I have just got a heat gun and embossing powders.
What blissful Shiny shiny!
I had thought previously that I couldn't see what the fuss was all about with heat embossing as I had only seen it in photos which so does not do it justice, and had no idea how good it was until I saw it demonstrated.
It's just magic how the dull powder turns liquid and sort of boils into gorgeous shinyness right in front of your very own eyes.
~Lovely shiny magic~
This is a card for a man, which I'm really pleased with because I've no interest in making men cards (where's the bling going to go?) but this one well meets my quota of shiny content.
I used a set of Dovecraft stamps called "Fantasy Emblems" (Not to be confused with Fantasy Embolisms which I don't think would sell very well). I embossed with sparkly black and copper "Heat it up" powders. I painted the dragon with Cosmic shimmer watercolour paints in Lava Red, Purple Violet, Emerald Gold and Olympic Gold. If I do it again I'm going to heat emboss Happy Birthday in black as well. The background paper is one from Papermania Inspirations Colossal paper pack. I used a Pritt glue stick for all the glueing.
If you are even newer to all this than I am, save yourself some crafting sadness with this tip about how to prevent card or paper from warping and wrinkling after glueing.
I do this if I glue any large area with a wet glue or even with a glue stick if the paper or card is thin. I compress the glued pieces on a hard flat surface with 3 sheets of plain white paper above and below it and put a real heavy weight book or two on top and leave it to dry 1/2 hour or so (longer with a wet glue). Use plain paper as anything with print on it may transfer onto the art piece because these pieces of paper absorb the moisture. I have also finally found, after twenty years or so of gathering dust, a use for that ginormous illustrated Oxford Dictionary that needs a small crane to lift it and that seemed like a good idea at the time.
It's the lure of a book with pictures that gets me every time.