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Heat Embossing onto Vellum

I had a lot of fun this weekend at an online retreat with Brandy's Cards. One of the tutorials was heat embossing with white embossing powder onto vellum. I made three cards using the tutorial at the retreat but all of my cards are very different because the stamp sets are the ones I have and not the ones used by Brandy. So for example in the card above I stamped the butterfly stamp Butterfly Brilliance onto a piece of vellum using versa mark ink and then sprinkled on white embossing powder and heat it with my heat tool. The once dry I cut the image out using the co-ordinating dies from Stampin' Up and this gave me 6 butterflies which I then coloured on the back using blender pens. I found the darker colours worked the best and shone through the most. You don't see the back - so it is very forgiving technique if your colouring isn't very good! Following Brandy's lead I also decorated inside the card and made a matching envelope. I think its going to be a thing!
Another card I used my new Holly images from the stamp set called Leaves of Holly , this is such a pretty set and the holly and berries went well with the technique. It works best with images with space to colour at the back. I don't have a lot of these in my collection of 19 stamp sets, but you may have more luck!
Again I made a matching envelope and inside.
Then I thought I would like to design my own card using some of the left over holly images and I cut them out with the matching dies that go with the set. I stamped Christmas Wishes onto the label die in the set and finished off the card edges with the trio punch using the cut out cornet on each of the base card's corners. I love the colour I used 'soft succulent' coloured card.
I have been busy making a few bits and bobs at home and sewing curtains and hemming trousers. I also decorated this ferris wheel for my daughter who took it to her friends hen party. We used some retired Stampin' Up rainbow glitter card which we cut using one of the Stampin' Up heart punches and a smaller retired heart punch. We lined the sweet trays with different colours of card stock. Made the little tents using a PDF file that was purchased and cut on my Silhouette machine. Then I made a tiny banner that said 'sweets' and anchored it into two tiny terracotta pots with blu tac and covered them with the insides of a party popper! I also made a large banner that said Emily's Hen Fest using card and letter dies and the rainbow glitter card again. (not pictured) I think they had a lovely time using it all! I love it when I have just what we need in the craft room to conjure up a storm!

The above is one of my heat embossing onto vellum cards that did not go quite as smoothly as the others - The stamp was not such a good one for space to colour but also I accidnetly coloured the purple flowers on the wrong side - just goes to show how easy it is to oops!

I have just posted podcast number 5 , which includes a look at these cards, some of my latest knitting and sewing projects and an update including some filming of our ferret baby which we are having to hand rear and is causing some sleepless nights. We hope she pulls through in the meantime its night feeding every 3 hours until she is more established and onto some solids!. CLICK HERE to watch.

I will leave you a final photo of a Christmas card to wish you a happy summer holiday time I hope the sun returns soon but not too hot!!

Love JoP x