Thursday, January 26, 2012

January Technique Card

This is a little late getting to you, and for that I apologize. It's been a rough couple of weeks at my house -- my husband just lost his job and we've been scrambling to work out a plan for the future. Unfortunately, one of the side-effects of this whole mess is that I became a little depressed for a few days and didn't get online to do anything I was supposed to do. Luckily, I finally decided to pop back out of it and get on with my life, so I'll be posting all of my January cards this afternoon and evening.

So . . . on to the technique card for January -- embossing on velvet. This was such a fun and easy technique I don't know why I put off trying it for so long. It's also a very elegant look (click on the photo for a closer view)!


Stamp Set:
* Delightful Dozen (122650-w $32.95; 122652-c $24.95; set of12)

* Cherry Cobbler card stock (119685, 8-1/2” x 11”, 24 sheets, $6.95) (8-1/2” x 5-1/2”)
* Basic Black card stock (121045, 8-1/2” x 11”, 24 sheets, $6.95) (5-1/4” x 4”)
* Naturals White card stock (102316, 8-1/2” x 11”, 40 sheets, $7.50) (5-1/4” x 4” for inside; 5” x 3-3/4” for front; about 2” x 2-1/2” for die)

* Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad (101406, $7.95; refill ink $3.95)

* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439, $99.95)
* Framelits Labels Collection (125598, 6 dies, $26.95)**
* Framelits Hearts Collection (125599, 6 dies, $26.95)**
* Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976, $7.95)
* Basic Black 5/8” Satin Ribbon (117285, 15 yds., $8.95)
* Mini Glue Dots (103683, 300 dots, $4.95)
* Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430, 300 pcs., $3.95)
* Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755, $3.95)


1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock (Cherry Cobbler) at 4-1/4"; fold away from scoreline to create card.

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" card stock (Basic Black) to front of card.

3. Use Hearts Collection Framelit (I used the third from the smallest size) and the Big Shot to cut heart shape from Naturals Ivory 5" x 3-3/4" card stock; discard heart shape (or set aside for later use). Use Embossing Folder and Big Shot to emboss the the 5" x 3-3/4" card stock. Adhere to front of card over Basic Black card stock with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

4. Set iron to Wool setting. Set Flower Fancy stamp on ironing board wood side down (rubber side up). Lay velvet over stamp right side facing rubber stamp. Spritz lightly with water. Place iron directly onto back side of velvet and hold in place for 10 - 15 seconds. No need to put much pressure on it -- the weight of the iron is probably enough. Remove iron; remove velvet from rubber stamp; set aside to dry.

5. When velvet is dry, use Big Shot and same heart Framelit die as used on the Naturals Ivory to cut out shape. (Note: This type of die is designed to cut through one sheet of paper only, so you may have to run it back and forth through the Big Shot a few times before it cuts through the velvet. You can trim any remaining uncut areas with your paper snips.) Adhere velvet heart to front of card -- spread Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive where the Basic Black card stock shows through the heart shape in the Naturals Ivory card stock; carefully place velvet heart into this space covering up the Basic Black card stock.

6. Trim both ends of ribbon; fold in half and offset a little so both ends show; adhere to front of card near heart with Mini Glue Dot. (I usually put a Mini Glue Dot on the inside of the fold too, just to keep the ribbon from unfolding once it's on the card.)

7. Stamp sentiment on scrap of Naturals Ivory card stock; use Big Shot and smallest size of Labels Collection Framelits to cut out image. Run the side of the brush end of the Stampin' Write Marker around the edge of the shape to add a little contrast outline. Adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

NOTES re velvet: I've looked up this technique on several web sites. Most say that for safety or other reasons you should NOT use nylon velvet . . . do not use crushed velvet . . . do not use stretch velvet . . . you probably won't get good results with cotton velvet. Well, all I could find in my fabric store was nylon/acetate velvet and it worked swell. So I would advise you to buy a small amount of velvet and test before starting your project. (Velvet fabric isn't particularly cheap -- the stuff I bought was $14.99/yd., but for 20+ cards, I needed only 1/4 yard.)

I hope you enjoy this project . . . be watching later this afternoon and evening for more projects.

Cathy ;D

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