Friday, January 6, 2012

Valentine for Make It Monday #47

Oh that wonderful time of the year is upon us - Valentine's Day, when hearts reign supreme. There is something wonderful about all the shapes hearts can assume. Hearts are as varied as tea pots and pitchers - two other physiques I adore. They speak of infinite possibilities in design. After that love song to hearts, I have a rather humble card made for Papertrey's Make It Monday #47 challenge. (Wasn't it grand seeing all those Make-It-Monday's in one spot?)
I chose the Make It Monday #45: Coloring Embossed Images with Copics. I did discover two interesting items to put in my bag of tricks. First, I wanted my all hearts to be in a row and evenly spaced. I placed the stamps (image side face down) on my cut card, with approximately even spacing. Then I took a straight bamboo stick and slid it along the paper until all the hearts tops were touching it. (I used a plastic ruler for my first try, but when I pulled it away, the stamps just clung to it, so 'unclingy' straight edges are necessary for this trick.) Tweak the spacing of the hearts; remove your 'level', and place your acrylic block on top. Voila!
 Note: The reason this trick worked so well is because Papertrey cuts their shaped stamps carefully and just at their perimeter.

Sanford Permanent Markers were used to color the white embossed hearts. This worked very well, but I had to be sure that I did not color over an area I had just covered, or a bit of dissolved embossing powder (from the alcohol in the marker?) would deposit itself on the felt tip and ruin the felt tip's performance. (Some of the white emboss did come off the tip if I wiped the point on paper.) The problem was solved by letting the ink dry on the emboss before making another pass.

Papertrey supplies: Heart Prints stamp set  and Raspberry Fizz + Pure Poppy + True Black papers
Other supplies: Personel Stamp Exchange white emboss powder, Creative Beginnings white pigment inkpad 'Just for Embossing' (this is a great coverage white ink), Sanford Sharpie pens, bamboo skewer
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