Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays - and Heat Embossing

I am hoping that you are enjoying a very MERRY CHRISTMAS
with those that you love.

As you can imagine from my last post, things have been wonderfully exciting and busy around our place the past few days. Our oldest daughter and her family of 7 (plus Cocker Spaniel) arrived on Sat. afternoon to join with her sister who was the object of the surprise video on Wed! We have been getting a lot of last minute Christmas preparations taken care of, as well as visiting, playing with the children, and feeding the multitudes! I was also the target of a BIG CHRISTMAS GRINCH when someone hijacked my bank account, by setting up a new online account, etc. in my name!! BIG FAT inconvenience to have my $$ all tied up in disputes, plus having my debit card out of commission right now! They are on to the people who did this, but still.....

For BettyBee's Buzz this week, we are showcasing one of my very favorite mediums, which is Heat Embossing. I think it takes a regular project and turns it into a WOW piece! On Monday, June did a nice tutorial that will be helpful, if you need a little info. I hope you won't mind revisiting a few of my favorite old-timers, as my studio is one VERY BUSY guest room at this time!!
The card above is a gorgeous Snow Swirled Cuttlebug Folder, which dry embosses the edges (gives the raised image). Then the snow and swirl were topped with Icicle Stickles. The "Merry Christmas" is a rubber stamp that I stamped in Versamark Ink (clear and sticky), and then immediately onto a red ink pad.... then I stamped my image, and sprinkled clear embossing powder over the lettering. Using a heat gun, I heated the letters only, leaving the stickled alone. The clear over the red "melts" and gives it a beautiful, raised glassy looking letter (heat embossing). SO ELEGANT! I just love this card!

This one features the embossing on the sentiment as well, though this one was embossed with a sticky embossing powder that is designed to get hot, and melt, so that glitter will adhere to it. Then you heat it again, and the glue becomes hard and permanent.

My next little friend here is a pattern from the Queen of fun cards and techniques, Dawn Griffin, and he is super fun and easy to put together. Click on the link at the left side of the page to check out the tutorial :)
I'll be back later in the week with more festivities and fun!

Happy Holidays :)



Beth said...

Betty each and everyone of your projects are real beauties and that snowman I just love him.
Hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

JenE said...

Merry Christmas! I'm sure you're enjoying your families visit! I love your cards. I love to heat emboss but it never ever comes out as nicely as yours. I think I need better embossing and inking supplies!

Jerri Jimenez said...

All three cards are totally adorable Betty! Wishing you a wonderful New Year! Jerri