I had not planned to be using the alcohol ink, but I decided to go ahead and see what happens. The ink dyed the glitter and became lighter as the paper soaked it up too! Do you see the possibility here? clear rock candy + any shade of alcohol ink = that shade of glitter :D This could be done in two ways, glittered piece and inks with alcohol ink, not with the felt but with the foam pad or directly dripped on the surface from the bottle or you could add some glitter in a clear zip lock add a few drops of ink and mix it up and let it dry to make a small batch of that colored glitter. You’re only limited with the color of alcohol inks you have! :D
I arranged the feathers in a clump to an arrangement that seemed to work for me and added them to a circle die-cut with a stitched edge using lime cardstock. Added a square piece of burlap cardstock at an angle behind the circle to add to the texture and adhered it to the printed cardstock panel. I stamped the sentiment from unity stamps feather flight ‘Imagine.dream.fly.’ in versamark ink on to white cardstock and embossed it in gold embossing powder. The sentiment worked perfectly with the feather die-cuts. I cut it into a banner and colored it with the pool alcohol ink to match the three feathers. I tucked it in between the lime circle and the burlap piece.
The base seemed to stark white with the front panel so I gave it a gold edge using a gold marker and adhered the front panel onto it with a foam backing to give it some dimension. Added finishing touches with a gold thread bow and some gold foil hexagon chipboard stickers to match.
Here’s the full card:
Hope you all liked it and this and the other design team projects inspire you all to do lots of heat embossing and participate in this month’s challenge. The last challenge only saw two entries which was a bit unexpected but none-the-less the two entries were superb and made up for it. Thank you for participating and hope to see many more entries this month.
But before I close out, I owe you all an apology for not uploading a video of the previous alcohol ink project, as I promised I would but have been so caught up lately with work that couldn’t actually find the time to get down to it :( Hopefully I’ll be coming up with the video for this card pretty soon too and will catch up on the previous one as well and not only that but will be blogging every week from now on :D Lots of fun projects and tutorials coming up…
– Alcohol Ink Pool
– Alcohol Ink Gold Metallic Mixative
– Patterned Cardstock
– Versamark Ink
– Gold embossing powder
– Heat Gun
– Burlap Cardstock
– Gold thread
– Heidi Swapp Foil stickers
– SSS stitched circle dies
– Feather die
– Unity Stamps Feather Flight