Step 1: Gather Supplies
Words of Encouragement from Inkadinkado
I used a light green 3 1/4" x 5 1/4" folded card made of cotton paper from Woodson Creative for the card base, but you don't have to use anything fancy
White cardstock at least 3 1/4" square
Paper to mat the stamped image cut to 3" square. I used a shimmery silver piece of scrap paper (not pictured)
VersaMark watermark pad by Tsukineko (not pictured)
Pencil and eraser
Metal edged ruler
Matte clear finish spray by Krylon
Zots glue dots by Therm O Web (not pictured)
Other paper adhesive, like mounting squares or double stick tape (not pictured)
Black detail embossing powder by Stampin' Up!
White embroidery floss
Chalk and applicators by EK Success
Step 2: Outline the Stamp
Step 3: Apply Chalk
Step 4: Apply Fixative (clear Finish)
Krylon says that their sprays are safe to use indoors, and it won't affect your work surface. But you can always spray it outdoors, or at least lay your piece on some scrap paper before spraying, if you're concerned about it.
Be sure to completely cover your piece with the fixative. It may buckle the paper a bit when first applied, but once dried the paper will lie flat again. It should only take about 5 minutes or less to dry, but make sure that it is completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 5: Stamp Image
Step 6: Apply Embossing Powder
Step 7: Remove Excess Powder
If you did not apply a good coat of fixative after you chalked this piece you run the risk of having the embossing powder stick to the cardstock in errant places. You also run the same risk if you did not let the fixative dry comepletely before stamping and applying the powder.
Step 8: Return Excess Powder to Jar
Step 9: Heat the Image With Your Heat Gun
Heat gun tips:
- Do NOT use a hair dryer! There is one very big different between hair dryers and heat guns: hair dryers blow. A hair dryer will blow the embossing powder right off your paper. Heat guns, on the other hand, simply create heat, not air movement.
- Hold the gun several inches above the paper. If you hold it too close to the paper you could scorch it, leaving very unattractive brown marks all over your beautiful art work!
- Place the stamped piece on a heat resistance surface. Heat guns create a very high level of heat and can warp a work surface if you're not careful. Another option is to hold the piece in the air with a pair of tweezers (you can burn your fingers if you hold it with your hand).
- Keep the heat gun in motion at all times. You lessen the risk of scorching the paper if you don't hold it in one place too long. Heating it evenly is the goal.
Step 10: Trim Embossed Piece
Step 11: Adhere
Step 12: Add Bow
Adhere the bow to the card using the glue dots. The best way to do this is to press the center of the bow onto the glue dot, then peel it off and attach it to the card. This way you don't have to touch the glue dot with your fingers, and believe me, they are very hard to get off!
Step 13: Finished!
Heat embossing is a really fun way to add a bit of class to your cards. Using chalks to create a background for a heat embossed image is just one of it's many fun uses. Have fun creating!