Last Christmas not only did I get a heat tool, I was also lucky enough to also get a Big Shot. And my inspiration for using them both was the hello card on page 22 of the Annual Catalogue.

The background is done with the chevron embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. I had seen a video online on how to colour the embossing folder with ink using a brayer so I decided to give this technique a go. It took me a few attempts to get it right as you need to put the ink on the correct side of the embossing folder for it to work (that’d be the side with the Stampin’ Up! logo on it). The end result was still a little blurry at the edge from the paper being squeezed in the Big Shot but I’m still very happy with it and the imperfection adds to the home made feel.

hello card

The centre piece is made from some black cardstock cut out using my favourite Decorative Label Punch, and a sliver of Modern Medley designer series paper. I used the hello sentiment from the Four You stamp set and embossed it with black embossing powder. I found that pinning the corners of the gumball green cardstock to a cork placemat made embossing a small piece of cardstock quite easy. This was then punched out using the Extra Large Oval Punch. I love those two shapes together, the Decorative Label Punch and the Extra Large Oval Punch.

I glued the chevron embossed cardstock on with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue so as not to flatten the embossing by using the Snail adhesive. I did use the Snail adhesive to stick the DSP on top of the black label. The black label was fixed to the card using Dimensionals and the oval was fixed to the top also using the Dimensionals.

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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