Sunday, October 28, 2018




Tools, Heat, Dry & Dies

-to raise in relief
-to decorate a surface with a raised ornament
-to raise a design with dies, of a similar kind; one negative of the other to raise a design on (a blank) with dies of a similar pattern; one the negative of the other
-to cause to bulge out; make protuberant

When anyone mentions they have a project they embossed I think immediately "What a lot of mess!" For some reason, unbeknownst to me, embossing powder is almost as bad as glitter. Glitter and I are enemies. At least I don´t find embossing powder on my dog´s back or my husband´s forehead three days later!! 

Tool embossing

Many may be familiar with a stylus as a tool to score with. It has a ball on each end, one smaller than the other. Putting your 8-1/2"x 5-1/2" piece of paper on a scoreboard or your trimmer and using the stylus to mark it in half. This helps to fold the cardstock. 

Fiskars Dual-tip Embossing Stylus

Actually, a stylus was the first tool crafters used to emboss! They used it to break the fibers down in cardstock by gently rubbing over and over in the same place. 

Draw a 5 petal flower on a piece of 80# cardstock. Working on a rubber mat or mouse pad, use the large end and follow each petal of the simple flower. Use the large end and follow it around 3 times. Then change to the small end. Follow the groove a couple times. Remember to only stay in the groove.

 Stylus and Paper

Now, turn the paper over. You can see the flower on the other side. Using the large end, slowly, gently, create a line around the flower next to the one you created on the other side. Anyone familiar with making paper flower embellishments recognizes this process as the one used to form petals and leaves.

As the paper is worked from either side, an image is created much like that of an old tin ceiling tile from the 1800s or an urn from the 800s. Embossing has been done for centuries. 

Finely detailed embossing

Embossed ceiling tiles

Some of the first embossing incorporated into the crafting world came in the form of metal stencils. Paper put over the stencil and held to a light source allowing the stencil design to be seen. Pressing in the open areas would then leave an image. Some still use this practice today. 

Metal Stencil, lightbox and stylus

Aleks Melnyk 32 Bullet Journal Stencil 

Heat embossing

Heat embossing is an awesome way to add texture and dimension to your projects! No matter how many times I have added this technique to my projects, I still get excited when the embossing powder starts to melt! It's like magic!

Heat embossing is a technique that allows raised elements on your paper crafts. Embossed images are created by stamping or drawing onto your cardstock with a long drying ink. A special powder is applied and melts when heated.

Adding embossing powder to
Versafine sentiment. Excess powder
will fall into a coffee filter

The extra powder gets emptied back into the container.
 TIP: Putting the clear embossing powder into a larger container 
from the original small bottle makes it easier to work with.

There aren't many supplies needed to heat emboss. The most important tool being the heat gun. This cylinder shape tool blows extremely hot air directly to the area. It only takes a few seconds to heat. A hair dryer cannot be used. It blows too hard and does not get hot enough.

Heat Embossing tool

Another item is the ink you will use. The most common is Tsukineko's Versamark Watermark Pigment Ink. This ink is very sticky and slow drying and it holds embossing powder wonderfully! Other inks are Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink and Distress Oxides. Even though they are dye inks which dry faster, Distress Oxides stay wet a little longer and grasps the powder. 

Embossable Inks

Versamark Watermark clear Ink

Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
The most commonly used types of embossing powder are clear, black and white. The powder is made of plastic extracted from polymers. It is simply a fine powder, sticking to an ink to hold an image and melts when heated.

Ranger Embossing Powder Super Fine Clear

Click below to watch a video by Jen Evers for Koala T Crafts. She explains the Embossing process plus a few extras!

All about wet or powder embossing!
Different ways to use your embossing powders!

Additional Tools

Some additional Tools to consider;
    1. Anti-static powder tool

How to make your own Embossing Buddy! 

     2. Glitter tray or coffee filters- for collecting the unused powder and to put it back in it's container.

   3. Small Paintbrush- to remove stray embossing powder from hard to reach areas.

   4. Tweezers and Heat resistant surface- to keep your fingers safe.

Reverse Tweezers with pad for heat protection

Heat Resistant Nonskid Craft Mat

   5. Embossing pens and markers- same ink as the pads and gives you the ability to draw and write.

Dry embossing

Embossing folders are made of hard plastic, which has a front and a back side with a design imprinted on the inside. When closed the design fits together. This will leave an impression on your paper when its placed inside the folder and rolled through a die cutter. The same rollers that push your paper and die through are the same that will emboss your paper. 

