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!

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! 

Embossed Gift Tags

Embossing is so good at giving your stamp projects that little bit of extra umph! It says, heck yeah I can make some really awesome stuff, look at how awesome at crafts I am (and no one has to know how simple it is).

You'll need
Rubber Stamps
Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
Gift Tags

Stamp your rubber stamp into the Versa Mark pad, and then stamp onto your tag.

Working over a piece of paper to catch the excess, pour embossing powder over the card until the entire image is coated. Allow to sit for several seconds, then tap off the surplus powder. 

Turn on the heat tool and point it directly at the stamped design. Holding the heat tool about 2 inches above the surface of your card, move it over the image in little circular movements until the powder is uniformly melted. Allow to cool for 30 seconds. The top tag is before the heat tool and the bottom tag is after.