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I decided I needed to make some more badges and pins for a stamp show I’m going to in 2 weeks time but couldn’t think WHAT to make badges with!

I happened upon some old 7″ vinyl records in a local junk shop for only 10p each and wondered if I could use them to make pins with?

So I decided theres only one way to find out! And thats TRY IT AND SEE!

So I did and this is what I came up with:

The Vinyl bellies are very easy to make and I had a lot of fun with them!

I’ve since been told be various people that in the past they have used old 38″ records to make bowls and vases by placing the whole record over a bowl and then either standing both in a bowl of very hot water OR placing in the oven….apparently the record melts and takes on the shape of the bowl and was used as an unusual shaped container…

Anyway you are probably wondering how I created these embellishments and pins! Read on for more information!

Preparing The Vinyl:

There are 2 ways to break the vinyl records down into embellishment sized pieces. One is to snap the records with your hands, they are quite flexible, into small abstract shapes.

Another is to use strong sharp scissors to cut them into little pieces.

How To Create:

If you look at the url above you will see I have created different looks with the vinyl records. So I will walk you through each and explain how you do it:

Stamping On Vinyl:

The bellies in the scan which are plain black with silver lettering on them are actually stamped bellies. For these I used Platinum Planet Brilliance Inkpad and this is how I created them:

1. Place your piece of vinyl onto a sheet of teflon (or non stick baking parchment)

2. Blast the vinyl piece with heat gun until it curls, turn it over and blast other side. At this point the vinyl resembles a piece of floppy licorice!

3. Quickly stamp into the hot vinyl piece using a pre inked rubber stamp. Set aside to cool.

Once the belly has cooled, you will notice that the stamped impression is almost like an intaglio effect.

You will notice in the scan that I have attached charms to 2 of the bellies, while the vinyl piece was still hot, I pierced it using a darning needle. Once the belly had cooled down, the hole I pierced turned solid and enabled me to thread a gimp ring and a charm through it.

Embossing On Vinyl:

1. Place your piece of vinyl onto a sheet of teflon (or non stick baking parchment)

2. Place the vinyl onto Blast vinyl piece with heat gun until curls, turn over and blast other side, the vinyl piece will flatten slightly.

3. Next sprinkle on little bits of embossing powders OR glitters. Reheat to melt. Add more ep or glitter if required.

4. Once you are happy with how it looks, dip the hot vinyl belly into clear embossing powder and reheat to seal. Set aside to cool

To finish off the pins.embellishments I edged them using a gold krylon pen.

One of the bellies in the scan was hi lighted using a copper krylon pen to age it.

I hope you have as much fun creating these embellishments as I did!

This card is an easy one to make as there is no stamping involved! I deliberately made the card as minimalist as I could as I wanted to design a simple quick and easy festive card which could be created in 5 minutes. These are perfect for ‘production line assembly’ type cards as you can make all the Enameled Stars in advance, then attach them all to the front of cards later on.

I decided to use a purple card blank as my base for a modern retro style holiday card! The beauty of this card is that it could actually be used to suit any occasion and not just Christmas! So if you go mad making enameled stars like I did :) You can have a stash of cards to last you all year for any occasion!

You will need:

  • Purple Card Blank
  • Star Shaped Die Cut
  • Fuchsia Metallic Thread
  • Versamark Clear Embossing Pad
  • Embossing Powder: Gold, Silver and Copper
  • Embossing Heat Gun
  • Gold Accent Beads
  • Non Stick Embossing Sheet (or teflon cooking liner)
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Gold Peel Off Sticker – JOY

Directions

1. Take your star die cut shape and apply the clear versamark ink to one side of the shape. Place onto the non-stick embossing sheet.

2. Sprinkle silver embossing powder all over the star shape, heat to melt. Apply second layer of silver before it cools

3. While the embossing powder is still hot take a generous pinch of gold and copper embossing powders and sprinkle over the star shape. Heat.

4. Take a pinch of gold accent beads and sprinkle liberally over the star. Let cool.

5. Take the metallic thread and wrap it round the star shape in random directions.

5. Affix star with double sided tape to the front of the card blank.

6. Place greetings sticker.

Your card is complete!

What You Need:

Rubber Shelf Liner Cut Into Purse Shape
Versamark Inkpad
Teflon Sheet
Embossing Heat Tool
Silver Embossing Powder
Embossing Powder Glitters in various Colours
Floral Wire Ribbon
Card Blank
Double Sided Tape
Sticky Foam Pad
Brad Stickers

How To Create

1. Ink the rubber shelf liner on one side using the versamark inkpad.

2. Place the ruber shelf liner into Silver Embossing Powder, the powder will stick to the rubber liner.

3. Place onto Teflon sheet and blast with the heat gun until the silver powder has melted

4. While it is still hot, sprinkle on various different colours of glitter embossing powders all over the rubber shelf liner.

