Heat-Embossed Digital Stamp Place Cards Tutorial

Hello Michelle here from My Analog Life.

First, thanks Kristy for asking me to join the party!
I love Some Odd Girl stamps!
I can’t draw or color using anything but crayons so Kristy’s talent looms large for me.

So I pondered what I would share with you for many weeks.
Actually, I freaked out on a daily basis.
What in the world do I have to teach?
Everyone already knows how to glue paper onto paper!!!

But I REALLY wanted to be part of the fun.
So I though- “Ok it’s basic- but how about embossing on vellum paper?”
The catch?
I used a digi stamp.

Heat-Embossed Digital Stamp Place-cards.

This will only work using a slick surfaced paper like Stardream paper (a coated metallic/pearlescent paper) or vellum.

  1. Using Photoshop or other photo retouching program (are there others??) Place 4 to 6 turkeys on an 8.5 by 11 piece of vellum. The amount of turkeys you use depends on how large you want your place cards to be. I wanted 2 by 3.5 fold-over cards so I fit 4 per page.

  1. The moment the paper comes out your ink-jet printer hit it with embossing powder. The slick paper surface should stay wet for a few seconds but results vary from printer to printer so do it right then and there.


  1. Try to knock off as much powder as you can- or better yet- use clear embossing powder and change the color of your ink. I live dangerously so I used gold powder and ignored with the stray bobs of run-away embossing powder.


  1. Using your trusty ruler or Scoring-board, score a horizontal line down the center of your card leaving the top of your turkey unscored so it pops out of the design.


  1. Cut out the turkey’s head using a craft knife and wham-o- you have a card!

  1. I got fancy and added a card stock base and corner punches but you can do this with heavy-weight paper and it will still stand up nicely.

I know it sounds time consuming but it’s actually quite fast once you get past all the mistakes you’ll make on the first card. And also- it’s sure to impress the MiL- which is my main goal this year because frankly- my flan is lacking.






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