Last weekend I spent some time making a batch of these birthday cards for the church card ministry. I have some friends that have December birthdays and they all have memories about their birthday being dwarfed by Christmas preparations and festivities. That inspired me to make these cards that don’t have any hint of Christmas, snow or other seasonal looks. I still have a bunch of non-SU paper, and these prints were just right for my goal… a bright, cheery NON-CHRISTMASSY card celebrating their special day. I hope that the recipients enjoy their card!

You can’t tell it from the picture, but the “happy” word is heat embossed. This really helps that stamped image to stand out even more against the background stamped text, and it gives a bit of shine and a tactile element to the card. I’ve recently “re-discovered” heat embossing and I’m definitely having fun with it. I used a bit of a trick for this card so that the embossed image is blue, which isn’t one of the colors of embossing powder that I have. It is actually really easy to have an embossed image in any ink color that you own, and the Stamparatus makes it so easy to get it just right. Here’s how I did it:

  • Wipe the cardstock with an anti-static bag
  • Use the Stamparatus to stamp the image in the desired spot using any classic ink; I used Pacific Point for this card
  • Clean the stamp
  • Reposition the cardstock if it has shifted in the Stamparatus
  • Ink the stamp with Versamark ink, and stamp over the image
  • Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the image and shake off the excess powder
  • Melt the embossing powder with the heat tool

You can use this technique for any stamped image to get an embossed look in any color. Once you know how to do it, it’s so obvious and easy to do. I definitely encourage you to give it a try!

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