Michelle Last

Heat Embossing using Hello Friend from Stampin’ Up!

Technique 101 with Michelle Last

This months technique is heat embossing a real favourite of mine and I use it a lot as it really adds a pop and definition to your projects.  It is also perfect to use on those hard to stamp materials such as vellum.

Hello Friend from Stampin Up

I went super simple and embossed the wreath image direct onto Smoky Slate cardstock.  I then added the greeting in black ink and added a gingham bow and some rhinestones – really simple.

How to Heat Emboss
  • Sweep the embossing buddy across the cardstock to absorb any sticky or greasy areas on your card.
  • Ink up the desired image in Versamark Ink and stamp onto the cardstock.
  • Sprinkle over the chosen heat emboss powder, tapping off any excess.
  • If you have grains of embossing powder which are stuck to the cardstock where they shouldn’t be, rub them off or remove with a dry paint brush.
  • Turn on your heat tool and wait approx 20-30 seconds for it to heat up until you point it at the stamped image and watch the powder turn from dull/matt to a shiny sealed image once they are heat set.
  • Your image will now be heat set and permanent.
  • Be careful when embossing on delicate paper or cardstock such as vellum.
  • Remember to turn off and unplug your heat tool when not in use.

Let’s go and see what the other design team have made using Heat Embossing.  Next up is Frenchie, click the next button below but if you get lost then the list of particpants is shared below.

Technique 101 Next

 

1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2 .Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Leonie Schroder – Australia
4. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
5. Heike Vass – Germany
6. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

If you wish to purchase any of the items I have used to make this card, they are all available via my online shop.

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Technique 101 Blog Hop – Z Fold Card

For this months technique 101 blog hop we are making a Z Fold Card.

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

It is a really fun fold card which can be adapted to make so many different cards.

Z Fold Card Technique 101

I have kept my Z fold card pretty simple and let the stamps do the talking.

I cut a piece of whisper white cardstock to measure 10.5cm x 29.7cm.

I then cut an angled piece of card off the long edge to create the angled finish, see below. The top left corner (a) is positioned at 10cm on my trimmer and the bottom right corner (b) is positioned in the gully where the cutting blades passes and I cut off that angled strip of cardstock.

Z Fold Card Technique 101 with Michelle Last

I then scored the card at 9.9cm intervals so I have three sections.  I cut my patterned paper to a strip which measured 9.5cm wide and laid it on the panel where I wanted to add patterned paper.  I made sure that it was evening spaced between the right hand and left hand score line.  I moved the patterned paper up slightly (approx 2 widths from the bottom), slipped it over and marked with a pencil and trimmed off the excess.

Z Fold Card for Technique 101 Blog Hop

I should then have a piece of patterned paper which an even border on all sides with the same angle as the cardstock card base.

If you are super clever you can flip that piece of patterned paper and use the other pattern on the other side to adhere to another panel and that the angle is a perfect match!

I then stamped the front of my card with 4 colours of ink using the Blooms & Wishes stamp set.  Some of the colours were stamped onto my scrap paper before stamping on the card to give a lighter shade and two variations of colour from the same ink pad.

Pretty simple but yet very effective!  Shall we go and see what the other Z fold cards the design team members have made? Next up is Sonia Benedetti, just click the button below to go directly there….

Techniques 101 International Blog Hop

Here is the list of participants in the technique 101 blog hop in case you get lost along the way ……
1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2 .Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Leonie Schroder – Australia
4. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
5. Heike Vass – Germany
6. Michelle Last – UK < that’s me!
7. Sonia Benedetti – France

If you wish to purchase any of the items used to make this card simply click the images shown below to go direct to my online shop. And don’t forget to use my monthly hostess card to receive a free thank you gift for shopping with me!

It is the last day to make the most of the World Card Making Day 25% discount on selected items so grab yourself a bargain and stock up on paper while you are there as you will get 1 pack free with every 3 packs you order!

Please add the hostess code when placing an online order if you order is £20+ and less than £150 to receive a free thank you gift from me.

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Hang Your Stocking from Stampin’ Up!

I have made a shaker Christmas card using the Hang Your Stocking stamps and Christmas Stocking Thinlit Dies.  I embossed the edge of the Crumb Cake card with the retired Boughs & Berries Embossing Folder which is AVAILABLE IN THE CLEARANCE RACK for £4.20 in my online shop!

Hang Your Stocking from Stampin Up

I stamped the stocking in Blushing Bride ink and positioned it behind the die cut stocking.  I added a piece of acetate window sheet behind the die cut and added the foam adhesive strips to add dimension and room for me to add the fancy frost sequins.

I embossed the crumb cake cardstock with the Boughs & Berries Embossing Folder which is NOW £4.20 on the Clearance Rack – grab it quick before it sells out! Ignore the price listed in the showcase below, it will change when you get to my shop.

I sponged the raised impression with Whisper White Ink and added more ink using an aqua painter on the holly and berries to make them stand out more.

