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Simple Congrats

Simple Congrats

Hi All!

Today’s card is super-easy, but it looks impressive. The best kind, right? I used embossing paste and UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) to create these border lines. Here is a close-up:

Simple Congrats

If you don’t have UTEE, you could do 3-4 layers of clear embossing powder to get the same effect. The UTEE is made by Ranger, but they have re-packaged it and now call it “powder” instead of “enamel”.

Some of you may wonder why I didn’t just put the powder onto the paste and heat it after the paste dries. The reason is that the UTEE doesn’t seem to stick to the paste as well as the Versamark, especially after it has dried (if you heat wet paste it will bubble more). Rather than having to do two coats of the UTEE, I went with the safer option.

Regarding the stencil, I bought it a couple of months ago at Ellen Hutson, and now it doesn’t appear to be sold at any of my favorite stores, not even Amazon! I don’t know what happened there. There are a few smaller retailers you can find if you search Google. Of course, any border would work, or you could make your own with a die.

Enjoy the video!

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Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Congrats panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

Supplies:

Big Greetings
Big Greetings
Embossing Paste
Embossing Paste
EH|SSS
Palette Knife
Palette Knife
EH|SSS
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
EH|SSS
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
SSS|S.COM
Wilted Violet Distress Ink
Wilted Violet Distress Ink
EH|SSS
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Peacock Feathers
EH|SSS
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS

Comments

  1. wrote on August 16th, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Connie

    Yes, this would work well with any border stencil. So it will be another technique for me to do in future. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. wrote on August 16th, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Summerblues

    Thanks Darlene
    I love this technique and can’t wait to try it. All products I have in my stash at home.

  3. wrote on August 16th, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Dayse

    Oh this is so clean and pops right off the page. It reminds me
    Of those bead necklaces for little ones.
    Very nice shine on the stencilled areas and the addition of the shading on the letters
    really added so much. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. wrote on August 16th, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Becka

    Very nice. Like the clean and simple.

  5. wrote on August 16th, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Myra

    Darlene, how and where do you come up with these ideas? My mind would never to think of embossing over this. Do you think it would work well on larger images?

    • wrote on August 17th, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      darlene

      Thank you Myra! Yes, I think it would work on stencils with larger images, but you’ll likely need an extra layer of embossing to make sure the whole thing is covered with a smooth finish.

  6. wrote on August 16th, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Glenismaree

    How lovely is this! I like the simplicity (well it looks simple watching you do it???) thanks Darlene

  7. wrote on August 16th, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    mastopyra

    Beautiful card. Thanks for another great idea Darlene!

    Appears the Hero Arts “Stylish Borders” is still available from FranticStamper.com.

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