Hi everyone, Heidi here, today I would like to show you a set of Christmas cards for which I used heat embossed focal points.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
I started my project by die cutting four panels in the size that I wanted from some watercolour paper. Next I chose two colour combinations from the Gansai Tambi 36 Set of watercolour paints to create a wash on these panels: on two panels I used the colours 40 / 42 and 53 and on the other two panels I used the colours 50 /57 and 67.
On the yellow greenish panels I also splattered with some water droplets, that I dabbed off, for some added interest in the background.
Now I’m going to add my sentiments to the panels that I created before: I first used a anti-static powder tool on the panels (this is very important for today’s card to create crisp lines). Then I chose a sentiment by Quietfire Design called “A Smile is the best Christmas Decoration“. This sentiment I stamped on the panels using VersaMark ink and I heat embossed using Ranger “Gold“ embossing powder (on the mint green turquoise card) or Altenew “Antique Silver“ embossing powder ( on the yellow greenish card).
Next I’m going to add my stencilled heat embossed design to the cards: I first again used the anti-static powder tool on the panels. Then I adhered the gorgeous The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Flakes“ (TCW2162) over the panel using removable tape and then I applied some VersaMark ink over the stencil openings using a foam applicator tool, avoiding the area’s where I stamped the sentiments.
On one of the mint green turquoise panels I also avoided adding VersaMark to the bottom part of the panel. After the heat embossing I added a die cut row of trees using a Clearly Besotted die called “Tree Landscape Die“ and some black card stock. I adhered the die cut to the panel using liquid glue.
If the sizes of the snowflakes are too large for the design you’re going for then you can also create the snowflakes in several steps by replacing the stencil after the first heat embossing, adding VersaMark over single flakes and heat embossing them one by one, until you’re happy with your design!
On the yellow greenish panel that you have seen before I wanted to add some fun other element: for this I chose a snowman stamp (no name brand), that I stamped on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper using Versafine “Onyx Black“ ink and clear heat embossing afterwards. I coloured the image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and an aquabrush. I used the following marker colours: Lemon Yellow, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Light Green, Green and Pale Gray. Then I die cut the coloured image and added her to the panel that I created before using liquid glue.
Now all I have to do to finish these first two cards is to die cut some mats for these panels from some kraft brown and dark brown card stock, I adhered the panels on their mats using liquid glue and then I adhered these combined panels to some crème coloured linen textured card bases using one millimetre thick foam tape.
This is what the completed first two cards look like:
Two other cards with the same design idea:
For the other two cards I used the same procedures: for the yellow greenish card I also used the black die cut tree shapes (I added some smaller single heat embossed snow flakes to the bottom part of the design) and on the other mint green turquoise panel I used the heat embossed stencilled snowflake shapes across the entire card panel and a lighter craft coloured mat.
And that’s it for today’s fun set of heat embossed Christmas cards!
I hope this post will give you some idea’s to use your embossing powders in combination with your TCW stencils! By changing up the colours of embossing powder that you use and adding them to different coloured backgrounds you can create about any colour combination that you like. And of course there are many more winter / Christmas themed The Crafter’s Workshop stencils that you can use on your project!
I wish you a creative day!
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member