Thursday, January 15, 2009

Good On Ya!

Heat Embossing is a great way to get a metallic look onto a card, and this is exactly what I've done for today's technique Thursday. Not only is it eye catching, but it's also a quick and easy way to WOW your friends with your amazing creative abilities :)

For the above card, I've taken my embossing buddy and swathed my card front thinly in it's diffused powder. The embossing buddy is cleverly designed to minimise static adherence of minute specs of embossing powder to unwanted surfaces. I've then taken my Encore Silver ink pad and thourally 'inked up' my stampin around Classic Stars Wheel. After stamping my star image, I've tapped some silver embossing powder over the stamped image, tapped off the excess and then heated the remaining powder on the card with my heat tool.

The heat from the tool melts the powder turning it from a 'matt' like finish to that of a metallic shine. Caution should be taken however for heating the powder too much, or too little will cause the powder to go bubbly, bumpy, scorched or all of the above. In addition to this, embossing powders have a life span of about two years. Once they become too old, you'll notice once you've heated the powder, the colour isn't as vibrant as it should be and it may also be splotchy. If this happens, it's time for some new powder.

I hope you like today's card. I have to admit, it's not a favourite of mine, but I wanted to show a card that would clearly show heat embossing in a photo.

* Star Studded SA Wheel, Kia Ora & Small Sayings Stamp Sets.
* Encore Silver & Night of Navy Stamp Pads.
* Metallics (Silver), Night of Navy & Whisper White Cardstock.
* Silver Brads, 1/1/4" Circle Punch, Designer Label Punch and Silver Embossing Powder.


Tammy B said...

I like it Nerine, simple but eye catching!

Robyn said...

I think it's gorgeous! My favourite colour combo is blue and silver!

Chrissie said...

Fabulous card Nerine... very striking! I didn't know that embossing powder has a shelf life... I have some that are over 9 years old... not that I've used them lately.... but maybe they will have to go!