Questions about embossing powder, envelopes, and clear stamps

I asked for questions about crafting…any questions.  You responded.

Becky Bitting asked:

Make my own envelopes or purchase them?

Make my own envelopes or purchase them?

Sophie’s Choice asked:

HELP!  Embossing powders.

HELP! Embossing powders.

Karen Woolsey asked:

Clear stamp storage

Clear stamp storage

I had a couple birds help me with today’s video.  Thank you, Maureen Criss Mathis, for the long ago gift of the birds.  😀

Becky Bitting asked if I made my own envelopes.  My answer, in the video, is not really but I do.  I have the WeRMemory Keepers Envelope Punch board.  I have used it to make envelopes and the gift tote, for the 3 x 3 note cards I have been giving out to the medical staff helping me through my breast cancer.

Envelope punch board

Envelope punch board

Note cards with tote

Note cards with tote

Sophie’s Choice asked me about embossing powders.  She is considering these products to be her next purchase and wanted some advice.

Black embossing powder

Black embossing powder

My stash of embossing powders

My stash of embossing powders

Karen Woolsey asked me about my clear stamp storage.  There are a MILLION videos (well….that might be a slight exaggeration) on YouTube featuring various ways to store clear stamps.  Well, let’s just say that my method is not so original.

Clear stamp storage

Clear stamp storage

I don’t have many stamp sets.  Why, you may ask?  I am a terrible, horrible, absolutely worst ever stamper and I don’t enjoy the process.

While I was clearing out old files on my computer I found a photo you might be interested in seeing.  My craft room November 2003.  13 years ago next month.

November 2003

November 2003

September 2016

September 2016

Here is today’s video 😀

Freak Show! Crazy flower from fake leaves.

Crazy flower made from fake flower leaves

Crazy flower made from fake flower leaves

My last video tutorial in the series of “Heat Embossing Techniques” features using the leaves from fake flower bouquets.  I have created a flower that, most likely, is NOT “Mother Nature” approved.  😀

A freaky hybridized flower that no botanist would even consider a worthy species to replicate.

Species?  I’m not even sure what the classification would be for flowers.  Maybe genus?

Whatever the technical name for a flower classification is, I’m positive my featured flower would not be in any of either classification.  😀

Hey, I’m trying to show how you can repurpose things that would normally be tossed in the trash.  “Use what you have”.

I used VersaMark Embossing Ink on the green leaves and on some of the red leaves.  To get things moving along quicker, I used Glycerine painted on with a brush for a large portion of the red leaves.

Putting the thing together was accomplished with my most HATED tool in my craft room.  The Hot Glue Gun.  I HATE that thing!  Burns, hot glue strings like spider webs, blobs of glue dripping out everywhere.  That tool, I just don’t see why so many people use that confounded contraption in their craft spaces.  :/

You have about 20 minutes?  You can watch the video below on how I created this Freak Show.

Leslie

Final Episode: Heat Embossing Techniques

At the request of one of my YouTube subscribers for information about heat embossing, I have created several videos on this subject.  Seems like nearly a bazillion of them 😀

When a person does a search on YouTube for heat embossing the resultant videos all show how to use rubber stamps with heat embossing powder.  Not every crafter has a stash of rubber stamps, more especially those that are just getting into this craft.

Give them six months to a year and their crafting space will look almost as bad as mine does.

This week’s set of four technique videos are all about embellishments.  Brads, plastic clear faceted items, chipboard die cuts with pre-printed sentiments and coloring, raw chipboard die cuts just waiting to be dressed up spiffily, and I even go so far as to do injustice to Mother Nature and create a hybrid flower from the plethora of leaves left on a silk flower bouquet after I’ve snipped nearly all the flowers off.

Next Wednesday a new series will begin.  What it will be about….I’m working on that one 😀

Leslie

Heat embossing with stencils and templates.

I will have six videos up on my YouTube channel today.  Yes, I said 6!

