Floral Birthday Card - Paper Emboss Technique
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, everyone. My sister's birthday is coming up soon and her son wanted to give her something special. He couldn't find a card that he liked so he asked his favorite aunt for help. I was more than happy to oblige.
I brainstormed for the better part of the morning on what I could use that looked feminine yet given from a teenage son. I thought this ribbon heart die was perfect. I started this project by using a stitched die I bought from Amazon to cut the larger decorative shape from vellum. I used a smaller die of the same shape to cut some white card stock for the heart ribbon die. It was just big enough to have the whole image inside the stitching. Instead of die cutting it I decided I would use the die to impress the image on the card as well as heat emboss it. To get this look, press your die in to Versamark then on your paper. Tape it down with washi or a low tac tape to make sure the die doesn't slide around on the paper.
With the die taped to the paper you are going to run this through your die cutting machine. The Spellbinders Platinum 6 machine has a tan embossing mat that comes with the machine that is perfect for this technique. Use that and follow the directions on the platform to create your sandwich. The impression I had the first time around was a little too deep and it cut through in some places. I did it a second time but used a note card instead of the cutting plate. It came out great but I will caution you to be careful with running things through you machine that aren't made for it.
My card blank is 4" by 6" and I cut the floral patterned paper to 6" by 8" and glued it to the blank. From there I glued the vellum and white card stock mats centered to front of the card. If you're wondering, the pretty floral background came from a paper pad I found in Wal-Mart. This paper pad was the first one I bought from Wal-Mart and I didn't know that it was just designer paper and not card stock. I didn't think I was ever going to use it after that but you can't keep a good crafter down. Now it's one of my favorites and I always thumb through it for color ideas or inspiration.
I already gave this card to my nephew and he is waiting for her birthday to give it to her. I'll let you know what she says when she gets it! Happy almost birthday, sis!