These Caardvarks Sketchfest sketches are mojo helpers BIG time--
especially since I'm what you might call "layout challenged!"
Today is day 3 of Caardvarks Sketchfest with Studio Calico!
All of the crews cards were made with the contents of
Studio Calico's gorgeous "Director's Cut" kit.
Their September kit is HOT too! & this add-on has me a droolin'
Not sure if this is a new Cuttlebug technique-Who knows anymore in the fabulous free-for-all that is crafting? Who cares, right? LOL. But maybe this will be new to you & you can have some fun with it.
It couldn't be simpler: just add clear embossing to an embossed piece of patterned paper.
- All of these papers & embellishments are from the Studio Calico "Director's Cut" kit. I don't know how they pack so many nifty goodies in one kit, but I'm mighty thankful!
- Versamark (or other clear embossing ink)
- Paint brush
- Provo Craft (or other embossing folder)
- Cuttlebug (or other machine)
- U.T.E.E. (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) or regular clear e.p.
- Heat gun
- Paper piercer, needle, green & red thread, & black seed beads
- Black cardstock
- Corner rounder punch (for scallops) & exacto blade
Step 1) Apply a thick coat of Versamark (or other clear embossing ink) onto a Cuttlebug embossing folder (I like painting it on from the refill bottle, since that protects my Versamark pad from wear & gets lotsa juicy Versamark on the folder.) ;O)
If you don't like messing up your folders, you could just emboss the paper in an ink free folder (like you normally do) and then apply the Versamark to the embossed paper instead of the folder. I think I just need to make a mess to feel like I'm crafting & I wanted lots of Versamark colouration soaked in the paper.
Step 2) Cut your patterned paper to size & lay it in the Versamark area of your folder. (The sticky Versamark holds it in place quite nicely.)
Step 3) Dry emboss the paper by running the folder through the Cuttlebug.
Step 4) Add U.T.E.E. (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) to the dry embossed (and now Versamark covered) paper.
Step 5) Melt the U.T.E.E. with a heat gun.
Step 6) If you'd like the glassiness to be nice & thick, add more Versamark...
Step 7) ...and add more U.T.E.E.
Step 8) Heat it with the heat gun again. You may get a bit of curling but a bit of strong adhesive will fix that (or you can set it under a stack of books for a while to un-curl)
Optional, stick your glassy embossing in the freezer & crack the clear embossing glaze if you like. You can ink the cracks too.
Step 9) To make the mat, I stitched on some of the "Little Yellow Bicycle" Journal tablet Everyday labels from the Studio Calico kit & one of the stickers too...with green & red thread. Those labels are such nifty card elements. I'm hooked on those puppies!
Step 10) The glassy Cuttlebug piece is mounted on black cardstock & then a circle (cut from the same patterned paper in the Studio Calico kit.) Then, it's stitched with black seed beads and red thread.
Step 11) To make the Decorative strip, I did this stuff:
A) Stuck a piece of the MakingMemories Great Escape masking tape onto black cardstock
B) Trimmed it & then used a corner punch to scallop it.
C) I used an exacto blade to cut a slit (to keep the word "memorable" from being covered up.)
You can colour this masking tape with Copic markers too, to get any colour you like.
Thank You sooooooh much for taking time out
of your busy day. Hope you find time to play!
P.S. my Sunday & Monday Sketchfest cards are here: