Friday, 11 December 2009

Clean and simple... but a bit tricky

So... even demonstrators who have been placing orders for two years make mistakes sometimes. Which is how I ended up with these Whisper White card blanks when I meant to order just the envelopes. I could have returned them but I thought I’d have a go at some one layer cards.

I saw this idea in Blogland and I’m really sorry to say I cannot remember on whose blog it appeared so if anyone knows, please shout out and I’ll give credit where it’s due. But the idea is to make your own dry embossing template using scrap cardstock such as cereal packet. You cut it to exactly the same size as your card front and then cut out a shape – in this case, a rectangle. Lay your card front over the top of the template and, using an embossing stylus, press all the way round to create an embossed rectangle. The blog I was reading said a light box wasn’t necessary but it’s so blooming dark in this house that I felt the need to make my own, using a clear-ish plastic box containing a torch!

Next I used the template again as a mask and sponged chalk around the raised rectangle, leaving a white area in the centre. I coloured the scarf and mittens using a marker and stamped the greeting. Simple to look at but not particularly quick to produce! Still, you can’t have everything, can you?

Stamps: A Tree For All Seasons, A Bit of Birthday Cheer
Cardstock: A5 Greeting Cards
Ink: Real Red, Basic Grey
Accessories: Real Red, Creamy Caramel markers, Stampin’ Pastels, sponge dauber

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  1. It may take a while to make, but it was well worth it, lovely and not such a bad mistake after all
    Hugs Sarah-Jane xx

  2. Stunning! You know how I love snowmen. I don't care how long I have to wait, please make me one? Please? Pretty please? CC

  3. love this! am casing it for mine!

  4. So classy that. You are a true artist.
    I love embossing cards and bought a light box from Craft Central in the UK some 5 years ago. It is such fun. I also read somewhere that a window in a bright room could be used incase one does not possess a light box.
    Or two equal stacks of books with a torch kept in between.
    The torch needs to be facing upwards and a flat glass top could be placed on the stack of books. The light from the torch and the glass top acts like a light box.


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