In my small attempt at getting others to look into the depths of their hoard of paper, tools, and products I dug through my stash of brass, plastic, and decorative stencils.  Over the years I have accumulated quite a number of items that have been shoved into the deep dark cupboards in my craft room.

Each stencil I use in this quasi-educational series was, once upon a time, chosen because of its supreme beauty.

Being the type of person that I am….having the attention span of a gnat….the spell wore off shortly after I got that most prized piece home.  Doubts and fears overcame my adventurous side.  What am I ever going to do with THAT?  The end result was nearly forever darkness.

Time to do a “Haul”.  Get in my cupboards, bins, boxes, and drawers and “Haul” out all of my stencils and templates.  In my zeal to be a good teacher and inspiration I did a few things that will become a “cautionary tale” of what NOT TO DO and if you DID DO IT then what the remedy is.

I have a, newly acquired, brass butterfly stencil that I nearly ruined by my genius.  I thought it would be prudent to tape the stencil on a piece of paper and use several colors of embossing powder at one go.  Uhm, err, ahem….DON’T DO IT.  And if YOU DO here is what to do when you have a massive fail.

Rubbing Alcohol, or Surgical Spirits for those of you in Europe, is your friend.

Rubbing Alcohol or Surgical Sprits is your friend

Rubbing Alcohol or Surgical Spirits is your friend

Place the stencil in a vessel of your choosing.  Cover the botched beauty with rubbing alcohol or surgical spirits and leave to soak for 24 hours.  Trust me….this will do wonders to your stencil and your spirits.

The paper I had the stencil attached to did not release when I pried it up off the paper.  It was stuck on there good and tight.

Paper stuck on the back of the stencil

Paper stuck on the back of the stencil

After soaking for 24 hours in the rubbing alcohol, the paper easily came away from the brass.  No scrubbing, no digging, no damage to the stencil.

After a 24  hour soak the paper released easily

After a 24 hour soak the paper released easily

You can see the entire fail in this photo.  You will also see that the stencil was not damaged.

The mighty fail

The mighty fail

The heated embossing powder comes loose with a bit of scratching with your finger nail.  No other tools required to remove the stuck on mess.

Just like new

Just like new

 

To get you started….here is my “Haul” video 😀

Leslie

 

How to alter chipboard with embossing powder.

I don’t think it is too late to get on the Tim Holtz band wagon and begin making tags.  I’ve never made these.  So it is time to venture into the unknown.  Below is a photo of Tim’s January 2013 tag and the one I created for my granddaughter.  Similar but not quite.

Tim Holtz January 2013 tag

Tim Holtz January 2013 tag

I will be using three gears from the Maya Road chipboard collection and one bracket from some other chipboard elements I have found in my stash.  The Maya Road pieces were bought from a yard sale a couple years ago.  Time to get them used!

 

Maya Road chipboard pieces

Maya Road chipboard pieces

The embossing powders I will be using are:

  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Black
  • Ranger Super Find Detail Gold
  • Ochre Tapestry by Personal Stamp Exchange (no longer available)
  • Turquoise Tapestry by Personal Stamp Exchange (no longer available)
Embossing powders

Embossing powders

One at a time, coat one side of the chipboard pieces in embossing ink.  I am using Rubber Stampede tinted embossing ink for this step.  Get the chipboard piece coated well with the ink.

Ink the chipboard

Ink the chipboard

Do all of your pieces with the black embossing powder first.  Dip and heat them.

Dip, or sprinkle, the inked chipboard with embossing powder

Dip, or sprinkle, the inked chipboard with embossing powder

Heat until shiny

Heat until shiny

Moving on to the next color of embossing powder.  Press the chipboard into the embossing ink anywhere  you want the newest addition of powder to be applied.  Sprinkle or dip the piece in the second color and heat set.

A bit here on this one

A bit here on this one

A bit there on that one

A bit there on that one

When you are satisfied with the color disbursement you can move on to the next color.  You will follow the same steps.  Dip the chipboard piece in the embossing ink where you like.  Sprinkle or dip the piece in the powder.  Then heat set the pieces.

