Thursday, 29 March 2012

Heat Embossing Tutorial

Hello again! I have created this short tutorial on behalf of Cardmaking Online. It features an embossing technique using embossing powders and a heat gun. It is quite a simple process and the end result is both pretty and versaile!

I used four key products including a stamp, a gluepad, embossing powders and a heat gun. I also used a die and my Cuttlebug machine to die-cut a label on which to stamp my image.

*** Please read through all instructions before commencing ***

Photo 1

Stamp: Stampendous Poppy Stems M178
Glue Stamp: Pallete Stamp and Stick Gluepad
Embossing Powders: Stampendous in Green Tinsel and Heat It Up in Chinese Red
(or you could use Zing Embossing Powder Glitter Green and 
Heat Gun: Creative Expressions (or you could use Papermania Pink Heat Tool)
Tools: Cuttlebug V2 Die-Cut & Embossing Machine, Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 6 Die (or you could use Nestabilities Labels Small S4-169)
Versa Color Ink Pad in Green Tea
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold
Copic Markers and Promarkers in yellow, green, orange and pink

1. Using your die-cutting machine and label die cut a label out of white card. Refer photo 2.

Photo 2

2. Apply the glue pad directly onto your stamp then stamp your image onto the white label. At this stage the stamped image will be clear and difficult to see - try not to touch the stamped image as it will easily smudge. Refer photo 3.

Photo 3

3. Place your label onto a piece of white paper and choose an embossing powder to compliment your image. As my image featured a flower I sprinkled green embossing powder over the stem area until the whole stem had been covered. It doesn't matter if a little goes onto the flower area. Refer photo 4.

Photo 4

4. Carefully shake off the excess embossing powder onto the white paper and gently tip the excess powder back into the tub.

5. I then sprinkled red embossing powder over the flower area until all the flowers were covered as per photo 5.
Repeat step four to return the excess embossing powder to the tub.

Photo 5

6. Using your heat gun dry the embossing image as per photo 6. Hold your heat gun approximately two inches from the image and when the embossing powder dries in one area slowly move the heat to the next area until the whole images is dry.

*** Be careful not to touch the image until the embossing powder is dry as the
powder will easily rub off ***

Photo 6

When the powder is dry it will be slightly raised and shiny as per photo 7.

Photo 7

7. Colour in your embossed design using markers of your choice as per photo 8

I used a selection of Copic and Promarkers in yellow, green, orange and pink.
I then wiped the edges of the label with green ink and gave the whole label a light spray with iridescent gold glimmer mist.

Photo 8

Your beautiful embossed label is now ready to use on a card, tag or any
other project of your choice!

I used my label in a card design as per photo 9.

Photo 9

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial - any comments are welcome!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Bedazzled Boutique

I made these lovely cards using sparkly toppers and matching background card from the Kanban Bedazzled Boutique range. Designed by my papercraft hero, Dawn Bibby, the Bedazzled set includes Perfume Bottles, Handbags and Shoes with Sentiments and Ribbons to match.  They are really easy to assemble and as all the toppers and extras compliment each other beautifully the possibilities are endless! I think they look quite effective, but I'll let you be the judge :)


Be sure to check back on Thursday for my tutorial on embossing with a heat gun on behalf of Cardmaking Online.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Cardmaking Online - Exciting Announcement!!

I am very excited to formally "launch" my craft blog ' Vicky Pedlow Designs' - a forum for me to share some of my paper craft designs and a few hints / tips about products and tools that I use.

I will also take this opportunity to announce my involvement with online papercraft supplier, Cardmaking Online! I am thrilled to have been selected to join their first ever design team. Four other passionate crafters complete the design team including Jan Rankine, Sandie Edwards, Sharon Blaxter and Sharon Gumbley. These ladies are so talented - they create the most beautiful and intricate projects and I am already inspired by them. I encourage you to take a peek at their personal blogs by clicking on each of their names above.

The Cardmaking Online blog will feature projects created by each design team member. I'm looking forward to working with the design team over the coming months and seeing what gorgeous creations we come up with!

Well, first up is my creation - a Mother's Day card for my lovely mother in England - happy Mother's Day mum (hopefully she's received the original in the post by now)!

I used a number of products to make this card, many of which are available on the Cardmaking Online website. I have included  step-by-step instructions along with a product list below in case you fancy creating a similar design yourself.

Please feel free to leave a comment as I am continually learning and would love to hear what you think of this card!


1.   Assemble the 3D die-cut floral centre piece using small foam blocks

2.   Emboss the white/pink card using the embossing folder and Cuttlebug machine

3.   Spray the embossed card lightly with glimmer mist and allow to dry

4.   Adhere floral centre piece to embossed card using double sided tape and attach to
      the pink base card leaving a 10mm border at the top and sides

5.   Using the frame stencil cut a frame from the metallic gold cardstock
      and emboss using the embossing folder and Cuttlebug machine

6.   Adhere the frame to the bottom of the base card using sticky dots tape

7.   Print your greeting onto white/pink cardstock and die cut the greeting using the
      Nestabilities label 6 die

8.   Spray the label lightly with the glimmer mist and allow to dry

9.   Wipe the edges of the label using the gold metallic marker

10. Mount the label onto the frame using foam blocks

11. Die cut four roses out of the assorted pink/yellow paper using the Creatables rose die
      (I used the smallest three dies to create each rose)
12. Assemble the roses into 3D form and secure each rose in the centre with a white

13. Wipe the edges of the roses using the gold metallic marker

14. Die cut two leaves out of the green cardstock using the Creatables frame die

15. Wipe the edges of the leaves using the gold metallic marker and adhere one leaf
      on each side of the greeting using sticky dots tape

16. Mount two 3D roses on each side of the greeting using clear pads

Voila - your beautiful card is now complete!

Cardmaking Online products used:

3D die-cut flower and frame: Studiolight Frames 1
Embossing folder: cArt-Us flower branches
Double-Sided Tape: Couture Creations
Foam Blocks: Joy Crafts

Other products used:

Opalescent cardstock in pink (base card size 127mm x 178 mm)
white/pink cardstock (cut to 110 mm x 110mm)
metallic gold cardstock
green cardstock
assorted pink/yellow paper
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in iridescent gold
Spellbinders Nestabilities label 6 die
American Crafts metallic marker in Gold
White brads
Clear blocks
Sticky dots tape
Computer generated greeting

For my next project I am busy working on a tutorial, which will demonstrate a stamping and embossing technique using embossing powder and a heat gun. 
I'll have the tutorial  uploaded by 29 March.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, please be sure to stop by often!

Thursday, 8 March 2012


Hello! Here are a few bookmarks I have made for a craft marketing event I am attending in a couple of weeks. They will be included in the goodies bags, which will be handed out to the attendees (thankfully I only had to make 12)! I haven't made many bookmarks before, so I quite enjoyed playing around with a few different designs. I just had to make sure that they were one dimensional to ensure they are practical and useable.