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Best DIYs of 2017

I can hardly believe 2018 is here! I have a few of personal goals set, like less tacos more yoga, but I wanted to take a look back of the greatest hits of 2017. There were a lot of fun projects we did together, but these were the most popular!

The Year of Embossing!

I learned how to emboss this year, finally, and it changed my stamp life! We learned the basics, and how to emboss on alternative materials like fabric, acrylic & wood

Felicette introduced its own line of Ink Pads (I still can't believe it!)

We made our own envelope liners!

We even stamped on rocks, on rocks!

Stamped Baby Onsie

Handmade gifts are always the most special. And while you may not be able to sew your own baby onesie for your sister/cousin/ (insert pregnant person here) you can customize one with, wait for it, rubber stamps! (and if you can sew one, you are my idol!)

Felicette's ink pads are multi-purpose which means in addition to paper, you can use them on fabric, wood, clay, and glossy surfaces. You will need to heat set them on fabric and glossy surfaces. Picture this craft at a baby shower! Have an assorted set of stamps and ink pads a bunch of onesies in different sizes and you have a party!

Or you can make a custom layette set, stamp a onesie, a hat, blanket, and burp cloth for a beautiful gift. 

You'll need
A Baby Onesie
Best in Show Rubber Stamp Kit
Mini Ink Pad Set
An Iron

Select your colors and stamps. I did all of the dogs in Nebula, the Ribbon in Orion, and the trophy in Super Nova. I prefer the mini ink pads for this project because it allows you to put just the right amount of ink on and not over ink it. To use the mini pads with the larger stamps you gently tap the ink pad onto the surface of the stamp. I have a tutorial here, on how to use the mini pads. 

I stared stamping with the dogs, and then filled in with the trophy and ribbon. 

Once you are finished stamping let the ink dry for a few minutes, just to be safe and then heat set with an iron. Set your iron on cotton and iron for about 15 seconds. This will make the ink permanent. And now you are done! 

Embossed Pencil Cup

You learned how to emboss on acrylic in this post. And now you can put those skills to the test by decorating a pencil cup!

You'll need:
Library Stamp Kit
Acrylic Pencil Cup (this one is from Target)
VersaMark Ink Pad
Embossing Powder
Embossing Heat Tool

After giving your rubber stamp a good coating of the VersaMark, stamp straight down onto the surface and then straight back up. A firm, steady hand is key. If it did slide, immediately forgive yourself, wash off the surface, and try again!

Start with your first color. Your embossing powder is going to try to hold on for dear life to the acrylic, you can thank static electricity for that! After knocking off the loose powder you may have to use a small paint brush to gently "sweep" the areas around your image clean.

Once you have cleaned the area of loose powder, you can now stamp your second image onto the cup and then add the blue embossing powder.

Repeat the same steps of tapping lightly to remove the loose powder and then use a small paint brush to clean the rest.

Now for the heat! Hold the heat gun a few inches away from the surface of your cup. moving in small circles around the stamped image.

Acrylic is VERY sensitive to heat. If you leave the heat gun on it for too long your acrylic will warp, melt or even catch on fire! Be very careful. If you see your acrylic starting to warp turn your heat off and let it cool. It may take a couple passes to get the embossing powder set this way, but so much better than starting a fire!