PaperCrafting 101

Secrets of scent embossing

Dear Fellow Crafters,

If you are like me and you thought you were done with cards, think again!  Someone in your family has just thought of another person you need to make a card for ! Right now, you are thinking how can I make this experience exciting ’cause I don’t feel very motivated and certainly not creative. Well, I have good news for you. You can make a card with scented embossing powder and get in the spirit of the season really quickly…..

People love heat embossing because it adds eye-catching dimension to paper projects. You probably made lots of your holiday cards using embossing powder. Did you know that you can add a variety of fragrances by mixing ordinary kitchen ingredients with embossing powder? Some of these ingredients include: ground coffee, Kool-Aid, and cinnamon. You can use almost any fine powder that doesn’t contain sugar because sugar when heated becomes caramelized.

The instructions are really easy. Take a small container with a cap. I use small empty and clean embossing jars. Combine embossing powder (like clear) and fragrance ingredient in the container. Shake to mix. Ink your project, sprinkle your mixed powder on top and heat set. Oh and one more thing inhale the wonderful fragrance!

   Useful tips

     1. Use this technique on die cut accents, paper and wood.

     2. Store leftover mixtures in clear plastic containers. Label them so that yo can identify the mixtures again.

     3. Mix larger-granule ingredients like coffee with embossing enamel or UTEE to ensure that the mixture adheres. The fine grains slide under larger particles. Embossing enamel has granules the same size as coffee.

     4. Try heating from underneath the object so that the granules don’t blow away.

Til next time,

~Sallie

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Glitter, glitz and glamour

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Today, I thought I would talk about glitter. My husband has often told a story about finding glitter in his steak! (It was at a time before I had a stamp room). Anyway, there are several types of glitter:

  • Translucent thin and semi-clear. Use when you want the bottom color to show through.
  • Opaque – solid and bold color.
  • Low-grade chunks of glitter. Typically sold in Dollar Stores for youngsters.
  • Fine and micro fine – Remember Tinkerbell from Peter Pan? It is the type of “fairy dust” she would have sprinkled. Typically sold in small jars.
  • Spray bottles – Sold in aerosol cans and used primarily for large items. Use in well-ventilated areas. Works for clothing and silk flowers.
  • Liquid squeeze on -works well on wood or clothing. Dries very slowly. Also good for paper
  • Brush-on – water-based and comes in primary colors. Good for wood and plastic.
  • Vintage glass. Comes in very small shards. Use for Christmas ornaments.
  • Clear glitter glue dries clear, letting color shine through.
  • White glitter glue – dries white use for snow.
  • Fabric glitter glue -use for permanent application on fabric
  • Double-sided adhesive tape  – less mess and can be purchased in sheets or stripes

Several tips for using glitter:

  • Work over a shallow container
  • Use a plastic (empty) plastic squeeze bottle to blow away particles
  • For even control, use a small plastic spoon
  • Thin piece of cardstock can be used to  scrape away mistakes
  • always replace covers
  • For extra glitter mix with embossing powder

Ideas:

  • Add a touch of clear drying liquid glue, then sprinkle on your glitter of choice. Apply different colors to the section of your stamped images for a kaleidoscope effect.
  • Sprinkle into warm embossing powder to add texture
  • Apply glitter to clear acetate for a stained glass effect
  • Add glitter paper for matte cards

Til next time,

~Sallie

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PaperCrafting 101

Paper Crafting 101

Paper Crafting 101 Jan. 13th 2014
Embossing Powder
Embossing powder is a fast melting powder compound that is applied to wet pigment ink and when heated (with a heat gun) causes a raised design to appear. The powder, usually sold in small jars with lids, can be found in most craft stores. There are many web sites you can research for directions on how to emboss. My tips are:
1. Be sure to liberally apply ink to the stamp image.
2. Sprinkle embossing powder all over the design.
3. Gently tip the paper up and tap off the powder onto a scrap paper and funnel it back into the jar.
4. Use a heat gun to heat the image until it melts. Leave the image to cool.
Type of Powder:
1. Standard Embossing Powder (EP) – if you’re a beginner – use this type.
2. Detail powder – use if you have an intricate image.
3. UTEE – is a large particle type of powder that is extra thick and usually used to create jewelry.
4. Transparent _ clear is one of these types.
5. Opaque – the color of the powder dictates the final color.
6. Puffs – creates a fuzzy image or snow effect.
Colors: Vary from black, white, clear and black detail and others. Semi-transparent (use with colored paper) colors range from antique gold and silver to gold or silver pearl. Opaque and hologram create other types of looks.
One of the best sources for embossing powder is Stampendous for more information. You can reach them at http://www.stampendous.com
~Sallie

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Excerpts and links may be used provided that full and clear credit is given to Sallie and uniquelyyourscards with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. You can reach Sallie at uniquelyyourscards@outlook.com