 

Apply the third color

Apply the third color

Heat set

Heat set

The last application will be the gold embossing powder.  This time you will nearly cover the entire surface with the gold embossing powder.

Nearly cover the entire surface with embossing powder

Nearly cover the entire surface with embossing powder

When you are finished you will have a metallic like look to your chipboard pieces.  Some of the yellow will peek out, the turquoise will come through, the black will be seen, and the gold will kick it off nicely.

Heat embossed chipboard gears

Heat embossed chipboard gears

Hope you found this helpful.  Now go on and “Show someone how special they are”.  Thought I should be using my tag line a bit more.

Leslie

 

 

 

Four more cards today.

This is the last card in the set of four I began yesterday.  I thought this one would be a good one for the lone Martha Stewart lacy doily punch I have.

Martha Stewart punch

Martha Stewart punch

I’ve used Stampin’ Up!’s white craft ink on the stamp from the set used yesterday, along with some not quite white embossing powder that I’ve had for years and years.

White craft ink

White craft ink

White Pearls embossing powder

White Pearls embossing powder

Here is the finished card.

Finished card

Finished card

The greeting is the same one I used yesterday and will continue to use on the next eight cards.

This is the scrap I have left over from two (2) sheets of 12 x 12 and two (2) sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 card stocks.

Leftover scrap pieces

Leftover scrap pieces

Now on to the Lavender and Cream card stock I cut up yesterday.  If you remember I said the reverse side of the cream was a brown print.

Card #5

Card #5

On Card #5 I used a bit of scrap design paper and some ribbon.  I also spritzed the design paper with some Elegant Eggplant spritz I have made.  I also used Spellbinders Labels Six on white card stock for the sentiment and a piece of scrap lavender paper for the mat.

Card #6 is just a little bit smaller than the other cards which measure 5″ x 7″.  This card measures 5″ x 3-1/2″.

Card #6

Card #6

My final card for today is another 5″ x 7″ and it is just short of being plain.  I used some of my Stampin’ Up! Cajun Craze spritz on the brown patterned paper to add a touch of shimmer.  The sentiment and its mat are all that lives in the center of the card.  I’ve used my grid ruler around the outer edge and drew a black line 1/4″ from all edges using a marker.

Card #7

Card #7

As you can see for yourself, it is not necessary to have a bunch of rubber stamps to make cards look different.  All you need is a little bit of imagination.

I’m only using two stamp sets.  One stamp from the wood mount set and different pieces from the unmounted set.

Wood mount stamp set

Wood mount stamp set

Unmounted stamp set

Unmounted stamp set

I am hoping to get the rest of these card finished in the next couple days.  Tuesday it is back to work for me.  Paperwork in the  mornings and crafting in the afternoon.

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend.

Leslie

Club Scrap’s Assembly Line Cardmaking Idea Deck.

Card making is not my forte.  This is something that I struggle with all the time.  You want to talk about “Writer’s Block”?  I get it every time I think to make a card and begin looking at my papers.

Another crazy problem I have is scrap paper.  It drives me absolutely bonkers when I have half sheets of card stock left over having used only a portion of an entire piece.  To my loopy head, card making means waste.

Several years ago I purchased Club Scrap’s Assembly Line Cardmaking Idea Deck after it first came out.  When you consider the cost of the item, after looking at their site, you will probably click yourself right out of their website.

The Cardmaking Idea Deck is fashioned after a deck of playing cards.  There are 52 cards.  Each card has a sketch on the front of what the finished cards will look like.  On the reverse are the cutting directions.  The skill levels are noted on the Idea Card by the use of stars.  One star is easy, two stars are a little bit more complicated, three stars the complication factor goes up a notch, and four stars will challenge you.

Club Scrap's Cardmaking Idea Deck

Club Scrap’s Cardmaking Idea Deck

I have chosen three (3) Idea Cards from the deck to make a total of 12 cards.  Six (6) sheets of 12 x 12 card stock and two (2) sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock will be used in total.

