Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Monday Tutorial - Heat Embossing and Brayer Technique

Hello crafty ladies!
This is the card I am going to show you how to do today!

1. The first task is to make the motif that will be central to the card. I used the rose from this lovely little Miss Caroline 'Howdy Doody Baby' stamp set. For this card I have also used a ready folded card and matching envelope from Hero Hues -'Snow'.

So, take a small piece of plain white card. this should be somewhat larger than the image as you do not want to burn your fingers when using the embossing gun! First, it is a good idea to wipe the card with an anti-static pad. Mine is a hand-made fabric sachet containing corn powder. (Baby powder can also be used).

Place the stamp on an acrylic block and apply Versamark embossing ink to the it. Make an impression on the card.

Another good idea is to keep your embossing powder in a shallow plastic box with a spoon. When you spoon the powder (this is Zing! rose opaque finish embossing powder) over the image, any powder that does not adhere to it will just fall back into the tray.

Alternatively apply the powder over a folded piece of scrap paper (this is Zing! frost) then the excess powder can easily be returned to the pot by pouring along the crease.

Heat set the embossing powder with an embossing gun.

The next step with the motif is to paint it with ink. (This is emboss resist painting). The chosen colours are smeared onto a craft mat. This is a heat resistant, non-stick, wipe clean crafting surface. I find the 'splat mat' absolutely indispensable!

Spritz the ink with water. Take a small paintbrush and paint the image as required.

Set the image aside to dry.

There may be surplus ink left on the mat. Do not just wipe it away and waste it - Soak it up with a spare piece of card. It can be used for another project later. (This process is called wrinkle-free distressing).I have used a scalloped circle from the red piece to mat an image in another card! 

2. The second task is to make the coloured strip which lies behind the rose motif. Cut a piece of white card 2.25 inches wide and the height of the card. Put your craft mat away for the time being and work on a piece of absorbent paper. This is kids' drawing paper which I have in a roll for when the grandchildren want to draw!

A brayer is needed and a variety of inks...

With a 'roll and lift' action apply ink to the roller from the ink pad, then roll this onto the card, again with a 'roll and lift' action. I chose to use Tim Holtz 'Victorian Velvet' and 'Festive Berries' Distress Ink but other inks like the Ranger Jenni Bowlin 'cough syrup' above would be equally effective.

Then take the rose stamp and the darker ink pad and stamp randomly over the strip. Finally the strip is distressed on all edges with this same ink and a blending tool.

Use the brayer to apply the darker ink to another strip of card. Here a pale strip is shown, a stamped pale strip and the darker strip to show the difference.

3. The final step is to assemble the card and to add embellishments. The small rose motif is trimmed to a small rectangle, as is part of the plain brayed strip to be matted behind it. These are then glued together using white glue.

 The strip is glued into space and I have then used 3 fancy pins just pinned slightly behind the strip.

The pins are further kept in place using a thick mounting tape. More mounting tape is used on the motif to put that in place.

Alternatively dimensionals can be used to stick the motif in place.

Finally embellishments are added to finish the card - and here are my three examples:

4. One last little thing - I like to add a stamped image on the envelope to match...either on the front or the flap!

Hope you like my ideas and will have a go!!

Materials Used:
White card - Layering paper could be used.

1 comment:

  1. Great tutorial Sue, and lovely cards! Thanks for sharing!


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