5. Apply to heat once more to melt the glitters and let cool.

6. Take a strip of floral wire ribbon and twist it to make into a handle and affix it behind the shelf liner using double sided tape.

7. Place 3D sticky foam pads behind the shelf liner and affix the purse shape to a black card blank. 8. Place flower brad stickers on the purse to make a faux clasp.

The cards you see on this page were all created using multiple layers of embossing powders and pearl ex. They are really easy and fun to make!! What I love most about them is that even if you use the same colours and stamps; each time you do this technique you end up with a totally different effect!!

Try it yourself and see!

Materials Used:

  • Clear Embossing Powder or Dark Colour EP (you can use Utee if you have it)
  • Embossing Heat Gun
  • Non Stick Teflon Cooking Liner
  • Brilliance Pigment Ink Pad – I used Graphite Black, Cosmic Copper, Galaxy Gold and Plantinun Planet
  • Card Board Shapes – I cut mine using a Sizzix Die Cutter.
  • Soft Paint Brush
  • Pearl Ex Pigment Powders –

I used Russett (copper), Gold, Blue and  Interference Violet

Rubber Stamps Used:

  • Elephants – Magenta
  • Tribal Masks – Magenta
  • Kokopeli – PSX
  • Poetic Prints – Hero Arts

How To Create:

  1. Take your card board piece and lay it on your non stick Teflon cooking sheet.
  1. Ink the card shape with the black inkpad, and sprinkle on clear or any dark colour of embossing powder
  1. Heat the embossing powder to melt, and working quickly before it cools add another layer of embossing powder over the top and heat set – repeat this step until you have approx 5-6 layers of normal embossing powder – if you are using utee you can use 3 layers.
  1. Next dip your soft brush into your pearl ex and quickly dust the pearl ex over the top of your embossed pieces.
  1. Ink up the rubber stamp you are going to use with any colour pigment inkpad (I like copper) and set to one side ready.
  1. Carefully re-heat your embossed card piece and wait for it to melt – the pigment powder will start to swirl and mix in with the embossing powder – the darker the embossing powder you use the more stark the contrast.
  1. Once the powder has re-heated, quickly press the rubber stamp onto the surface and leave it there. Do not rock or apply pressure. Count to 10 slowly; then remove the stamp from the embossing powder. Counting to 10 gives you enough time to allow the heated embossing powder to set on the design of the stamp.
  1. Your Embossed Pearl piece is ready for you to use on your cards! See examples on this page for ideas on how to layer them.

Experiment!

Experiment with this technique – I stamped on some larger pieces of card – they were so big I could actually fit 2 rubber stamps side by side on the hot embossing powder! You can embed rubber shelf liner into the hot embossing powder too and stamp on this! Try using pearl embossing powders and metallic pearl ex for another different effect!

Embossed Pearl Cards

These two tone cards are very simple and easy to make, they look like they are actually made up of 2 layers when in actual fact they are not! The illusion is created by the use of sponging and stamping on different portions of your card front. I used bright vibrant card blanks for this project to create a stark contrast when I sponged over the top of the clear embossing resist.

The beauty of this idea is that you don’t actually have to sponge at all because the two tone effect will take place all by itself by the use of embossing powders!

Try it yourself and see!

    Materials Used:

  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • Embossing Heat Tool
  • Scrap Paper
  • Black Pigment Ink Pad (I used Brilliance)
  • Cosmetic Sponges (or stippling brush)
  • Dye Ink Pads in colour of your choice – I used Art Print Brown (Memories) and Peeled Paint, Dusty Rose Distress Ink Pads (Ranger)
  • Colour Card Blanks in bright colours (I used blue, orange and yellow)
  • Embellishments (optional)
  • Rubber Stamps Used:

  • Large Word Background (Judikins)

How To Create:

1. Take your scrap piece of paper and tear it in half, this will be your mask for your embossing on your card blank.

2. Place torn mask over your card blank front so that half of it is covered up. See sample scans for example.

3. Ink your rubber stamp up with the clear embossing stamp, and stamp over the top of your card front – you want to overlap the design slightly on the scrap paper. Continue stamping until the entire exposed card area is stamped.

4. Pour on clear embossing powder and heat to melt.

5. Once embossing powder is cooled, take your sponge and ink it up with your dye inkpad. Rub the sponge over the front of your card blank – there are 2 ways to do this; you can either keep the mask in place and only sponge over the top of the stamped area OR you can sponge over the entire front area of your card blank – theres no rules here and its entirely up to you!

6. Once you are happy with how the front of your card looks, take your scrap paper mask and cover up the area you have already stamped on to protect it.

7. Next stamp on the unstamped area with the black inkpad – you can clear emboss if you wish or not – I did both to test out the different contrasts.

8. Your card is complete, you may add embellishments if you wish.

More Two Tone Cards

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