Saturday, 14 July 2012
CASual Friday - Let's Strip
This week's CASual Friday challenge is to use strips of paper. A couple of weeks ago, I found a pack of neon cardstock at Michael's! I love the pops of bright colour against the white and black. This bold Happy Birthday is a Michael's $1.50 stamp and is popped up on a dimensional (it's a little messy behind there! lol!)
I obviously still have sun cards on my mind - don't forget that you can still play along with CASology's first challenge until Sunday at noon (CST)!
For anyone interested, I share some thoughts on heat embossing:
When I want to emboss in black, I always follow this tip from Lisa Lara. Stamp in Versafine Onyx (it's a detail pigment ink) and then emboss with clear embossing powder - no little black flecks everywhere.
Also, a long time ago, when I was making some wedding invitations, I was embossing the envelopes. Because they were thin, they were burning, so I had to give some thought to how to limit the damage (the envelopes were red and not cheap!)
I covered a heavy piece of cardboard in foil, taped it at the back and I lay my cardstock on it when heating with the heat gun. My theory (which has now been tested by Darnell (you'll love her style - both her cardmaking and her story telling!)) is that the foil reflects the heat and therefore the powder is being heated from the front and back of the cardstock. This seems to result in less powder flying everywhere, and also, in less warping of the cardstock (although it doesn't completely eliminate it). But I find that if you let the card fibres 'relax', the warping pretty much disappears. (ETA - Julie says that she heats the cardstock from the back for a second after embossing and that this helps with warping. Can't wait to try it!)
Hope that helps!