Thanks- Heat Embossing Stamp; Watercolor
Hello, everyone! It’s Cassie here. Today marks my very first post as a design team member and I’m so pumped to be joining this team! I love the products Melissa has, and I can’t wait to show you the creations I come up with using them. Today I’ve got a card that I made using a combination of two sets. Especially this time of year, I’m in constant need of a thank you card, and this one is pretty sweet. Let’s take a look:
This was actually a pretty simple card to make, even though it looks so detailed. To start I cut a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I stamped the floral border from the Zen Floral stamp set a little less than half way down the card horizontally. I used my VersaMark Onxy Black ink for this, because I wanted to use clear embossing powder over it to heat emboss the image. I love the way this looks, but it also makes painting the flowers a lot easier due to the barriers it creates. It really cuts down on accidentally mixing colors!
You can see here the fun shine it brings to the outline. I stamped the same image facing the opposite direction about 3 inches lower and did the same heat embossing technique. I did this because I knew I was going to have a strip of paper in the middle with my sentiment, and I wanted it to look like the flowers were growing behind the strip as well.
Next I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color in the flowers and background. I love the way you can add so much color to these flowers using these markers. It makes it easy to blend colors together and hide mistakes you may make. How I went about coloring them was I drew a little bit of color on the desired image and took a slightly wet paint brush to it to make the color move. These are very forgiving markers and give a great look.
Next I cut a strip of Bristol Smooth cardstock that would fit with just a little overhand to cover where the flowers ended in the middle. I trimmed the paper and pulled the ‘thanks’ sentiment from the Hello Gorgeous stamp set. I love the big bold sentiments this set has to offer. They go perfectly with so many projects. I used my Misti Stamping Tool to stamp ‘thanks’ in the center of this strip, for a couple reasons. It makes stamping easy and quick, but also I knew I wanted to do a few layers of embossing powder for this to look thick and glossy. I think in the end I had heat embossed it 4-5 times. I wouldn’t recommend doing it much more, as I can’t guarantee that it would still work, but you could certainly try it! However, this was perfect for me. It gave the perfect depth.
Finally, to finish off the strip of paper with the sentiment, I die cut a scalloped edge on the bottom and a faux stitched line on the top to match. This gave a little extra detail that the card needed and gave the otherwise plain piece of paper a nice finished look. I attached the piece to my card with some Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive, and that was it for this card! I really hope you enjoyed my very first card I have to share with you, and I can’t wait to be back with more projects to share! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon!