I have a fun technique to show you today — embossing with a thinlit die! Did you happen to notice the beautiful card on the top of page 27 of the Occasions Catalog? When I first got the catalog, I looked and looked at that card, wondering how they did that. I didn’t know you could emboss with a thinlit die! Well, I recently read how to do it, so I thought I’d share.
Here’s my version of thinlit embossing. I was originally thinking of using this technique as one of my Stamps In the Mail projects for this month. This is the last month of the Butterfly Basics Stamps In the Mail class. Each month, I design four projects, using the same stamp set, and I send customers the supplies and detailed instructions to make the projects. I try hard to come up with different techniques and ideas, so the cards are really unique, and my customers feel like they are learning something. The designs for Stamps In the Mail are exclusive, and I don’t share them on my blog or any other social media sites. However, I would like to share the types of projects that are included in the program, because I’d like more people to sign up. Therefore, I decided to make this a bonus project. I’m going to share the level of detail I provide in my instructions, and for my existing Stamps In the Mail customers, they’ll receive the supplies to make this extra project with their packet this month.
To start off, I used my Aqua Painter to paint the background. I cut some watercolor paper measuring 5-1/4″ X 4″ and brushed clear water over the entire paper. While the paper was still wet, I used an Aqua Painter to brush random stripes of Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Pacific Point. For the Soft Sky, since the ink is so light, I placed a few drops of re-inker on the lid of my ink pad so the color was more saturated. For the Pacific Point, the ink is very dark, so I only used a little bit. Finally, I dipped my brush in the Pacific Point ink, held the brush over my paper, and tapped the brush to splatter some ink spots over the page.
Watercolor paper works really well for this technique, because it’s thick. You could also use White Shimmery paper or Naturals White. After my watercolor paper was thoroughly dry, I turned over my large butterfly thinlit and used my Pacific Point ink pad to lightly ink the raised edges.
If you accidentally get ink on the lower sections of the thinlit, use a Q-tip to remove the ink.
Use the Multipurpose Platform on Tab 1, and create the following sandwich on your Big Shot, from the bottom up: platform, glass, Premium Standard Crease Pad, watercolor paper, thinlit, glass. When you place the thinlit on the paper, remember that it has ink on it, so place it straight down.
This is what my paper looked like after running it through the Big Shot. I probably could have inked the thinlit a little more (either that or some of the ink dried while I was taking pictures!) But, I still like the way it came out.
Next, I used Pacific Point ink to stamp the chevron strips. I also embossed the Happy Birthday stamp in white on Vellum paper and created a small banner. To get a nice “V” on my banner, I used a Hexagon punch. I attached the vellum with a Handheld Stapler and placed glue dots under the “d” and “r” to keep the banner in place.
Later, I decided to add one more staple to my banner (see below.)
I cut out a medium butterfly from Pacific Point card stock and adhered it with glue dots.
When I cut out my butterfly thinlits, I sandwich wax paper in-between the card stock and thinlit. It’s funny, when I was talking to my mom recently, she said she thought those little pieces of wax paper were so pretty that she didn’t want to throw them away. She thought I should use one on a card, and I had just read about another person doing the same thing. Well, I took my mom’s advice and added the wax paper piece on top of the Pacific Point butterfly.
Next, I took some Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim and formed a body for my butterfly. I adhered the trim with several glue dots.
When I finished, I removed the excess sequins and formed antennae.
Next, I unraveled some Soft Sky Painted Blooms Cotton Twine and tied a knot in the center.
Then, I used a glue dot to adhere the cotton twine to the head of the butterfly.
Here’s the finished card.
Would you like to make cards like this? It’s like having stamp class, but in the comfort of your own home and on your own time.
Stamps In the Mail is designed for customers who have stamping experience and a good inventory of inks and basic supplies. If you’d like to learn more about this program, please contact me. I will be starting a new round next month.
Supplies used on my card: