By Shelly Weiss. Happy Spring and National Craft Month! Yes, National Craft Month is a real thing every March for all us right-sided thinkers to celebrate. Spring is a time to celebrate warmer weather, greener grass, and flowers blooming. Brighten up someone's day by sending them colorful Spring stationary and/or card! Who doesn't enjoy receiving something in the mail (yes, I'm talking about snail mail) that isn't junk or a bill?
1) Select your stamp and ink color. You are not limited to choosing only one stamp or one color, use as many as you please...within reason.
2) Ink up your stamp(s). There is a fine line between not enough ink and too much ink. Instead of pushing my stamp onto the stamp pad, I like to pick up the stamp pad and press it onto my stamp. Five presses from the stamp pad is usually a good rule to follow. You will need to reapply ink between every one or two uses.
3) Place a piece of scrap paper under your folded card so you don't get your work surface dirty. Begin stamping your folded card. Press your stamp down for 3-5 seconds. Only stamp one color at a time, this will add more depth and layers to your stationary.
4) Add your second stamp and ink color, if you desire.
5) It's time to add your embossing powder. You do not need a tray for this process, but it makes clean up a little easier. Embossing powder is sold in many colors but I consistently use clear embossing powder. Clear embossing powder will remain the color stamp ink that you choose versus colored embossing powder will be the color of the powder. Liberally sprinkle embossing powder over stamped section of folded card. You can't use too much of this, I promise!
6) Shake off excess embossing powder. The powder will only stick to the ink. You can reuse embossing powder so if you do not have a tray, make sure you use something to easily funnel the powder back into the container.
7) Ok, this is my favorite part! Seriously, it's magic. Use your heating tool to add texture. This tool gets VERY hot so be careful where you are holding the card. Wave the tool back and forth approximately 2-3 inches away from paper and watch the magic happen; it can take up to 15 seconds to warm up so be patient. The picture above shows the right side that has been heated versus the left side which still has powder.
And that's that... This card took no longer than 5 minutes to create, leaving you enough time to create Spring stationary for all your friends.
Enjoy the remainder of National Crafting Month by exercising your creativity.
Be sure to check out my Etsy shop today for more cards and stationary!