A friend of mine recently sold her home. Being very excited for the couple that just relocated and made the purchase, she wanted to give them a “Welcome to Your New Home” card. I came up with a few ideas for her and decided to make a video of the process. Thanks to a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and some die sets from Spellbinders for the great inspiration! 😃
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STEP BY STEP
Stamp & Heat Emboss the Sentiments
- Simon Says Stamp set – HOME SWEET HOME
- Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock
- Sizzix Brite-Ons paper – Cream
- Stamping Platform (This is a link to The Misti. The one I use is no longer available, but they all do the same thing.)
- Misti Creative Corners rulers
- Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink (Find this at Michaels, Joanns, Hobby Lobby, Amazon, etc.)
- Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Powder
- Wagner Heat Tool
- Anti-static Powder Pouch
- Versamark watermark ink pad (or any sticky ink)
- Stampendous Detail Silver Embossing Powder
- Gina K. Designs Rose Gold Embossing Powder
- Use the black VersaFine pigment ink to stamp your sentiment onto the white cardstock.
- NOTE: Be sure and use the anti-static powder BEFORE stamping and applying the embossing powder. This will ensure that the powder only sticks to the ink and not the background.
- Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
- Use the sticky VersaMark ink to stamp your sentiment onto the white cardstock and the cream paper.
- Heat emboss with the silver powder on the white and the rose gold powder on the cream paper.
TIP: Baby powder can also be used for an anti-static powder when heat embossing. Be sure to wipe the residue off with a damp towel before using inks or watercoloring. I’d also avoid using it on black paper as it can be somewhat difficult to remove from a dark surface.
Die Cut the Sentiment Elements
- Spellbinders Platinum 6 Manual Die Cutting Machine, (this is the machine I use the most)
- Spellbinders Nested Circles die set
- Black Craft Foam
- Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels Die Set
- Gina K. Designs Connect Glue
- Fancy Scalloped Die Set
- 3M Foam Tape
- Spellbinders Fancy Edged Ovals die set
- White craft foam
- Use the circle dies to cut out the silver sentiment and a framing piece that is a little bit bigger than the sentiment from the black card stock.
- Use the circle die that is smaller than the black frame to cut out a dimensional piece from the black craft foam.
- Glue those three elements together with liquid glue and set aside to dry with something heavy on top to keep them flat.
- Use the SSS Sentiment Labels die to cut out the sub sentiment.
- Use the scalloped die to cut out the black embossed sentiments.
- Apply the 3M foam tape to the back for dimension and set aside.
- To cut out the rose gold embossed sentiment, use the Fancy Scalloped die set.
- Cut a piece of white craft foam from a smaller oval die and glue to the back of the sentiment element. Set aside to dry flat.
TIP: 3M foam tape be can an expensive purchase. To stretch your dollars, use a good pair of scissors, like the Tonic Tim Holtz Shears, to cut the ½” tape down the middle. This will help your tape last twice as long and works just as well.
Die Cut, Emboss, and Assemble the Panels
- Waffleflower A2 Layers Die
- Heavyweight Black Cardstock
- Sizzix Brite-Ons paper – Pink
- Recollections Foil Paper Pack – Silver and Gold
- Prima 6″ x 6″ paper pad – Romance Novel
- Memory Box 3D Embossing Folder – Floral Corner
- Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fade – Botanical
- Scotch Advanced Tape Glider
- Use the Waffle Flower A2 Layers die set to cut the background and framing pieces from the Black, Brite-Ons, Romance Novel, Silver Foil paper, and Gold Foil paper.
- Use the 3D embossing folders to emboss the Silver and Gold panels. (See note below.)
- Use the Scotch Tape Runner to adhere all your panels together… Romance Novel on Pink, Silver and Gold on Black.
NOTE: 3D Embossing Folders are different than your everyday embossing folders: they are much thicker. Be sure and follow your machines “embossing sandwich” instructions for a 3D folder. Also, you may need to play around with different “shims” from different weights of paper and card stock to get the results you want. Play around with your machine a little before you use a full piece of your precious metallic papers. ☺️
NOTE: Remember to cut your card stock down to the final size BEFORE embossing with an embossing folder. Running an embossed panel through your die cut machine after embossing, will flatten the dimension.
Assemble the Cards
- Neenah Solar White 110# Cardstock
- Mini Scoring Board
- Teflon Bone Folder
- Reverse Tweezers
- Optional: Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap
- Doodlebug Designs – Shape Sprinkles Tiny Hearts
- Prepare your card bases by cutting an 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of Neenah 110# card stock in half.
- Using the mini scoring board, score this sheet in half at the 4 ¼” mark. Tape closed with low tack tape.
- Use the tape runner to adhere the assembled panels to your card base.
- Adhere the sentiments to the assembled card bases using foam tape and liquid glue. Use the tweezers to aid in placement if desired.
- Optional: stamp the secondary sentiment onto the Romance Novel background card using Distress Ink in the color Frayed Burlap.
TIP: Use a teflon bone folder to crease your cards shut without damaging the paper or leaving a shiny mar mark on the surface.
TIP: Use a piece of low tack tape, rolled up, inside your card to temporarily keep the card closed and flat for easier assembly.
Decorate the Envelopes
- Gina K. Designs stamp set – Stuffed With Love
- Pink Envelope
- White Envelopes
- Recollections Pearl Snow embossing powder
- Using the stamp platform or stamping block, stamp your choice of sentiments onto the envelope flap and/or the front, left corner.
- Sprinkle with the Pearl Snow embossing powder.
- Heat until melted and smooth.
That’s it friends!
Remember, if mailing in the US. be sure and buy “non-machinable” postage so your cards don’t get smooshed in the USPS postal machines.
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Thanks for spending time with me!
Blessings & Hugs,