Unembossed paper placed inside the folder 

Embossed paper after being rolled through a Big Shot

Die Cut Embossing

This is a neat trick! It depends on which die cut/emboss machine you own as to which plates (or sandwich) you will need for this. The Big Shot takes Tab 1. cutting plate, SILICONE MAT, die side up, paper, cutting plate. 

Die-cut embossed ´hello´

This last embossing technique is so simple and yet amazing! Sentiments, an outline of florals that can be colored, no masking needed, are all possibilities with this technique. Work with it, play with it! Use the tools that you have and see what you can come up with!

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Sunday, October 21, 2018


HOW TO Handmake 

Holiday Cards 

Starting With Halloween!

I know there may be many of you that don't send Halloween Cards or celebrate this Halloween. Well, it is my favorite HOLIDAY!  The costumes, the fun children have (big and small) and the imagination that goes wild with being scared makes me shiver! Maybe Jen will let me read for you and show you my pet vulture! I have been a witch for 32 years (my true identity!) I really like spooky movies too! 

I am focusing on the techniques, tips, and tricks Jen shows us in her LIVE Friday Freeplay tutorial on September 21, 2018.

The first trick, right off the bat (pun intended!), is to show viewers how to stamp while easily masking part of the image! Use a piece of Post It paper, attach the sticky onto the part of the stamp you don't want to see. Ink the stamp, remove the sticky note and then stamp the image!

Cover the web with the sticky paper, ink the stamp, 
remove the paper, stamp your image

Ta-Da! Spiders without webbing!

 Batty Bat Card

The first tip for the bat card is putting a piece of paper under the cardstock you will stamp on. You will be able to stamp your image off the page without worrying about spreading the ink onto your desk or smudging your paper. 

A stamped bat was scattered over a 4.25"x 5.5" Neenah 110# Exact Index piece of cardstock. 

Choosing the bat! Cute!

Stamp off the edge to make it look like background paper

The first technique is turning a water-based marker into watercolor. Scribble the marker across an acrylic block and add a bit of water from the Rinse Well, turns this medium into paint.

Marker to paint Technique

A Rinse Well instantly gives you clean water when you need it

This technique shows that you can choose where the light source may be coming from. To make a shadow, paint a darker hue along the opposite side of the image. 

From the watercolor palette to the shadow side of the bat

The marker will not spread so easily as the watered down ink does. A line along that dark background, next to the bat, would really make them pop! Tip: When you put the marker direct to paper, your shadow will be dark. If you try to spread it with water, it could spread the dark color too much and risk pilling the paper if it gets too wet.

Trick: Be careful with this! This is not watercolor paper and they are watercolor markers. They are water-based so they will spread. All you need is a VERY thin line to accent.
Artiste Watercolor Dual Tip Markers, 36-Pack

The more water, the less color there
will be! Look how he POPS!

Look what a thin line next to the bat can do!

The damp cardstock is trimmed and is slowly dried with Ranger´s Heat It Tool. The heat will make the cardstock curl. Trick: Just turn it over to straighten. As the piece of paper heats, it will also stiffen.

Paper curling as it dries

Technique: When the paper is stiff, it is the perfect time to distress the edges. A Distress tool is used. It scratches and roughens the edges of the cardstock. It´s easier to use when the cardstock is firmer. TIP: The edge of a pair of scissors will work to distress the edges also.

TONIC STUDIOS Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

Technique: A homemade wobble can be created with two pieces of paper! Another image of a bat is created on another piece of paper. It is punched out and ready to be glued to the other end of the homemade wobble.

CLICK here to go to the tutorial about making exactly the same homemade wobble!

Watch it WOBBLE!!

The next trick is a tricky one! Attach your bat-filled cardstock to the white card base. Use a black marker and draw around the edge of the stamped cardstock. This gives the illusion that the cardstock was mounted on black paper before attaching it to the base. This cuts down the thickness which is nice for mailing.

Carefully draw a black line around the stamped cardstock

A stamp Shammy by Lawn Fawn is used to clean the bat stamp. This neat cleaner just needs to be damp with clean water! Rinse and let dry unfolded when you are done for the day. It may get stained but that isn't a problem. It can be used many, many times before replacing! And it won´t leave fibers on your stamps! 

Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy 

The Amazing Mummy

This next technique is fun! Scribble red marker onto an acrylic block. Add some water with a paintbrush. Now, with paint on the brush, tap the brush over your finger (make sure it´s over your piece of cardstock!) This is called spattering.

Spattering on your background

The image of a mummy will be added to this card. It will be layered onto a black circle so it stands out. Technique: Cut a dark or black piece of cardstock into a similar shape and larger, to give the mummy a frame. But it needs something. Orange ribbon is the choice! Tip: If you can´t make a bow, then don´t make a bow! 

