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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.

 

Smooches!

Michelle

 

21 comments to “Heat-Embossed Digital Stamp Place Cards Tutorial”

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  1. How awesome, I never thought of using a digi and embossing but it makes sense now that you told the details. Great image and fun to make project. Love the gold embossing for the turkey and will make a great name plate. Love it. Thanks so much.

  2. I need to get some appropriate paper. I tried photo paper once but it bubbled and POPPED open – an actual tiny little explosion of sorts! I don’t recommend trying it.

  3. Thanks everyone! One thing to watch for is that card stock weight Stardream paper is pretty rigid so it won’t run through many home printers. I had to use a text weight version which is why I have a 2 layer card- but other than that this project was pretty easy to finish.

  4. What a great idea! Thanks for figuring it out and getting the messy part figured out for us. I will definitely have to give this a try.

  5. SO sweet! I need practice at embossing, so thanks for the refresher course! (Thanks for the chance to win free stuff to feed my papercrafting addiction!)

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