One thing I love to do to transform plain cardstock is embossing. There are two main ways that I emboss, one is using my Big Shot with an embossing folder and the other is with embossing powder that melts when heat is applied to it.
As part of the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Design Team I thought it would be fun to use both methods to create a gift tag using this week’s featured stamp set WWYS169 – Bubble Over.
The tag base is a 2″ x 4″ piece of Pool Party Card embossed with the Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder using my Big Shot and Multipurpose Platform with all the tabs open. I shaped the top using one of my favourite punches, the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. On the bottom of the piece I then attached a scrap of Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
I wanted to give the tag a ‘party’ feel and pulled out a length of Silver Mini Sequin Trim. To stop the sequins from escaping I placed a Mini Glue Dot on the back of the Pool Party piece at the shoulders and folded the twine ends of the trim onto them.
On the back of the tag I then used more liquid glue to attach an identical sized piece of Whisper White Card punched using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch before threading a length of Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine tied together with 4 lengths of Silver Metallic Thread through the slot.
With the tag base complete it was time to work on the bottle. This was cut from a piece of Whisper White Card using the larger bottle die from the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits. I pressed a Lemon Lime Twist ink pad directly onto the surface of the bottle shape several times to give a really deep covering of ink and then using my Aqua Painter I flicked clean water onto the bottle. The spots of water reacted with the ink and in no time at all I had ‘bubbles’ in my limeade.
Unfortunately I didn’t like how bare the top portion of the bottle looked so I decided to mix some Lemon Lime Twist ink with some clean water in the lid of the ink pad and then flicked that over the top section of the bottle. with my Aqua Painter This gave me a very subtle speckled effect as if the bubbles were bursting.
To make my bottle more glass-like I pressed a VersaMark Ink Pad over the whole surface and sprinkled it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I tapped off the excess powder and used my Heat Tool set on 2 (high) to melt the rest. Once the embossing had cooled I repeated the process again; VersaMark Ink, clear embossing powder, tap off and melt. To give the bottle a really deep gloss I embossed it for a third time and set it aside.
Also included in the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits is a die for the bottle cap and this was also cut from Whisper White Card. I placed a Mini Glue Dot on the back so that I could use a scoring tool to hold it while I pressed it onto the surface of the VersaMark Ink Pad, then dipped the piece into some Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder, tapped off the excess and melted the rest with my Heat Tool on 2 (high).
While the embossing was still hot I dipped it back into the black embossing powder, tapped off and melted the remaining powder, then repeated the process once more and set it aside.
Finally it was time to use an image from the Bubble Over Stamp Set, the ‘have a birthday brew’ sentiment stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White Card. The sentiment was then cut using the smaller hexagonal die from the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits.
All that was left was to use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the stamped label onto the front of the bottle and add the black embossed cap to the top and my gift tag was done.
I have to say that I’ve missed the black embossing powder since Stampin’ Up! retired it two years ago, and I’m really happy to be able to include the news of its return as one of my 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue sneak peeks.
EVERYTHING’S STAYING (SORT OF)
Everything I’ve used for today’s project will appear in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue BUT if you are considering buying the Bubble Over Stamp Set and coordinating Bottles & Bubbles Framelits you might want to consider doing so before May 31st. Right now these two items can be purchased together using a special bundle code which gives you 10% discount off the cost of buying the same items separately (and that of course also reduces your shipping and taxes too!), however like all current bundle offers, this offer will not be carried over into the new catalogue.
So now you’ve seen my Bubble Over project you might want to visit the What Will You Stamp? Challenge blog and take a look at the projects created by the rest of the Design Team. If you have this stamp set why not create your own new project and upload it to the gallery for us to see? Every week one person is randomly selected to be our weekly winner and as well as bragging rights and a winner’s badge for their social media, they are also invited to be our Guest Designer two week’s later.
In the table below you’ll find all the currently available Stampin’ Up! tools and materials I used for my project. Click on a link for more information and from there you can add the item to your online shopping bag of you wish.
The new black Stampin’ Emboss Powder will be available to purchase from June 1st.