I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black Ink and added the linen thread, rhinestones and silver bells to finish it off.

Can you see I also added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the sequins to add some sparkle too 😉

All the items used in this card are available in my online shop, simply click any of the items below to see them in my shop and don’t forget to add the hostess code to receive a free thank you gift (when spending £20+ and less than £150).

I am here to help so please get in touch if you need me.

 

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Team Challenge – Stampin’ Up! Die Cut Flowers

I recently set a challenge to my team of Stampin Up Demonstrators to make a project using our range of die cut flowers.

We have so many lovely dies to use featuring flowers as shown below –

Die Cut Flower Challenge

I wanted to make something using the new Flourishing Phrases Stamp set and matching Flourish Thinlits….

Flourish Thinlits from Stampin Up

I made a simple bereavement card and stamped the background with leaves in Smoky Slate Ink.  I wrapped a piece of vellum around the card and stamped ‘With Sympathy’.  I adore the circle/flower border die cut and added that with a handmade flower using the Flourish Thinlits.  I die cut two flowers and sandwiched a layer of vellum between the two die cuts.  I added another smaller die cut flower and finished it off with a (retired) sparkly accent.

Flourishing Thinlits from Stampin Up

So now that I have whet your appetite, lets go an see what some of my wonderful team of demo’s have been busy making.  There are 22 entries and I am sharing their beautiful creations with you below….. But I need your help as I would love you to vote for your three favourite projects using die cut flowers.

All you have to do is click the heart in the top right hand corner of the image on your 3 favourite projects.

I will award the overall winner with a £20 stamping spree with me as a thank you for taking part. You have until Thursday 14th July at midnight (GMT) to vote and the winner will be announced on my blog on Friday.

I hope you are inspired by all our creations and please enjoy looking at the lovely projects, voting and perhaps visit my team blogs and leave a comment or two?

All the supplies I used to make my card is shown at the end of the blog post.

And don’t forget that every £45 you spend in July will get you a £4.50 coupon to spend in August (sent via email) and also if you order with me you will receive the free Jar of Love tutorial!
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Technique 101 – Simple Heat Embossing & New Stampin Up catalogue launch!

Welcome back, two posts in one day!!! The new catalogue launches today!  That means you can finally look inside the catalogue and see all the wonderful new goodies on offer. I am going to be placing a huge order today as I have been waiting 6 weeks to get my hands on some of the new items!

If you have not seen the new catalogue simply click the link on the right of my blog to open an pdf copy.  If you would like a paper copy, drop me an email/message with your address and I will post one out to you free of charge. All the specials and offers launched today are shared on the blog post earlier.

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

I also have a Technique 101 Blog Post for you which is sharing a simple card using a technique, this months technique is Heat Embossing.  It is such a WOW technique and if you have not tried it before you definitely need to give it a go….

Technique 101 - Heat Embossing using Love & Affection

I used a new stamp set called Love & Affection and simply stamped the sentiment and the floral designs around the edge of the card front using Versamark Ink.  Versamark Ink is more sticky than normal ink and takes longer to dry which gives you time to sprinkle the heat embossing powder on to your card front.  It only sticks where you have inked with the versamark.

Technique 101 - Heat Embossing using Love & Affection

I keep my embossing powder in plastic takeaway containers as it makes it easier to pour the excess back into the container.  If you find that the powder is sticking to the card in places where it shouldn’t you really need to invest in an embossing buddy as it removes any moisture or oil from the paper which the powder will want to cling to.

Once the powder has stuck to the inked image  you need to use your heat tool to melt and set your powder.   Turn on the heat tool and let it heat up for 30 seconds before pointing it at your cardstock to melt the powder.

Technique 101 - Embossing using Love & Affection

When the powder is melted it will go from dull to shiny.  You can see the leaves which are bright white, they have melted and you can move the heat tool to another area to melt the powder until it is all done.

Once it is melted and cooled you should be able to run your hand over the stamped images and the melted powder will not rub off.

I then simply added some rhinestones to add some bling and you are good to go!

I did a stepped up version of this card for my cruise swap with Stampin Up which you can see here……

Please continue to hop on over to Sonia in France to see some more ideas using heat embossing….

Techniques 101 International Blog Hop

Here is a list of all the participants of this technique 101 post, be sure to hop around and see lots more wonderful ideas using heat embossing…

Sandi MacIver – Canada (you are here)

Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand

Leonie Schroder – Australia

Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands

Heike Vass – Germany

Michelle Last – UK < that’s me

Sonia Benedetti – France

In the meantime please pop on over to my shop and place an order for all the lovely new products.  If your order is £20+ and less than £150 please use the hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me.

If your order is £150+ you will receive the hostess rewards for yourself so please check out the lovely new hostess items at the back of the catalogue as there are some gorgeous ones all at subsidised prices just for people spending £150+ or hosting a party.

 

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