Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Waxed Paper Cuttlebug Embossing

Supplies needed: Cuttlebug or other embossing machine, embossing folders, glossy card stock, waxed paper, iron, craft sheet, brayer, ink pads (rainbow if possible)

Run the waxed paper through your embossing folder

Take a piece of glossy card and place it gloss faced up

Place your embossed piece of waxed paper on top of the glossy card

Now place another piece of glossy card on top, gloss side faced down. So you should have a sandwich of glossy card, waxed paper and glossy card. The glossy sides should be in contact with the waxed paper

Using a warm iron, iron your sandwich. You should get a feel for when it's done as the card will 'slip' due to the wax being transferred from the paper onto the glossy card

You will end up with your waxed paper which has lost its wax, and a negative and positive of the pattern on the glossy sides of your card stock

Ink up a brayer, preferably a rainbow one

And brayer your glossy card - I used the Kaledicolor bouquet ink pad for this one

The Kaledicolor birthstone ink pad for this one

The woodlands Adirondack ink pad for this one

The Adirondack rueberry ink pad on this one, but I also used a babywipe to wipe away some of the ink

Monday, 25 August 2008

Cracked Glass Effect

Supplies needed: Johnsons Klear floor wax, clear embossing powder, re-inkers, heat tool, craft sheet, permanent ink pad, stamps, walnut crystals, card stock, paintbrushes

Stamp the card with your image(s)

Cover your card in Johnsons Klear floor wax

Dip your brush into the walnut crystals

Move the crystals around the card using a paintbrush

Avoiding the main image(s)

Dip your brush into the re-inkers and start to colour in your main image(s)

When you have finished colouring your image(s), tear around them

Cover the whole of the card in clear embossing powder

And heat

Give your card another coat of Johnsons Klear floor wax

Add another coat of clear embossing powder

And heat again - you can do this as many times as you wish to create depth

When cool fold your piece

Then fold the opposite way (to create squares)

Your cracked glass effect is now completed

Friday, 22 August 2008

Memory Glass & Stampbord

Supplies needed: Stampbord, co-ordinating size memory glass, alcohol inks, blending solution, applicator, embossing powders, clear embossing pad / pen, heat tool, craft sheet, super sticky red line tape, permanent ink pad, stamp of choice

Apply three colours of alcohol ink to the applicator

Apply sparingly to your stampbord

Use your blending solution and more colour if required to create your desired background colour

Stick your super sticky double sided red tape to the edges of the memory glass

Cover all 4 edges

Dip 2 sides into embossing powder, hold with tweezers and blast with heat tool

Do the same to the other 2 sides

When cooled down, cover the edges you've just heat embossed with the clear embossing ink

Apply another coat of embossing powder in the same colour and heat again. Apply a further coat of clear embossing powder

Ink up your stamp

Stamp your image on the memory glass

Attach the memory glass to the stampbord (I used diamond glaze around the edges)

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Fabric Transparency Transfer

Supplies needed: Medium gel, transparency image, cotton fabric (the finer weave the better the result), heat tool and craft sheet (optional)

Apply the medium gel to the cotton fabric with your finger

Cover an area big enough to take your image. Don't apply it too thick but at the same time make sure you put enough on so that you can not see the fabric

Place your image in the medium gel, ink side down (usually the rough side)

Gently rub over the surface of the image, start in the centre and work outwards. After about 1 minute apply firm pressure. You should feel the medium gel 'grab' the transfer. Lift up the bottom corner to see if the ink has transferred, if it hasn't continue to apply pressure

When you are happy, peel off the acetate

Your image should now be transferred to your fabric. If you wish you can blast with a heat tool to ensure it is fully dry or just set aside for a few hours to dry au naturel

If your image is blurred you have either applied too much gel medium or too much pressure when attempting the transfer

If your image has scratchy lines you have either not used enough gel medium or not applied enough pressure when attempting the transfer