Don’t you just love it when you find new uses for your crafting supplies? This week, while making a birthday card for my daughter, Angie, I found a new use for a flower stamp.
The project started out with a simple dragonfly cut-out from my Silhouette library–Angie loves dragonflies. After cutting it out, I had to decide how best to colour and decorate it. Then I came up with the idea to create some sort of design on the wings that I could colour with either my Sparkling H2O water paints or my Copic markers. I searched through my stamps and found a simple little flower stamp ( you can see the flower on the photo of the envelope, below…way below).
The first photo shows the front of the card. the second photo shows a close-up of the wings. I’m still trying to get the right lighting for my photos, but I hope you can see how glossy and sparkly the finished image is. If you like it, then please read on for the simple steps I used to achieve this effect.
1. Cut out the shape you wish to use (I’ve used a dragonfly).
2. Select one of your stamps with an interesting design–I used a simple flower stamp.
3. Stamp the image randomly onto your shape, using a pigment ink.
4. Cover the shape with embossing powder in the colour of your choice (I used black).
5. Use your heat gun to dry the embossing powder–that’s what gives it the shiny, raised effect.
6. Paint the shape with water colour paints–I used Sparkling H2Os, but I think other types of water paint would also create wonderful effects. I used four different, but complementary, colours on my dragonfly.
7. I love sparkle, and so does my daughter, so I added some dots of pink glitter glue to the wings.
8. As for the body, I simply coloured it with a water-based black marker and then covered it with black embossing powder. I used the heat gun until the embossing powder became shiny.
For the background of the card, I used one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders. There were so many that looked good, but in the end, I decided to go with the branch. To add some pizzazz, I used clear glitter glue to add bling to the branches and leaves.
That’s pretty much all there was to creating the front of the card. I found a sweet sentiment about a dragonfly, which I posted inside the card on the left panel. I wrote a personal greeting for the inside right panel.
I always finish the back of my cards and add my Globug Ideas logo.
Here is the envelope…you can see the flower I used to stamp on the dragonfly’s wings.
If you have some new uses for crafting supplies and tools, please leave me a comment and I would be happy to share your ideas with our fellow-crafters. And, of course, I will give you the credit!!