Good Monday morning, friends! I hope you all had a good weekend with time for relaxing, time for creating and time with the people you love. It was so hot and humid here in NC that I spent a good bit of the weekend working in my studio. I was having fun playing with some of my new digital images from Crafty Secrets. I fell in love with the Digital Flower Printables and decided to create a summer flowers note cards and gift box ensemble. I also used the digital download for the Embossed Gold Papers.
Aging a Digital Image
The flower printables are already wonderfully vintage, but to give them even more of an aged appearance, I printed them out on a natural manila cardstock from Stampin’ Up. This instantly lent an “old paper” look to the images. To enhance that even further, I decided to use a cracked glass embossing technique.
If you look closely at my finished images, you will see fine cracks all through the image. It’s a fun technique, and not at all difficult to do. If you want to try this, you will need to have a heat gun, some Ultra Thick Clear Embossing Powder (UTEE), an embossing ink pad (I used Versamark) and some Black Soot Distress Ink. Here are the simple steps:
1. Fussy cut around the frame of your printed image
2. Apply Versamark liberally all over the image.
3. Sprinkle the image with mica chips
4. Cover the entire image with UTEE
5. Carefully heat emboss the image from the underside. (If you try to emboss from the top side, the UTEE will fly off all over the place and make a big mess.) Keep the nozzle of your heat gun about 3 inches from the underside of the paper, and keep the nozzle moving or you will burn your paper. As the UTEE melts, move to the next section of the image. I generally hold my image with a pair of tweezers so I don’t burn my fingers.
6. Once the UTEE is completely melted, set the image aside to cool. (If you are impatient, you can stick it in the freezer for 10 minutes.) When it is completely cool, gently bend it and the embossing will crack in fine lines, like crazing in pottery. This is the effect you are looking for.
7. Once your image is cracked to your liking, rub Black Soot Distress Ink all over the face of the image. The ink will sink into the cracks, enhancing the look of cracked glass and aging the image. Wipe the ink off with a baby wipe or a slightly damp paper towel. Do not use permanent ink or solvent based ink for this, or it will ruin the image.
I kept the rest of the card very simple, as I wanted that focal image to really shine. I simply backed it with a rectangle of the embossed gold paper that I’d downloaded. (You can choose to print it at 3 1/2″x 4 1/2″ if you would like.) Lightly distress the edges of the embossed gold paper, inking the edges very lightly with black soot DI. Use foam tape or dimensionals to adhere the image to the gold panel.
I simply cannot get over how dimensional that embossed gold paper is, and that it comes out of the printer looking like this. It’s amazing! The white paper was embossed using my die cut machine and an embossing folder….but you cannot tell the difference between it and the paper I printed from the Crafty Secrets digital download.
Cut a 4 3/4″x 6 1/2″ panel of plain white card stock and emboss with your choice of embossing folder. I used the debossed side of my paper and inked it lightly with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I used a decorative punch to shape the corners. Run ribbon or lace along the bottom edge, wrap this panel with some twine, add a button and bow and you are nearly finished. I glued this panel to a 5″x7″ green card base. (I used Stampin’ Up Pistachio cardstock for the base of this card.) A few rhinestones were scattered and then I simply dry brushed white acrylic paint along the outer edges of the card to soften them.
I built the box following the same steps used in making the note card. If you’d like me to share a tutorial with you on how to build a gift box from cardstock, please let me know and I’ll be glad to do so. I don’t want this post to get too long, so maybe we can make the gift box next week? What do you think?
And, of course, I lined the envelopes:
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you learned something new or were inspired to try your hand at aging an image. I love making new things look old, and with gorgeous vintage images from Crafty Secrets, a few simple techniques and a little time you can do it, too! If you have any questions about anything in today’s post, please don’t hesitate to ask; I’m always happy to help. And thanks for all your kind comments…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time….