We are thrilled to feature another great card from our guest designer, Heather B! She did such an amazing background using the Transfer Gel with one of our stamp sets. Read on for more details!
Today I am showing you a technique using stamps, Deco Foil Transfer Gel and of course the beautiful Drybrush foil from Brutus Monroe. When I craft I like to look at a product and figure out what I can do with it that may not the conventional way. I enjoy crafting so much because it allows me to experiment and "see what happens." Brutus Monroe products are great for crafters like me.
I started by placing a small amount of Deco Foil Transfer Gel on a craft mat using a pallet knife. You will not need very much at all. A small amount goes a long way for this technique. I choose a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Brutus MonroeSuper Sentimental stamp set. If you are looking for a sentiment stamp set that fits many needs, this is the one!
Next, I added the sentiment to an acrylic block. To add the transfer gel to the sentiment I used a small ink dauber. It allowed me to have a little more control which helped with the small sentiment. Using a very small amount I pounced the transfer gel onto the stamp covering it completely and then I stamped the sentiment onto the panel. When you stamp down you can see the paper through the block. This helps in making sure that you have a good stamp image before you lift the block.
The transfer gel is sticky. When you remove the stamp/block you need to lift straight up. You may need to pull the paper off of the stamp. I stamped the Happy Birthday over the entire panel in rows. Once the panel was complete I immediately put my stamp in a cut of water. I let it sit for about 5 minutes and then took it out and wiped it with a clean towel and it was good as new. Did not harm the stamp at all.
Once the gel was dry, you can tell when it is dry because it is clear, I added a piece of Drybrush foil and ran it through the laminator. When the foiled image was exposed I loved the look. It was not perfect, every Happy Birthday didn't looked exactly like the stamp as far as spacing etc. That is what I love about this technique. You can still read the sentiment, but it creates a unique background that will look different every time you create this way.
To create the card I added a piece of Gilded glitterstock cut down to A2 size onto a card base. I decided that I wanted to cut the foiled panel down and use it as a way to frame the sentiment. I cut it down to 2 inches by 4.25 for each section. I also added a strip of Raven cardstock to the edge of each panel to give it a more defined line on the glitterstock.
For the sentiment I used a larger Happy Birthday from Super Sentimental. Next, I used heat embossing on vellum with Raven embossing powder. Finally, I cut it out with a circle die and adhered the vellum sentiment to the middle section of the card.