Hello papercrafting friends! It's beautiful here in the desert Southwest with spring in full bloom. I love sitting outside on my patio in the evenings and smelling the sweet honeysuckle and jasmine wafting in on the cool breeze. My trees have all bloomed and are growing leaves like crazy. So it's a perfect time to turn to Memory Box and Poppystamps, two sister companies that are known for their gorgeous flower dies and creative stamp sets. I have worked very hard to create dozens of brand new samples and a whole new display area. In addition I have a large order of brand new dies arriving any day. Here's a look at our display (be sure to click on the photo to see more detail).
Today I am going to share with you a cool technique that I taught years ago. You can use this technique with any die so look through your dies for flowers, corners or frames and give it a try. I will be using the Memory Box die Honeyblossom Sprig and will share several cards using this die at the end of the blog. Let me show you the finished card: Again, please click on the card to see the shiny detail on the die cut itself. First, I die cut the Honeyblossom Sprig from Neena 100 lb Solar White cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. When I first taught this technique I used Ranger's Distress Stains which come in a wide variety of beautiful colors. Once the die cut was colored, I placed the die on my craft sheet and pressed my Versamark ink pad all over the die cut. Then I immediately covered the die cut with clear embossing powder. I shook off the excess powder and heated it with my heat tool. At this point you can quickly dip it into the embossing powder again while it's still hot (the powder will stick to the hot embossing) and heat it again. Or you can let it cool, cover it with Versamark ink again and cover it with clear embossing powder again. In any case do it three times to get a nice shiny surface.
Warning: Work on a craft sheet or other non-stick surface because if you work on paper, the die cut will stick to the paper!
And that's it! A fun technique that gives a beautiful clear, shiny finish to any die cut. I completed the card with the Memory Box Tessatina Border down the right side of the card and a sweet sentiment from Stampendous.
Let me show you other cards I made with this die and technique.
I hope you will give this technique a try and please stop in soon and see all the Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps. I will be featuring cards using different products from these wonderful companies in my next few blogs but you can see them all right now when you stop by the store.
Remember, our huge sale is continuing. We have lots of interesting products on sale for prices of 50 cents to $4. Don't miss the bargains. Plus we have new dies and stamps from Penny Black, Impression Obsession and Lawn Fawn. I hope to see you soon.