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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Feeling peaceful with Glitterbabe

This week's Dudetime Doodles December Holiday Spirit Challenge is being sponsored by Glitterbabe's Digis, so as a way to advertise both I made this simple card featuring GlitterBabe's Dove digi stamp (thank you!). I've included instructions & tips on how to heat-emboss digi stamps, just scroll down. I was also inspired by the first of the 2012 Christmas Card Challenges (oh my!): One Layer Christmas Card.

I made a border the circle around the digi stamp, and heat-embossed it. Then I stamped & heat-embossed Peace in the middle. It's nearly impossible to see in this photo, but I painted the dove's body with Granite Tattered Angels glimmer mist. I added - • - • - borders on the front with a Sharpie white paint pen and on the inside with an Elmer's glitter gel pen.

There are plenty of great tutorials out there on how to heat-emboss digi stamps (e.g., Digital Delights, Mel Stampz), but here's how I do it:
  1. I finally broke down & bought an "embossing-buddy", a little cotton bag filled with cornstarch that you rub over your paper before heat-embossing so that excess powder doesn't stick. Oh my goodness it was worth every penny! If you have one, rub it over the paper before printing.
  2. I use coated cardstock from Recollections' Metallics line (available at Michael's). Using photo paper also works, but you have to worry about the coating bubbling up. If you use photo paper, you want to print it at "high quality", but I find that with the Recollections paper it works best to print it at normal quality, but run it through the printer twice (quick, like a bunny!)
  3. Immediately pour on the embossing powder; I like to give it a moment to stick, then I knock off the excess & heat it up. Easy-peasy!

4 comments:

Brigitte said...

Beautiful shaped card!!! I love the simplicity and elegance of it!!! Thanks for joining us this week at CCC with your one layered card! Hugs
Brigitte

pat said...

love the shape! the image is perfect! thanks for playing along this week.

Katie said...

Beautiful simple card!
Thanks for playing in Christmas Card Challenges this week :)

UTs Hobby Time said...

Simply beautiful card.