Cut a piece of ribbon a little longer than twice the Diameter of the black circle. Fold it in half with a small loop at the top. Have the loop hang over one side and the tails hang out the other side of the black circle. Trick: Now just staple!

 Staple in the center of the black circle

The staple will be hidden by the image!

Use foam tape to the back of the circle, to pop the whole embellishment up on the card!

Spot, Spazz, and Spunky Spiders

The next card idea has creepy spiders added to it! Trick: The paper punched spiders legs are slightly curled down and the body is popped up with foam tape. This gives the illusion that the spiders are crawling across the paper!

Use whatever punch you have

Technique: Don´t be afraid to doodle on the front of your card! Take a small tipped marker and draw a simple web in one corner and tracks coming from the other spider. (Shiver!)

Doodling with spiders!  Eeeeek!

This technique is really cool!!

Use a piece of white core paper. This is a paper that is colored on one side but white on the other. Cut a 5¨x 3.75¨ piece of this paper. We used black paper with a white back. 

Place your paper, face up, into an embossing folder of your choice. Use the correct sandwich for the machine you're using and run it through the die cutter. (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Gemini, etc.) Take a cheap, small-grained piece of sandpaper or a fingernail file and scratch across the colored surface of that piece of paper! It brings through the other color like magic!

Embossed and filed black paper

Attach your embossed paper to your card base. Use the trick you learned on the first card and outline this one with an orange pen! 

Punch or die cut a circle large enough to fit around the image of the spider. This circle should be a different color than the black spider and background. So pea green was chosen! 

Technique: Lightly spray the circle with water and scrunch it into a ball. (Tip: Use a spray like a glitter spray, mica spray or shimmer spray!) Open and slowly dry it with the Heat It Tool. 

Drying the scrunched circle

Once dry, pop up your spider like you did the others and attach it to your circle, and attach your circle on top of your embossed paper!

Ranger Heat It Tool

WOW! That embossed paper makes that spider stand out!

Gory Ghoul

This simple card features a silly little ghoul. He has been colored, shaded, and circle punched ready to be the focal point on a card.

Technique: This time a background stamp will be used. Choose any one that you have. (Tip: A background stamp will put a design all across your paper. It´s usually bigger than an A2 card, 4.25¨x 5.5¨.) Using a permanent ink like Versafine, ink up your stamp.

Using a background Stamp

Tip: The easiest way to do this is to lay your stamp, ink side up, onto your craft mat. Place the cardstock on the top. Hold it still, rub firmly across the paper. Get the whole thing!

Pull it off and there you have your stamped image! Tip: To dry your stamped image quickly, use a homemade embossing buddy! The details are found right here! 

Add a little color to your background using the marker technique learned in the first card. 

Watercoloring with markers

Tip: Use more than one color if you wish. Remember to leave white space. It balances out some of the colors in your project. 

Here´s a trick you learned, add some ribbon to the back of the circle with the ghoul as the focal point. Tip: To make it stand out more, color around the edge of the shape, before or after adding the ribbons. That is another trick that has been shared.

The Reveal

Use water-based markers to create watercolor paint. Create a shadow. Draw around the edge of the cardstock to create a faux layer. Pop up an embellishment with a homemade wobble!

the batty bat

Draw own element, super easy one for kids!

Spazz and Spunky Spiders

Create a focal point. Add ribbon to your embellishment. Spray your background either with spray ink or a paintbrush and your paint!

Amazing Mummy

Use an embossing folder with white core paper and scratch the top color to let the white come through. Add a faux border so it looks like an extra layer.

Spot Spider

Leave white space. Make your own background!

Gory Ghoul

And the one that was made before the show! Try Post-It Notes to mask an area you don´t want to be stamped.

Make a shadow for your image

I enjoy these type of videos. They fill my head with ideas. I always have my notebook at hand and I think, "I need to use my embossing folders more often!"

To view the whole LIVE video and perhaps catch a few MORE tips or tricks, please click on the photo below!

Click here to see How To Homemade Holiday Cards starting with Halloween

This was an excellent basic technique, tips and tricks tutorial. I enjoy the camaraderie between the viewers. Jen is right there to answer questions or to giggle over a viewer's comment! 

Check out more 'How To' videos in the Archives or join us Live on Wednesdays at 5pm CST for One in Ten by Jen: In'Jen'uity from Mailbox to Masterpiece. Jen attempts to finish a card in 10 minutes from scraps from the craft desk that viewers send in.

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