Today the newest sketch challenge from My Favorite Things was posted. Each Wednesday MFT has a new sketch challenge. They choose one random winner each week to receive a 50.00 MFT gift certificate. I loved the simplicity of this weeks challenge and decided to create a Christmas in July card using my favorite stamp from the 2017 Christmas season, Happy Pawlidays along with the Paw Print background stamp that was released earlier this year (2018.)
I decided to try a technique for the first time for this card. I heat embossed vellum and used MFT hybrid ink in green and red to ink up the vellum. It turned out so pretty and it was simple. to create. My mind has been going crazy with all of the ideas for future cards using this technique.
First, I inked up the background stamp with clear embossing ink. After using an anti-static tool on the vellum I gently placed the vellum on the stamp. To aid in the transfer of the ink to the vellum I placed a sheet of copy paper over the vellum and stamp and keeping on hand in place I used the other to apply pressure to the stamp.
After heat embossing the vellum, which is very easy as long as you let your heat tool get very hot! Vellum will burn and warp easily. The hotter the heat tool the quicker the embossing powder will melt. To ink up the vellum I flipped the vellum over so the embossed side was face down. Using my two ink pads I applied ink directly from the pad to vellum in alternating colors wiping the ink with a paper towel after each color was applied.
I decided to use the adorable puppy tangled in lights, the Christmas tree, several lights and bulbs and several gifts.I colored the images with copic markers (colors listed below and in the video). Once the images were die cut I arranged them in the format of the sketch challenge, glued them down with liquid adhesive and added a sentiment banner.
The panel was then adhered to a 110 lb Neenah solar white card base. The only thing left were to add a little shine to the puppies and lights. I used Nuvo Crystal Glaze to achieve this.
I highly encourage you to give embossing and inking vellum a try. It can open up so many possibilities for your card panels. Have fun!!
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