For one card set I have chosen two 12 x 12 pieces of card stock in a rich brown and a turquoise.  The brown card stock is a light cocoa on the reverse with a darker brown and a print on the front.  By the way, all of the card stock I’m using on these cards is from Club Scrap.  Stuff I’ve had for several years and it is high time that I use it up.

Dark brown and turquoise

Dark brown and turquoise

Once all the cuts are made – following the directions on the reverse of the Idea Card – I will have four (4) cards with an assortment of pieces to use on each card.

Four (4) cards with pieces to be used as suggested

Four (4) cards with pieces to be used as suggested

The next Idea Card will also use two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock.  I have chosen a lavender and a cream.  Now the cream piece is the reverse of a light brown print.  I can used either side of the brown on the cards.

Lavender and cream

Lavender and cream

Four (4) cards and pieces to be used as suggested.  In the photo below you will see the light brown print that is the reverse of the cream card stock.

Four (4) cards with pieces to use as suggested

Four (4) cards with pieces to use as suggested

The last Idea Card calls for two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock and two (2) pieces of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.  Both the bright yellow and the deep blue have prints on the reverse side.  The yellow piece has a print and a resin type coating over the print.

Idea Card using two 12 x 12 and two 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of card stock

Idea Card using two 12 x 12 and two 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of card stock

This Idea Card creates four card bases.  You can see in the photo the print on the yellow paper.  There is a raised and embossed print on the darker blue as well.

Four card bases and pieces to be used on the card fronts

Four card bases and pieces to be used on the card fronts

The sketch suggestions shown on the front of the Idea Card are there to show you how they used the cuts of paper.  You are free to use their sketch ideas or wing it.

Use the sketches to mount the cut pieces or not

Use the sketches to mount the cut pieces or not

The other products I will be using to make these cards will all come from my stash of scrap papers, a 2004 Stampin’ Up! stamp set purchased by my neighbor from a yard sale which I bought from him :D, an unmounted rubber stamp set from Stampin’ Up! from last year or the year before (I don’t know if it is still available), and some knock off mica water colors (knock offs of Twinkling H2O’s).

2004 Stampin' Up! stamp set from a yard sale

2004 Stampin’ Up! stamp set from a yard sale

2010 or 2011 Stampin' Up! stamp set

2010 or 2011 Stampin’ Up! stamp set

Knock off mica water colors

Knock off mica water colors

Using the 2010 or 2011 Stampin’ Up! stamp set, a Spellbinder Scalloped Square die, gold embossing powder, and green glitter glue I have created this Thank You card.

Thank You card #1

Thank You card #1

Once again, using the 2010 or 2011 Stampin’ Up! stamp set I have made another Thank You card.  I’ve colored the flowers using the Knock Off mica water colors, and I dug around in my embosslets to find the butterfly embossing die from Stampin’ Up! – this is several years old and I don’t know if it is still available.  I’ve also used a Spellbinders fancy die “Labels Six” and some black brads from my stash.

Thank You card #2

Thank You card #2

This next card is one I finished today.  It is supposed to be a masculine card.  I’ve used the very same sentiment stamp but separated the “Thank You” from the sentiment.  This is the “yard sale” stamp set.  I’ve also used a Spellbinders “Curved Rectangle” die on the top part of the sentiment and a label punch from Stampin’ Up! for the “Thank You” part.  I’ve used a Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder (“Gears”) and three of the Tim Holtz gear thingys along with some black brads from my stash.

Thank You card #3

Thank You card #3

I have one more to finish from this one Idea Card using the four (4) sheets of card stock.  I’ll be working on that one tomorrow.

When I’m finished I will show you my left over scrap pieces from the cut card stock.  Maybe on the next set I will use the sketches that accompany the Idea Card instead of winging it 😀

These turned out pretty good and I would not be embarrassed to give any of these three cards to someone.  I just need more practice at making cards….and using things from my stash 😀

Hope you all will have time this weekend to get crafty.

Leslie

 

 

 

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