Wednesday, October 05, 2011

True Love!

As February next year has 29 days (being leap year) my Calendar page couldn't really have anything else but a heart theme especially as the challenge at the Craft Barn is for Red and Embossing.
I used Distress ink in Fired Brick red to over stamp the days using a heart stamp and to blank out days not required. February 14th has a red heart for Valentines Day.
I really had fun or not for the embossing part. Following the instructions on the Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Crystals jar I used the ink pad to cover an area with ink then sprinkled on a thick layer of crystals. Instructions then said melt the crystals with a heat gun until molten. Well you have to catch the darn things first cos as soon as you switch the heat gun on your in a sand storm!!! Got there in the end by placing in a deep tin and covering with a piece of paper then wipipng off at the last minute before the crystals set. Once melted you can then push a stamp into the molten surface and leave to cool. Phew!! 3hours later and a near empty jar of crystals I managed to get a an embossed heart which I cut out and then rubbed over with Inka Gold. Picture is not very clear but it really does shine. The days are hearts cut from card and again rubbed over with Inka Gold and attached with foam pads to give some dimension.

Off to make the March page now as still running to catch up.


Margreet said...

Love your heartful page...your struggling story made me is so understandable!
xxx Margreet

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Mrs. A. This is a fabulous page, very pretty with all the hearts. Happy crafting.
Love Sandra xx

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,well worth all the effort you put

Faye said...

Love, love, love it! See what I did there?! ;) xxx

Sunshine Girl said...

Its looking good though so worth all the faf! have fun with March.

G Peplow said...

Hi there, This is really pretty, love the red hearts, well done for making it all from scratch! Gay xxx

Anonymous said...

"Instructions then said melt the crystals with a heat gun until molten. "
That is true... but before you heat it up, you need to take the excess off. So ink up, stamp, pour the powder on the stamped image (over a scrap piece of paper/card), **tap the excess off**, put the excess back in the jar (hence the scrap paper) and then heat. The powder won't fly then as it's only on the stamped image. If you have any question, please get in touch.
In the meantime, great job on the embossing ;) and your calendar page is perfect.
Thanks for playing with us.

Gio said...

Your february page is so romantic! I like how you can hold the same style within the pages even with different colours and techniques!