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Step 13: Stamping and Cutting Out the Arch Element

  It looks beautiful already, but now it's time to make it really special. Stamp the arch element on card stock for extra thickness. On my first box, I used a bunch of index cards that I saved from the trash. In the artwork, you will see that I have printed out each side with most of the arches put together. The printed arches are your map or guide, because you need the fresh stamped image on card stock to have the full effect. Optional: If you want to emboss the lines, now is when you do it. For embossing, quickly and gently sprinkle powder on the wet ink, tap the card stock a few times on the side, and then tap all the loose powder onto a piece of paper. After your paper is covered with images, use the heat gun until you see the powder melt. TIPS:   Ink each stamping fresh for a crisp, clear image, and stamp a few times on scrap paper until the rubber is fully inked. It does not ink fully when first used dry. Handle your paper with clean hands or the embossing powder will stick even to your fingerprints.
Beautiful!&nbsp;I&nbsp;also love the crack finish. This would be cool to make a bird house out of =) Great job very clear instructions!<br /> <br />
Crackle not crack <br /> My bad &gt;.&lt;<br /> <br />
Thank you for that idea. You know I was also thinking of a bat house, because they like the close fit, but the lid would have to be attached against the wind. I&nbsp;have been trying to find out if they texture the inside walls of bat houses. A board on the bottom inside, glued down, plus a new little hole on the front! I&nbsp;read an article that many places are making their bird house entries smaller so that cowbirds can't get in them--they lay eggs in other bird's nests like the cuckoo and are enjoying a population explosion. I&nbsp;am going to make sure and tell the carpenters about any multi-use Idea, and think up a decoupage for a bird house--which could be sealed with outdoor epoxy. Great idea!<br />
Thanks!&nbsp;Ya&nbsp;I heard about that too. This is my new account =) (so same person)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cheers,<br /> Meheh<br />
Wow, great project, I love the crackle finish.<br />
Thanks! I&nbsp;only wish manufacturer's would stop messing with crackle kits. The best one on the market, Anita's, went out of business!&nbsp; It was all the rage, and then suddenly no longer &quot;cool.&quot;&nbsp; <br />

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