One of the first major "WOW!!" things I experienced when I became involved with papercrafting was heat embossing. And the "WOW!!" has never left me. Every time I heat emboss I ask myself why I don't do it more often since I enjoy the process and the results so much.
When I made my first card using the Bamboo Beauty stamp set (see previous post) I immediately envisioned a card using the bamboo stalks as an embossed background. This card uses Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder and Copper Foil Sheets.
It was hard to capture the way the copper in this card stands out against the Basic Black, so I took a picture with the card lying flat.
This card begins with a panel of Basic Black cardstock. The two bamboo stalks from the Bamboo Beauty stamp set were stamped on the panel using Versamark ink. The large and small leaf branches were stamped among the stalks, also with Versmark ink. The stamped images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped off the panel, and the embossing powder melted with the Heat Tool. The panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger mat of Basic White cardstock.
Linen Thread was wrapped around the panels four times with the ends of the thread adhered at the back of the Basic White panel. The bottom edge of the Linen Thread wrap is 1-1/4" above the bottom edge of the Basic Black panel. The panels were adhered to a panel of Copper Foil Sheets with the bottom and right edge of the Basic White panel 1/16" from the bottom and right edges of the Copper Foil Sheets panel. Note that the top and left edges of the Basic White panel are 1/4" from the top and left edges of the Copper Foil Sheets panel. The panels were adhered at the center of the Basic Black card front.
The "A True Friend is the one..." sentiment was stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The sentiment was die cut with the rounded end rectangle label die from the Painted Labels dies. The label was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the right end of the label 3/16" from the right edge of the Basic White panel and the bottom edge of the label 3/4" above the bottom edge of the Basic Black panel.
The thin and thick bamboo stalks were stamped along the left side of a panel of Basic White cardstock using Versamark. The small leaves branch was stamped twice among the two stalks, also using Versamark ink. The images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped off the panel, and the embossing powder melted with the Heat Tool. The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.
The "Grateful for all that you do" sentiment was stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The Basic White cardstock was adhered at the center of a slightly larger mat of Basic Black cardstock and adhered at the upper center of the Basic White panel.
Since I was on a roll with the heat embossing, I decided to continue the theme along the left front of the Medium Basic White Envelope using the same process as used for the inside of the card.
We have so many great tools that allow us to do some amazing things with paper. I hope that this card inspires you to dust off your Stampin' Emboss Powders and Heat Tool.
Basic Black: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 7/8" x 1-7/8"; Basic White: 3-5/8" x 4-7/7", 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4", 3/4" x 1-3/4"; Copper Foil Sheets: 4" x 5-1/4"; Linen Thread: 32"
Supplies I used to make this card
Stamps: Bamboo Beauty; Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic White, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments: Linen Thread; Tools: Painted Labels dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, Metallics Stampin' Emboss Powder (Copper), Heat Tool; Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals; Other: Medium Basic White Envelope