I’ve been playing around with fun ways to use heat embossed wood elements from the Butterfly Elements, a free item in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Such a fun way to add a special touch to a project! Included with this project are a video tutorial and a FREE pdf tutorial. If you are reading me from your email and want to download the pdf tutorial, just click here to come over to the post on my blog and download it from here.
Cardmaking with one color
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measurements for this project
This project is mostly stamping though a brush is used to enhance the images.
Today’s featured stamp set is Flowering Desert, a set filled with cactus images. The look is artistic and what I like best about it is the option to “build my own cactus”. How cool it this?
Inspiration for this project came from all over the place, really! Cactus images are very trendy in home decor and fashion and I’m excited when I see a new cactus idea displayed in advertising. If you are new to cardmaking, these projects will allow you to learn a few techniques as well, including the wet on wet watercolor technique and how to add heat embossing to wood.
Step by Step Instructions
- Create the card base by scoring at the 5 1/2″ mark and burnish (press) the fold. Set aside.
- Stamp the large cactus image onto the Watercolor panel with Lemon Lime Twist ink. Use the Aqua Painter filled with tap water to paint directly over the cactus, this will smear the color a bit. Dip the brush tip in the Pear Pizzazz and add color to the left side of the cactus. Dip the brush tip in the Tranquil Tide and add color in the same way. This creates a shadow toward one side of the cactus while leaving the opposite edge a lighter shade.
- Stamp the small long leafed image in also in Lemon Lime Twist and follow the previous steps to add shadows as in the large cactus. Add this image again partly behind the large cactus by placing a scrap of paper over the large cactus as a mask. Make this cactus darker as it lays more in the shadows. Add darker green to the area where the two cactus meet.
- Stamp the little “builder” cactus piece in Tranquil Tide and brush over the color as in previous images. Leave this cactus dark to help it stand out from the others.
- Add color with Highland Heather to the background, this will represent moonlight. First, use clean brush water to wet the background but not saturate the paper. When adding the purple, it will spread more even this way (it’s called the wet-on-wet technique). Leave a circle empty of color, it will be colored later. Apply the purple right up to but not over the green color. Now add moonlight shadows with a darker concentration of Highland Heather.
- Paint the moon with Gray Granite.
- Die cut this panel with a Rectangle Stitched die once it is dry.
- Create the sentiment by stamping the greeting in VersaMark ink onto the Gray Granite scrap and add White Emboss Powder, then heat set.
- Create the heat embossed wood elements from the Butterfly Elements. Select three twig images then dip them onto the VersaMark stamp pad. Now dab the stamped side into Silver Emboss Powder and heat set the powder. Be careful of the Heat Tool… I like to hold it in place with the Paper Piercing Tool to protect my fingers.
- Adhere the Watercolor panel to the card base with SNAIL Adhesive then the sentiment with Stampin Dimensionals. Slide the heat embossed wood elements just under the sentiment and secure with Mini Glue Dots.
Here is a FREE PDF tutorial for this project! Click below to view and download.
CLICK HERE to watch a video tutorial for this project.
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Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Thick Cardstock  – Price: $7.75 – http://msb.im/SgG
Watercolor Paper  – Price: $5.00 – http://msb.im/SgH
Aqua Painters  – Price: $17.00 – http://msb.im/SgI
Highland Heather Classic Stampin’ Pad  – Price: $7.50 – http://msb.im/SgJ
Gray Granite Classic Stampin’ Pad  – Price: $7.50 – http://msb.im/SgK
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad  – Price: $7.50 – http://msb.im/SgL
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad  – Price: $7.50 – http://msb.im/SgM
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad  – Price: $7.50 – http://msb.im/SgN
Big Shot  – Price: $110.00 – http://msb.im/SgO
Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies  – Price: $35.00 – http://msb.im/SgP
Gray Granite 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  – Price: $8.50 – http://msb.im/SgQ
White Stampin’ Emboss Powder  – Price: $5.00 – http://msb.im/SgR
Butterfly Elements  – Price: $0.00 – http://msb.im/SgS
Versamark Pad  – Price: $9.00 – http://msb.im/SgT
Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder  – Price: $5.00 – http://msb.im/SgU
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)  – Price: $30.00 – http://msb.im/SgV
Stampin’ Dimensionals  – Price: $4.00 – http://msb.im/SgW
Snail Adhesive  – Price: $7.00 – http://msb.im/SgX
Mini Glue Dots  – Price: $5.25 – http://msb.im/SgY
Having more ways to create a focal point on your project can make a project work for you. I hope you like this project and will come back to visit often! Thanks for stopping by today.
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