Thursday, June 12, 2014

A New (to me!) Technique!

I am SOOO excited about the project I have for you today!  It uses a new technique I just came across and it is such fun!  It's called Hot Glue Embossing and boy did I go to town on this card...check it out:

Any-occasion card featuring the Hot Glue Embossing Technique
Isn't that cool??  Here's how I did it:

  • Starting with a piece of watercolour paper, I spritzed it liberally with water.  Then I splashed drops of reinker, in the following order:  Hello Honey, Pear Pizzazz and Lost Lagoon.  I let the ink do it's thing...helping it along with a small paint brush in spots to ensure the entire piece of paper was inked.
  • Once the paper was dry I squeezed strings of hot glue all over it.  I worked from a height of about 12" above the paper to get thin strings of glue.  I also at times added a couple of large daubs for interest.
  • While the glue was still tacky I sprinkled the whole thing with gold embossing powder and shook off the excess.  Then I heated the glue with my heat tool, melting the glue and activating the embossing powder at the same time.  The glue strands smooth out nicely and also move around a bit during this process.
  • I then mounted my masterpiece on a piece of gold foil paper and matted that with a piece of Lost Lagoon card stock.  
  • The background is embossed using the Pretty Print (retired) TIEF.
  • The sentiment is from the new Work of Art stamp set.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment from the Best of Greetings set (retired) and added a bit of Watercolour Wonder Washi tape.



I love the simplicity of this card...and the technique?  Well let's just say I'll be experimenting with it a whole lot more once I get finished with my report cards!

Now for some fun news!  I am FINALLY getting my very own craft studio!!  A room in our home has recently been vacated by a gal who had been living with us and it is soon to become stampin' heaven on earth!  I can't wait to get started on it.  I have a design in mind and I'm getting some fantastic (free!) shelving and cabinets to make it happen.  It will take some work and  a whole lot of creativity, but I am so looking forward to the challenge!  I am going to document my progress here during the month of July.  I won't have time to get much done till then, as I am swamped with end-of the-school year craziness.  I also likely won't have much time to stamp while this project unfolds, so I hope you'll bear with me.  I can't wait to share this dream-come-true with all of you and, who knows...maybe I'll give you an idea or two for how you can improve your little corner of stampin' heaven ;)

5 comments:

  1. Leena this is so awesome. Love the texture. And so simple to do. I will definitely experiment with this technique.

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  2. LOVE it! Maybe now I'll actually use my glue gun. Thanks for the step by step instructions. You're card is stunning!

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  3. This card is gorgeous. It is a fabulous design and very clever. I love the texture on it. I am so excited to see you do your new room. That's wonderful for you. Now you'll have your own "happy place" to hang out.

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  4. What a great card and a new (to me) technique. I love that gold look. I would never have thought to use embossing powder on glue. It worked beautifully. I can't wait to see how your new room comes out. How wonderful to have your very own card cave.

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  5. Your card is piece of art! Very cool - this is the first time I've seen the hot glue technique. Awesome!

    I can't wait to see your craft studio, and have no doubt it'll be fantastic!!

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