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Monday, 25 May 2009

Heat embossed dragon card

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.


Linda said...

Your embossing is very neat. You've created a very smart card for a male, well done.
Linda x

Karen said...

Ahhh the delights of heat embossing!!! You have used lovely colours for your dragon. I like this card very much X

Kimmie said...

I think you're hooked ;)
Turned out great ... whoever the guy is ... he'll love it!

Lynn said...

I just checked out all of your posts and You, my dear, are hilarious!
very creative!

Rosemary said...

Loved this card, I'm with you (all about the blingyness). What I also want to compliment you about is the lovely colors on this card! So often, masculine cards aren't bright and colorful (and we all know they secretly love brightness). Really fun blog you have here!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my "shell art" :) Yep two stamps are all I have. As for embossing woooo that's way beyond my comfort level!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mexico

Lynne said...

I've just come to your blog by way of Awfully Big Art Adventure. I like it. I like your sense of humour. I'll be back!