Hello, everyone – Michelle Lupton here from Handmade by Michelle – merry greetings from Melbourne, Australia! It’s so close to Christmas – only four sleeps to go! Yay!
Can you imagine my excitement when I was asked to take part in ABNH’s Christmas-travaganza? No? Well, imagine me jumping up and down like a five-year-old, and walking around with a permanent grin on my face for days!!! A very big THANK YOU to Mary Dawn and Linda for letting me join in with the Christmassy fun!
I wanted to share with you a couple of cards I’ve made by heat embossing onto acetate. There are two tricks to avoid warping the acetate – one is to use your heat gun in short, sharp bursts, and make sure that your heat gun is very well warmed up before you apply it to your acetate. Another trick I discovered (by accident) is to use leftover scraps from laminating sheets of paper or card – it means there are two thin sheets of laminate stuck together, so it is a bit more sturdy and heat resistant.
I stamped my favourite Christmas stamp, Hero Arts “Decorative Ornament” cling stamp, twice onto the acetate in Versamark ink, then embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I cut around the images and adhered them with some small dots of Glossy Accents to a piece of metallic blue paper (an offcut from my stash) onto which I’d already stamped and white embossed my sentiment (Hero Arts “Joy of Christmas”). I added some bows of silvery Christmas twine, some white faux stitching lines, and then mounted the whole lot onto a standard sized white card.
With the next card, after I heat embossed the acetate, I coloured the back, unembossed surface of the acetate with a red (R37) Copic Marker. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Clear Design set “Very Merry Christmas” stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, the embossing folder is “Fancy Fan” from Sizzix and Stampin’ Up, and the base card is SU Cherry Cobbler. The red metallic twine is from a $2 pack from the supermarket!
Just because I couldn’t resist, here are a few more cards for you. For these ones, I stamped either the Hero Arts Magical Background or the Music Background onto kraft cardstock with white pigment ink. I then heat set this before stamping over them with Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks with some cute little holly leaves and berries stamps from DeNami. I then cut some strips to fit either horizontally or vertically on a white card, then added some combination of the following: Real Red cardstock from Stampin’ Up; some Hero Arts gemstones; a SU Glimmer paper strip; some buttons; a red glitter snowflake (using SU’s snowflake die); a Christmassy sentiment (from either Stampin’ Up, A Muse Art Stamps, Stamp It or Hero Arts, of course!!!). Once I’d stamped the background piece, the cards came together really easily, and were quite fun to mass produce (even thought they’re not all the same!)
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