Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Challenge #43

Another week has gone by, and our challenge over at Bah!Humbug! is to use die cuts on our card. I used a nestie to cut out the mat for my image, and used a sizzix die for the corner pieces. The image is from a rubber stamp my husband recently picked out at Michaels when I dragged him there during our regular grocery, etc, "outing". Since he picked it out, I'll probably give him this card at Christmas. This makes it for "someone special", which is the challenge at CHNC. The image was heat embossed using black embossing powder after stamping with Martha Stewart's black ink , and took several tries to get it looking OK. If anyone has tips on how to keep stray embossing powder from staying where it isn't wanted, I would be very interested in hearing them. I finally used a very small paintbrush to try and sweep the excess off the paper. It mostly worked.
Thanks for taking a look; I hope you like it.


  1. Hi. A lovely card. Mainly due to the challenges I haven't made my usual amount of 'Nativity' etc cards. Normally they make up at least half of mine. I have this stamp too.
    As for the embossing. I do use an anti-static bag to swipe the card first, and for black silhouettes which can be tricky, I use versafine ink. It is oil based so stays wet a little longer and it gives such a good image, even for fine detail, so I can then emboss with clear powder which is less obvious if a few specks do go astray.
    Hope that helps. Kate x

  2. I love that stamp - good to see a lovely nativity card - I'm sure your husband will love it. As for embossing, I always swipe the card first with an antistatic bag - it really does help - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 44 - hope to see you again soon. x

  3. yep I was going to say the same as Kate and Hazel. An anti stat bag definitely helps and some people say used tumble drier sheets work too. Also try not to touch the card where you are going to stamp as fingers leave a trace of oil(?) on the card and that's what the embossing powder clings to. I use a fine brush to scoop up any bits but sometimes heating from underneath helps too.
    Anyway your card turned out just great and I'm sure your husband will love it.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us again at Humbug Hall.
    Ann and Max alias the Humbuggers.
    Bah! Humbug! DT


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