Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Embossing Embroidery Patterns!!! for Cards/Scrapbooking (With Easy Tutorial)

I'm SO excited! This is not a finished project (no time!)--but just had to share this, since it's so very easy and super fun (also very affordable.) This isn't a stamp, but it opens up a whole new plethora of embossing opportunities. You can use beautiful free embroidery patterns (or any line-image) for glue pen embossing!

Simple How to:

1) Print the pattern/image you like onto cardstock (You can use any image you like. Your own drawings, Clip art or any line drawing--This is a great way to immortalize Children's creations.) You can also do google image searches to find things you like...

This pattern is from this Ladies in Red site.
You can print on fast to save ink (it gets covered.)

2) Wipe cardstock with an anti-static bag (embossing buddy...)

3) Take a Sakura Quickie Glue pen and trace over it's lines. Really easy--just work in batches so the glue doesn't dry.

4) Sprinkle embossing powder over the wet glue lines. (You can work in different colours of embossing powder too--here's an example) Glue pen embossing is also great for detailed emboss resist or for custom sentiments or on the inside of cards.

5) Heat gun it. I've found it stands up to the heat nicely.

6) Colour your image (if desired), or do emboss resist. This also looks great on dark cardstock (just use a white pencil crayon or white transfer paper to put the design onto your dark cardstock.)

Some sources for embroidery patterns:

flower designs
free patterns
embroidery pattern
free patterns
McCalls patterns
Patterns from Honey Bee
Flower pattern
Patterns courtesy of Ruth
Needlecrafter patterns
Patterns on flickr
Kid's colouring pages
many templates
textile patterns

Happy Craftin!

P.S. Much thanks to Mary Corbet (who's Needle'n'thread site helped me find a lot of these)
P.S.S. I'm not sure what to make with this (It's large: 6" by 7" or so)
Any ideas??? :0)


Cathrine StClair said...

Very cool idea! I have a Versamark pen, but its not the greatest - I bet the quickie glue pen is much better! TFS!

Allison Rankin said..., where to get a glue pen? Hmm...

Geri said...

Oh this is great! I can't wait to try it!

Margaret McDonald said...

Hmmmm. You've been very busy Ms MMMM! do you have an essay due?!!
Auntie M

Carol P said...

These remind me a little of those psychedelic flocked cards from the 70s. In a good way of course :)

Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

Michelle Pearson said...

another great I the only one who wonders when you sleep?! ;) lovin' your ideas!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Fantastic! Just amazing work! I love the colors you used on finishing it off!

Melanie said...

aren't you the CLEVEREST! awesome, thansk for the glue pen embossing tip!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mel: I have been looking at your site and using some of your templates for awhile now. No business stuff ... just cards and boxes for friends. But, I want to tell you, how very special you are. I love all your creations and I am sure all who use your creations are as thrilled as I am that you are so kind and generous with your talent. THANKS!