Today’s handmade “Work of Art” card features a fun and impressive stained glass technique! I first read about this technique in Stampin’ Success. Stampin’ Success is the quarterly magazine for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. It comes chalk full of project ideas, techniques and tips for growing your business. I always look forward to receiving it.
The stained glass technique can be done a couple different ways. I opted to combine two of them to get the look I wanted for this card. To do this technique you will need vellum cardstock, an embossing buddy, black archival ink, clear embossing powder and a heat tool. You will also need Stampin’ Write markers to add your colour.
Rub the embossing body over the area of vellum you are going to use. Stamp your image in archival basic black ink and then cover with clear embossing powder. Shake off excess powder and use your heat tool to melt the powder. You will be able to see the image turning from faded black to a nice shiny black. Be sure to keep your heat tool moving so as not to scorch the vellum.
Allow a minute or two to dry before flipping the image over to colour. Use the Stampin’ Write Markers to add colour to the reverse side of the vellum. You can also use a blender pen to add shading and blend colours. Allow a few minutes for the ink to dry before turning right side up again. VOILA! you have a beautiful stained “glass” image!
For this card I used Stampin’ Up!’s Crafting Forever and Work of Art stamp sets. I used the large oval stitched shape framelit to die cut my embossed vellum and the front layers of my card. This gave my card a window effect and allows the beautiful stained glass to be visible on both the outside and inside of the card.
The front of the card also features the wood textures designer series paper.
When I was making this card I completely spaced on the black rhinestone embellishments and used the regular silvery ones. When I teach this card at my card club we will be using the black rhinestone embellishments.
Make and send this card to encourage somebody in your life today.
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