Friday, August 28, 2015

#HappyMailIsTheBestMail Series No. 7 (Foil Stamping and Mirror Stamping)



Hello friends! 

I'm back with another installment in my Happy Mail Is The Best Mail series! New to the blog? So far this year I have: added a handmade bracelet to a card, made a card almost entirely with washi tape, played with watercolors,  I even sewed up a quilted card! I can't believe the year is over half way over, can you? I've really enjoyed these little card experiments and I hope you have learned from them. Have you played along yet? If do, make sure to tag your card/letter with #happymailisthebestmail on social media-I want to see what you make! 

Onto this month's cards

{National Dog Day}- August 26 . Ok, so I am a little late on this one, but I really liked this card, so I hope you can use my ideas to make something soon. And, technically, you don't have to wait for a special occasion to appreciate your furry friends. 


Mirror stamping allows you to stretch your stamps by using the reverse image. See that pair of pups, they are one stamp! I used this tutorial from Jenifer Maguire to stamp the guy on the left. I heat embossed the images, then used some loose watercoloring. I used one of my favorite Mama Elephant stamp sets


To make the balloon I also heat embossed one of the images from this set, added the point at the bottom, and drew on a string.

{Just Because Day}- August 29 (that's today!) Here's the beauty of this particular holiday, it can really be whatever you want! It's the perfect holiday to write a letter or send out a quick card to someone you love. Who have you been meaning to reach out to-do it today!

 I am still learning my way around all the uses for transfer foil. (I shared a trio of cards HERE). I bought some of this liquid adhesive from Thermoweb and wanted to see if I could use it like paint with a stamp.

I used the balloon image from this stamp set and used a brush to apply the glue. Then I stamped it (I did this twice), then quickly cleaned the stamp with soap and warm water. I let the glue set for a few minutes as per the instructions, then applied some of the pretty pink foil.

As you can see, it was not a perfect technique. Maybe I needed to use more glue? Not sure. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments! 

To finish of the card, I added a pair pandas (from this set) and just a little bit of blue Distress Ink. I left the inside blank.....just because ; )


So that's all for today folks! I'm off this weekend for an end of summer family visit. What are your plans this weekend? Planning to send out some happy mail? Make sure to tag it #happymailisthebestmail so we can all see it!

Michelle

PRODUCTS USED:
Dog Day Card: Mama Elephant Oragami stamp, Love Languages stamp, Versamark Ink, AC Embossing Powder, basis watercolors from Target(?), American Crafts cardstock
Just Because Card: Mama Elephant panda stamp, Good Times stamp, American Crafts cardstock, Thermoweb transfer glue, Thermoweb transfer foil in magenta, Blue Distress Ink 

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