Embossed White Snowflake on Blue Card

Embossing is a fairly easy technique to do at home that produces gorgeous results as with the white snowflake on the front of this card.


Check out your local craft store for an embossing heat tool, usually around $20, and the many colors of embossing powder you can use to give your cards a professional look.

Supplies

Large snowflake rubber stamp (simple patterns with thick lines are best for embossing)
Embossing inkpad
2 sheets blue heavyweight paper or cardstock
White embossing powder
Thin artist's paintbrush
Embossing heat tool
Decorative edge scissors
Scissors
1 sheet blue and white snowflake design paper (complementary color to cardstock)
Scrap piece of corrugated cardboard
Blue and white patterned ribbon
Snowflake stickers
Adhesive rhinestones

Directions

Step 1: Ink up rubber stamp with embossing ink and stamp snowflake pattern on to blue paper or cardstock. Sprinkle embossing powder over wet ink. Tap off excess powder so it is only in the ink and there are no specks on any other part of the paper. Use an artist brush if necessary to brush off excess powder (Tip: Shake off powder on to a piece of paper so you can put it back into the powder container and reuse it.)

Step 2: Read the manufacturer's instructions for the embossing heat tool before using it. Turn on the heat tool and hold it about 5 inches above the powder. Within 5 to 10 seconds the powder should "melt" into the embossed design. Continue over other areas of the snowflake until done. The embossing tool and process is an "adult only" craft and not for the kids!

Step 3: Use decorative edge scissors to create a square border around the embossed snowflake (refer to photo).

Step 4: Fold a sheet of blue paper or cardstock in half to make a card (Tip: Use a bone folder along the folded edge to make a nice flat crease). Cut the card into a square shape about 1-inch longer and wider than the embossed snowflake paper. Trim along the right side of the blue card's opening flaps with decorative edge scissors.

Step 5: Cut the blue and white snowflake design paper into a square that is about 1/2-inch less in length and width than the front of the blue card. Center the square on the front of the card and attach it to the card with double-stick tape.

Step 6: Set off the embossed snowflake paper by raising it off the card's surface. Cut the corrugated cardboard into a square that is half the size of the embossed snowflake paper. Attach the cardboard to the back of the embossed snowflake paper with double-stick tape. Then, center it on the front of the card and use double-stick tape on the back of the cardboard to attach it to the card.

Step 7: Accent the card with snowflakes stickers and an adhesive rhinestone in the center of the embossed snowflake. Add ribbon along the folded edge for a pretty touch (Tip: The ribbon in the photo is self-adhesive and from Martha Stewart's product line).

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