Hey there! Sorry this is going up late. This crazy week just won’t let go of me and let me be. Haha! Between my new internship (you’ll hear more about this next week, wink, wink), Monday being a holiday, and prettify-ing and shipping the garage sale orders, I feel like I’ve accomplished only small bits of important things this week. Argh! Let’s hope I can pull it all together today. I have a Tips and Tricks post planned for today, but that will go up tomorrow instead, and then we’ll be back on track. Yay! Short weeks always mess with my internal schedule. ;)
The tutorial for today is magic. Haha! Truly, I have no idea how all of the Versamark doesn’t come off when you mask it, but it doesn’t. Check out my video today for this awesome “magic” crafting trick that I’m calling Multicolor Heat Embossing.
How cool is that?! I know I’m ready to try this with even bolder patterns and colors. By the way, here is the Inkadinkado masking paper I mentioned. I’ve tried it before, and it’s just as effective as the Eclipse masking tape (which is currently very hard to find). Here are the two finished cards:
The Tartan Background by Hero Arts + Basic Grey is quickly becoming one of my favorite backgrounds. It’s so happy, bright and versatile.
And the black gemstones make the perfect frame for our fun sentiments. I went over how I go about coloring my gemstones in the video. It’s not really about saving money but more about always being able to make my gemstones match my project perfectly. With copic markers (and sometimes combining two of them), I can do that every time and not have to worry about amassing a huge variety of colors in my gemstones.
And here’s a look at the first card. I love this subtle Grid Background (from Studio Calico and Hero Arts), but I’m glad I went forward and made two of them. This technique is fun with subtle backgrounds but rocks with bold backgrounds.
Note on the embossing powders I used: They’re not exactly easy to come by in one place. I bought mine originally from Studio Calico, but some are out of stock right now (and their store is constantly changing inventory, so they might not be there forever). You can buy the powders directly from American Crafts, but it looks as though some of them are out of stock right now, too. The best place I found for these powders is Amazon. They’re a little pricier, but they have free shipping and all of the colors in stock. Above, I’ve linked to all three of these sources in my supply list – just hover over each one to see the full description that includes the store that the link points to. Otherwise, look around at your local stores and keep your eyes peeled for deals around the web. These powders are a lot of fun to have around!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you get our your embossing powders and play around with them soon. They’re one of those things for me that I sometimes forget about having, but when I bring them out, I remember just how awesome they are. Next stop, tie-dye backgrounds with those babies! Wouldn’t that be awesome? See you tomorrow with Tips and Tricks. Hope your weekend gets off to a wonderful start!