We’ve been challenged this month to create a scrapbook background paper using our Globecraft & Piccolo embossing powders. Sometimes I’m surprised and delighted as to how these challenges evolve and what I am able to learn by working to meet them.
Click on the link to hop over to the Globecraft & Piccolo Blog to see a few ideas you can use to glam up your next scrapbook layout.
I rather enjoy the challenge of making cards nowadays. It took me a long time to feel comfortable creating a card, but it isn’t nearly as scary as it once was. I’ve learned to keep my designs simple, use my scrap papers and stick with simple embellishments. This first card is a design I use often. It’s great for using two pattern papers that coordinate and the pieces can be moved around, put at angles, left uneven and the design also works horizontally or vertically. The embellishments used here are by Globecraft & Piccolo, known as G&P. They’re a local company out of Midland, Michigan and I like their products.
I’m on their design team, but I was using their products long before that ever happened. What I like about the bookboard accents for card making is that they are pretty thin. If they’re adhered directly to the page and not lifted, they will go through the mail at a normal rate.
For the card above I removed the pieces from their backing and coated them with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze. This product leaves a nice shiny finish on the piece and acts as a sealer. These pieces are from the Birds & Butterflies Accents. There are enough pieces in this collection to easily stretch over two to three cards.
The Glastique is applied directly to the bookboard piece from the bottle with the fine tip and left to dry for a bit. I also used the Glastique as an adhesive to attach the bookboard pieces to the card.
The next card uses the G&P Girl’s Night Out Embossing Powder applied with the G&P Embossing Powder Adhesive with a dabber top. The dabber top on the embossing powder adhesive really helps it to apply easily and with good coverage. We always recommend rolling our jars of embossing powder to blend the granules rather than shaking which could cause the larger granules to sink to the bottom of the jar. The heart on this card has three coats of powder on it; each applied after the previous coat is cool to the touch and then heat set again till smooth. The variegation of colors in the powders gives the embossed pieces a great dimensional look.
The key is embossed with two coats of G&P Vintage Silver Embossing Powder in the same manner as the heart. Each piece is adhered to the card with Glastique. The embossing powders help to create a faux metal look which blends well with the paper selection.
Cardmaking is a fun activity that anyone can learn. It doesn’t have to be difficult and over-the-top. Keep your cards basic and simple and easy to mail. It’s the sentiment that you write on the inside that touches people’s heart and the just the thought alone that you cared enough to send a hand-made card.
If you read my post of Globecraft Memories today you’ll know that I’ve been making cards this week – and staying up WAY too late! Been playing around with our Piccolo Card Decor & More packets and really liking ’em! Love that all the pieces coordinate, punch out easily and have lots of detail. For this one I basically used several varieties of our Piccolo Enamel Powders – look at all the color on those gears!
Titled, “the journey awakens the soul,” the old jalopy and map paper from Tim Holtz mix great with the Vintage Gears, ST002 pack. After punching the pieces I decided to use our enamel powders and couldn’t decide which so used several!
This is Temple Stone on the frame. Our enamels have varying sizes and colors of enamels mixed so you get all that great Earthiness and texture.
The sentiment, Tim Holtz stamp CMS 063, uses Siam Silver. Like our 24K Gold, there is a fine silver glitter mixed in with the enamel. It is really pretty, especially when the light catches it. I stamped on white cardstock using our Piccolo Embossing Powder adhesive which comes in a dabber bottle! It is so easy to use and gives great coverage for the enamel powders!
This is the finished piece. Vintage Silver, Mardi Gras, Royal Sterling and Vintage Gold are used on the various gears and handle. See how the handle has lumps and bumps near the center? You can achieve that look with the Flash Heat technique of not heating the enamels all the way through. It gives it more of an organic and rustic appearance which I really like. The jalopy is from Tim Holtz Mini Muse CMS 063 stamp, stamped with Ranger’s Pitch Black Archival Ink then a coat of Glossy Glastique brushed over the top – feels really cool. I popped it up with dimensional foam squares and angled it slightly to make it look like it might be really traveling along the road.
Hop on over to our blog at Globecraft Memories for an entirely different card using our Piccolo Vintage Grape Vine, F010.