Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Two Techniques Tuesday

Finally, I have managed to get something done this week! My daughter's car was not functioning well while visiting Atlanta last weekend, the A/C quit (100 degree weather).. AND the car began making what she referred to as a "funny noise". Our mechanic had to order a part from out of state, and said the car shouldn't even be driven!! Yikes.. and all the way back from Atlanta.. she is the luckies person I know! I've been driving her to work daily.. and a friend has been bringing her back home! Today another family friend took her to work.. YEAH! (Thanks Debbie!!!) The mechanic had to order a part so...

Last night was our monthly "Two Techniques Tuesday" workshop during which I demoed two embossing techniques, "cracked glass" and "Holographic Stamping".

The Holographic Stamping Card inspiration came from my upline Lee, who showed me a card this past winter using the "Lovely as a Tree" Stamp Set. The card was stunning, and neither of us could really remember exactly how it was done.. So.. I had to 'recreate the wheel'.. almost... I'm fairly certain that the original card was made this way. The photo doesn't do it justice, this card really sparkles! In retrospect, I would have used shimmery white cardstock vs. WW.
Stamps: Glorious Garlands, Warm Words
Cardstock: Whisper White, Silver
Other: White Tafetta Ribbon, Heat and Stick Powder, Hologram Highlights, and Encore Silver Ink
The image was first stamped on WW cardstock with Encore Silver ink. Heat and Stick powder was applied to the wet encore ink, and then set with a heat gun. We then applied Hologram Highlights, and embossed a second time. The new Stampin' Up! Tafetta Ribbon was also stamped with the Encore Silver ink and attached to the card. Quick, cute, simple!
And.. here's my 'cracked glass' card!
It features the Hostess Stamp Set: Sidekick Sayings a 3 piece set, Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, and Real Red Cardstock, Chocolate Chip Ink, and the new 5/8" Grosgrain Real Red Ribbon. Ultrathick embossing powder, versamark ink, and markers were also used in this project.
To make 'cracked glass', stamp and color your main image. Put a sheet of scrap paper on your worksurface, and then place the stamped image on this sheet. Cover the entire image with versamark embossing ink, then dip into ultrathick embossing powder (don't worry about voids or blank spots.. the ultrathick powder is self levelling and will correct itself in subsequent applications).
Remove the piece from the powder and place atop your scrap paper covered worksurface.. and melt with heat gun held directly above the project, at a 90 degree angle. Move the gun around until all the 'dimples' melt. There is no need to hold the project down, the weight of the powder will do that for you. Chances are, you will see little bits of embossing powder fly.. that's normal. ALLOW THE PROJECT TO COOL!!!! This is a VERY important step (and I know this because... )
When cool, reapply versamark to entire image, reapply powder, and heat. You will notice the melting powder 'pools' and moves, almost in waves across the paper. Don't get too crazy moving the waves because you can actually create a divit in your project (yes, and I know this because...).
AFTER PROJECT has cooled, repeat the process one more time, allow to cool and then put into your freezer.. YES, Freeze it! After about three minutes, remove your project from the freezer and quickly, gently crack the smoothe glass surface beginning at the corners and working towards the middle of the project. If it is not cracked to your satisfaction, you can put it back in the freezer and do it again.
TIP: for a more 'aged' look, dribble a re-inker onto the project and rub gently with a tissue, the ink will settle into the cracks. You can also use an ink pad and rub the piece on the ink pad, and remove excess ink with the tissue. If you use ink color that is too dark, your image may be distorted or disrupted by a dark crack.. so stay a bit on the light side!
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