The Whole Package


Happy September to you!

I firmly believe that gift wrap should be just as nice as the present; I mean, who doesn’t love getting a pretty package where you can keep the wrapping? I’m one of those people who likes to keep the pretty paper and ribbons from gifts and hoard them forever and ever. Come on, I know I’m not the only one who has a bag of present bows stashed away!


When in doubt, layer! I used 3 different patterned papers (and a tag sticker) from the October Afternoon Thrift Shop collection available in the store…an oldie but a goodie!


I took random embellishments and layers and either softened them a bit with Tim Holtz distress paint in Picket Fence or added gold embossing powder.


Everything I used is available in the Love is in the Details store! Some elements are from the packaging department and some are scrapbooking products and this took less than 20 minutes to put together. I even made a quick replica (not EXACTLY the same but quite close!)  to display in the store so if you go visit Lori make sure to take a peek.


A close-up of the Harry Potter gift - handpainted keepsake rocks and a time turner necklace referencing the third book.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and happy back-to-school!

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Shabby Fran…

Hi everyone!  I’m back today with a fun post showing you some more of what you can do with the Stampendous Fran-tage Shabby Embossing Enamel!  Lori recently showed it to you first back here, and I was dying to try it myself!  I have a couple of other ideas too, but that will be another day’s post!

The first thing I tried, was adding some of the embossing enamel to some die cuts.  I used some leaves from the Kaisercraft Boho Dreams Collectables pack and drew on them with the Zig 2 Way glue pen.  A Versamark Glue pen will work as well.


You can see the residue of the glue in this photo.  I drew on the lighter colored center lines.


Here’s what they look like once heated and melted.  Then I touched the edges of some Prima paper flowers to a Versamark ink pad and dipped them into the embossing enamel.  It worked surprisingly well, considering you need to hold the flowers with a tweezer and heat from the bottom to avoid blowing all the glitter away before the enamel melts and holds it in place.


Then I also tried that old trick for chipboard, where you mash the surface into a Versamark ink pad, cover with embossing powder and melt.  That’s what I did here with the Blue Fern Studios piece.

After all that, I assembled the pieces to make this card.  I didn’t end up using the bright pick flower, but I’m sure it’ll get used on another project somewhere else.  The patterned paper on the card is from a Prima paper pad and the “congratulations” die cut is from the Kaisercraft Madamoiselle paper pad.  Oh!  And you can’t forget the Nuvo Crystal Drops used to make the enamel dots!


Finally, I wanted to try the Shabby powder with some stamps.  I used a solid shape stamp to stamp the leaves, and heated it up from the underside, with the green enamel powder.  Then I went back over top with the outline stamp, but shifted to stamp slightly askew, and in places, not stamp at all.  The outline I heat embossed with gold.

(If you don’t have a stamp set with a matching outline stamp, this look can easily be achieved by drawing the outline yourself, with a fine tip Zig 2-Way Glue Pen or a Versamark Pen.  In fact!  You could achieve this look without even owning any solid stamp images.  If you have a die in a shape you like, you could cut it out and use the “hole” or the negative space as a stencil, moosh the Versamark pad over the opening and heat emboss that!  There’s a way around everything!)


I loved this look the best and wanted to keep the card simple to showcase the stamping to its best advantage. The addition of some gold thread, gold sequins and a kraft label stamped with a sympathy sentiment and then adhered with foam dimension tape completes the card.  This is my favorite card and I can’t wait to get home (where my solid butterfly and flower shape stamps are) and try some other ideas.

Another fantastic way to use this embossing enamel would be to dip the edges of some pine tree die cuts into Versamark ink and heat with the green enamel to get the look of fluffy poufs of snow on tree boughs.  SO cute!!

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This post was written by Norine on July 27, 2016

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