Today I’m sharing a little Lindy’s Stamp Gang love and showing off one of the new products Purely White Embossing Powder. I’m also hoping to inspire you a little with 3 different Christmas Cards all using the same basic technique, but which look quite different. I don’t know about you, but Christmas cards always cause me a little bit of panic over: how will I get them all done, how can I keep the costs down, what can I make that is a bit different? Well using this technique you can make unique and individual cards that are fun and all without too much stress – plus make them as funky or elegant as you like!
What I used:
- Lindy’s Stamp Gang Products
Starburst Sprays – California Poppy Gold, Hottie Patottie Hot Pink, Azure Sea Asters, Silent Night Silver, Tiffany Lou Blue & Tea Pot Purple
Flat Fabios – Tweedle Dee Denim
Embossing Powder – Purely White
- Matboard Squares 4″, 2″ & 1″
- Ink Pads: Versamark Watermark Ink, Archival Ink, Distress Ink, Delicata Ink and Brilliance Ink
- Assorted Stamps
- Mini Ink Blending Tool
- Assorted Embellishments
What I Did:
We are going to begin with the basic technique. I’ve used the one idea to make 3 very different cards, each used different levels of materials and took varied lengths of time to create. I’m hoping that one of these 3 may appeal as your 2014 home made Christmas cards!
Grab your favourite Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst colour combinations, mine are:
California Poppy Gold, Hottie Patottie Hot Pink,
Azure Sea Asters, Silent Night Silver &
Tiffany Lou Blue & Tea Pot Purple
Locate some suitable thick card or matboard – I used Art Squares.
Spray one colour randomly onto the matboard, this one is California Poppy Gold.
Add your second colour so that none of the white is left sowing through, I used Hottie Patottie Hot Pink and leave to dry completely, this may take a few hours.
And for some variation also use opaque inks.
Now for the final layer. Stamp images over your background using a clear sticky ink
(I used Versamark Watermark ink).
Cover with Lindy’s Embossing Powder in Purely White – word of warning this stuff is fabulous, you may want to buy more than one jar! It’s crisp, opaque and produces beautiful fine detailed images.
Set the powder using a heat tool or embossing gun.
Your finished matboard piece may look a little something like this…
Now – so all your cards don’t look too much alike, I’m showing you an extra idea that you can use to create a coordinating background! It’s low stress and even uses some of the same steps as the matboard panel!
First cut your card front to size then using clear sticky ink stamp images onto 2 corners – I chose corners opposite each other.
Cover with Embossing Powder – Purely White and tap off any excess.
Make sure you remove any ‘stray’ bits of powder – you want beautiful crisp images like this, then heat set powder with an embossing gun.
Using a water based ink (not archival, waterproof or india ink) like Distress Ink pads, apply the ink using an ink blending tool. I swirled the colour over the embossed images in little circular motions.
You will find that the embossing powder acts as a resist and you will get a beautifully coloured background and a stunning white image.
These won’t need much to finish them off!
Just decide whether you want fun and funky or elegant and sophisticated!
I’ve gone with fun and funky for this first card. I’ve rounded the edges, stamped ‘Joy’ in the same colour ink I used on the matboard panel and then flicked some of the Hottie Patottie Hot Pink over the background.
I’ve kept my second card a bit more subtle and elegant, using silver embellishments to highlight the shimmer colour in the Lindy’s central panel.
For my final card I’ve used the resist background and made this a little more fancy, though still simple to make.
Well that’s all from me today, I hope you’ve learned something new or been inspired to try a technique that you haven’t used for a while :)