Heard It’s Your Birthday

Here is a quick and fun card I made for my brother’s birthday. I received a Heat Tool and some embossing powder for Christmas last year and this is one of the first chances I had to play with them. I love the way the lime green colour stands out on the black card.

Embossing powder is very easy to use. First the image is stamped with VersaMark which is a clear ink used to adhere the embossing powder. The image I used is from the Ain’t Love Grand hostess set which is now retired, but has some very cute stamps in it. The embossing powder is then spread over the stamped image. Tap the card gently to remove any excess powder.

Heard it's your birthday! Embossing powder

Hold the heat tool about 15-20 cm away from the image and keep moving it around the image while the powder heats up. You’ll be able to see the powder melt and then harden and once hard it will become glossy and shiny. Keep moving the heat tool around until all the powder has melted. Magic!

If you find excess powder sticking to the cardstock, next time you give embossing a go, use an Embossing Buddy. Rub the Embossing Buddy gently across the cardstock before stamping the image with the VersaMark. This should prevent extra powder from sticking.

I finished the card off by adding a white banner with celebrate from the Embellished Events stamp set inked in black. And to make it easier to write on the inside, I stuck a layer of white paper onto the card. For darker cards you could also use gold, silver or white gel pens which I have done in the past and looks pretty neat.

Just be careful whilst using the heat tool as it blows a very hot air! It is much hotter than a hair dryer. If the piece of card you are heating is small, it’s best to have tweezers or something similar around so you don’t have to hold the card directly. Also make sure the surface you’re using is heatproof.

Astrid Bealing About Astrid Bealing

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Brisbane, Australia. I’ve always loved all things craft and finally taken the leap into demonstrating the wonderful products Stampin’ Up! sell, which I’ve been using since 2010.

I will be posting my Stampin’ Up! projects here to inspire you. I also hold monthly card and paper craft workshops from my home in Eight Mile Plains, and sell product Australia wide.

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