I think this is my favourite of the cards I've made lately.
It was for a card swap so I made 12 of them. Originally I was going to emboss the butterfly in black but it was midnight so John and the kids were sleeping and I didn't want to wake them with the heat gun. (Not that the heat gun is that loud, but doesn't everything sound so much louder in a quiet, sleeping house.)
I looked around and noticed my Crystal Effects bottle so used that instead. The Swallowtail butterfly is stamped with StazOn black ink then there's a thick coat of Crystal Effects over the top. So thick that I used an entire bottle on my 12 swaps. I started out using a brush, but found it easier to just use the nozzle to aim.
I was rather impressed that I managed to resist touching them that night to check if they were dry.
(I ALWAYS end up leaving a fingerprint by checking too early!)
Left overnight, they were ready to go in the morning.
I've used Summer Starfruit and Basic Gray cardstock. I really didn't care for Summer Starfruit when these new In Colours were released, but it has grown on me. Now I've used a whole pack and need to order more! I love it with black and grey.
The grey cardstock is spritzed with some Isocol/Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to give some sparkle. The ribbon is the very elegant 1 1/4" Two Tone Basic Gray/Black ribbon. (Pg 13.)
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Page 18. $24.95 clear mount (note - you'll need a large block) or $30.95 wood mount.
Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Page 6. $13.95. I really love this folder, but then again I am completely addicted to embossing folders.
For beginners: You need a Big Shot die cutting machine (or other die cutting tool) to use the embossing folders and cutting dies. Definitely one of my most frequently used tools so well worth the investment I think if you love papercrafts.
If you like the glossy finish of the Crystal Effects you can find that on page 177 of the main catalogue. $10.95 for a bottle which will last ages (unless you go berserk with it painting big butterflies!) It creates a glossy, lacquered look over images, paper etc. It also works as an adhesive.
HINT: I usually keep a pin taped to the side of the bottle to poke in if the nozzle has gotten plugged. I did read a tip somewhere to store it upside down then the nozzle part doesn't dry out, so might try that with my new bottles.
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