Archive for June 24th, 2008

Happy St. Jean Baptiste Day! (Fête nationale du Québec)

This will be the first in a series of posts of “QUICK N EZ” card ideas—when you realize your neighbor’s birthday is…today…or when you simply don’t have 2-3 hours of good craft time

SIMPLE STAMP IDEA #1:  use one stamp for background pattern AND raised embossed embellishment

MATERIALS:

  • eco-white cardstock from Paper Source
  • “fleur de lys” stamp from Plaid Enterprises
  • purple ink (Stampa Barbara)
  • light green glossy cardstock
  • copper pigment from Color  Box
  • gold embossing tinsel (as opposed to powder)
  • dbl sided foam tape (3M)

TECHNIQUE:  I sparsely inked the stamp for the background pattern as I wanted a faded look and variations of ink heaviness.  Foam stamps are good for this.  Then I stamped a well-inked fleur-de-lys on the green glossy cardstock with copper pigment.  Again, there were light areas of ink and this was perfect for the look I wanted to achieve. The areas of green with the copper/gold combo give it a wonderful patina effect.  Finally, I cut out the fleur-de-lys with an exacto knife, and placed it in the center of the card with foam tape.

CAUTION:  To achieve a fully “molten” look (see photo below) with the embossing tinsel it does require more time with the heat gun than is usually necessary (or eh…safe?).  The paper will get VERY hot and you will probably notice some changes in the color of the actual paper.  This is not an issue for this project as I cut the shape out with a craft knife.  But make sure you are watching carefully.

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