Tropical Emboss Resist

Tropical Emboss Resist


I did a lesson on heat embossing and the emboss-resist technique in my course through the Haddonfield Adult School.  I first taught this lesson in the fall and created a sample (below) with a fall feel to it.  This course is also offered in the winter/spring so I thought I’d come up with an additional sample with a tropical feel for those students dreaming of getting past winter (we are expecting snow again today in Cherry Hill) and on to warmer weather!

Here was the fall sample:


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Birthday Balloons (and Bucks) Bridge Card

Birthday Balloons (and Bucks) Bridge Card


This card features a fun card base, a few die cuts… and some bucks!  I was looking for a fun way to present a monetary gift as part of a card layout and had been meaning to try a bridge card with this (unbranded/no longer available?) “Happy Birthday” die (which is actually supposed to make a birthday hat).

  Happy Birthday Topper die 2

The cake was adapted from an svg file called “Birthday Elements” from svgcuts.  The balloons were made from an unbranded die I found online.  And the flames were cut with the Karen Burniston Cake Pop-Up Die (#1028).

To create this card base which is 5″ x 7″ when folded, I used a 10 1/2″ x 5″ piece of card stock scored at 1 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 7″, and 8 3/4″ and folded as shown:


There is plenty of room on the back for a stamped or handwritten sentiment and signature.  This card, with the money, folds flat (kind of).  It fits in a regular A7 size envelope but is a little bulky and would require a trip to the post office if mailed – if you are comfortable mailing cash.

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And here’s a version without the money.  (This one does fold flat, but some may argue it’s not quite as fun to receive – lol!)


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Foiled Valentine’s Day Z-Fold Card (and a few variations)

Foiled Valentine’s Day Z-Fold Card (and a few variations)


Z-fold cards display beautifully and are easy to make.  To create an A2 size z-fold card base, simply score an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panel at 4 1/4″ and 2 1/8″ and fold like a Z.  Z-fold cards fold flat for mailing, and this one (with these dimensions) fits in an A2 size envvelope.


The Valentine’s Day greeting I used is a digital clip art image I found at, and the background pattern (part of a Valentine’s Digital Paper Pack) is from an Etsy shop called  Printkits Designs.  After printing both with my laser printer on white card stock, the panels were foiled with Gina K Designs Red Velvet fancy foil and my  Mini Minc foil applicator.

One of the great things about using digital images is that they can be sized to fit any project.

Here are a few simple variations:




The Mod Squad Challenge this week is called “Foiled Fun” where we are encouraged to use foiling on our cards

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Spring Tree Note Card (and a few variations)

Spring Tree Note Card (and a few variations)


In my last post, I shared a project I created to demonstrate die cutting, masking, and sponging for the Card Making Class I am teaching.  I also created some spring themed cards as options.

Here is one with slightly different colors:


For both these samples, I used “Meadow” Flower Soft to add a bit of texture and dimension.

We had done this same card design in the fall using “Autumn” Flower Soft and fall colors:


I also tried a sample using “Polar White” Flower Soft as snow, although I think I’d like it better if the “snow” were whiter/brighter.


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