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I was playing around with some cd pieces the other day and I came upon this idea by accident

My latest addiction is the Credit Card Background technque and as I was playing with my cds I wondered what this technique would look like on cds too!

These are the results of my little experiments. They are really fun to make and make great pins!

What You Will Need:

Cd Pieces
Scrap Paper
Metallic Acrylic Paint
Fake Credit Card
Clear Embossing Powder
Plastic Container For Embossng Powder
Teflon Sheet or Baking Parchment
Heat Tool
Shrink Plastic
Stazon or Brilliance Inkpads
Versamark Inkpads
Rainbow Metallic Foil
Itty Bitty Beads

How To Create

1. Squirt little blobs (technical term here!) of metallic paints onto a sheet of scrap paper, I lined my paint blobs up in a little row.

2. Dip the edge of the credit card into the paint and lift a little paint, holding a cd piece in your other hand, swipe the paint from the credit card across the cd to transfer the paint

3. Immediately put your cd piece with wet paint on it, into a container of clear embossing powder, the powder will stick to the paint.

4. Place the cd piece onto your sheet of teflon or baking parchment, embossing powder side up. And heat the powder with your heat gun till it melts and goes clear.

While it is still hot, place back into the clear embossing powder for another layer. Reheat. Repeat this step until you have 3 to 4 layers of clear embossing powder. Set aside to cool

If you look at your cd pieces what you have just clear embossed, you will notice at this point they look like they have been enamelled with all different colours of embossing powders, but they havent!

You have used only clear embossing powder over the credit card technique to add your colour thus creating the illusion of enamelling.

They look pretty good left as they are, but I wanted to add a little more OOMPH to them as per directions below

5. While your Cd pieces are cooling, work with your shrink plastic, I stamped my shrink like so;

On the black shrink I used Gold or Silver Brilliance inkpads, and on the transclucent I used Black Stazon pad.

Some of the shrink I cut into shapes with Sizzix dies, others I simply tore to get a rough shape. Once you have stamped your shrink, heat it with an heat gun to shrink it.

6. Turn your shrunken shrink plastic embellishment over and swipe the back side of it with the Versamark inkpad, place immediately into clear embossing powder and apply heat.

You may well think Ive gone mad at this point, embossing the reverse of the shrink…but it will all become clear in a moment:)

7. By now your cd pieces should have cooled down a little and be safe to touch. Now you can get to work with your foiling.

Gently heat the surface of the clear embossing surface on your cd, you dont want it to become too hot and liquid, just warm to touch.

Carefully press a piece of foil onto the surface of the warm enamel, and apply a little pressure. I used my fingers to rub it, if its too hot for you, use a towel or something to protect your fingers.

8. Gently lift the foil and remove it from the cd piece, at this point you will notice some of the foil has stuck to the surface of the cd!

Depending on whether you are happy with how it looks, add more foil, using different colours, or leave it alone and move onto the next step!

9. Pick up your heat gun and melt the cd again, this time you want to get the whole cd hot so that the embossing powder starts moving and swirling, as you apply the heat, the foil starts to crinkle and takes on a texture all of its own.

Once the cd is heated, place into the container of clear embossing powder to apply another layer of ep.

10. Heat the surface of the cd to melt the layer of embossing powder you have just applied, and at the same time, reheat the back of the shrink plastic embellishment.

Once both have melted, press the shrink plastic gently into the liquid embossing powder to embed it. Use cocktail sticks or tooth picks to press it in firmly.

The embossing powder on the reverse of the Shrink acts as a kind of ‘glue’ and helps the cd, ep and shrink bond together better.

11. Heat the surface again, and the sprinkle on a final layer of clear embossing powder to seal the shrink plastic and the cd pieces together, and sprinkle on itty bitty beads to add hilights to your embellishments.

Now you have some funky card embellishments or pins! Have a go!

Mixed Media Samples

Joseph Coat is a Brayering Technique which I think Ive fallen in love with! I love how it can be adapted to use on either gloss or matt card, I even tried it on vellum too! The overall effects are so different depending on the surface you stamp on. Experiment and see for yourself! Be careful you dont get hooked!

Supplies Used

* White Card Stock: Matt and Gloss
* Vellum
* Assorted Colour Card Blanks
* Clear Embossing Powder (Stamps n Stuff)
* Heat Tool
* Gold and Silver Leaf Pen (Krylon)
* Versamark Inkpad (Tsukineko)
* Memories Black Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
* Memories Hunter Green Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
* Rainbow Dye Inkpad: Kaliedacolour Desert Heat and Blue Breeze (Clearsnap)
* Adironrack Rainbow Dye Inkpad: Winter Sky (Ranger) (available from: Innovative Stamp Creations)
* Big and Juicy Rainbow Inkpad: Waterfall (Ranger) (available from: Innovative Stamp Creations)
* Tea Dye Distress Dye Inkpad (Ranger) (available from: Innovative Stamp Creations)
* Soft Kitchen Towelling
* Dye Inkpads in: Green and Magenta (Embossing Arts)
* Rubber Brayer
* Paper Trimmer
* Bone Folding Tool
* Double Sided Tape
* Gold Peel Off Corner Stickers (Stampendous)

All Rubber Stamps Used By Innovative Stamp Creations

Joseph Coat Brayering Technique Directions
For reference: I used Gloss Card Stock to create the Dragonfly card seen below. Matt card stock for the Leaf Nature Card seen opposite (left). And Vellum to create the Blue Art card above right. I recommend trying this technique using all 3 different papers so you too can compare the results!

1. Take your sheet of gloss (or matt or vellum) card stock, and brayer over the entire surface using a Rainbow or dye inkpad. Let dry.

2. Stamp image over the top of the brayered background using a clear versamark inkpad (or embossing inkpad), sprinkle over clear embossing powder and heat to melt image.

3. Next brayer over the entire surface of both the brayered background and stamped image using a dark inkpad: Black is good for this. I used ‘Winter Sky’ Adironrak inkpad for this because it was dark and was the shade I was looking for. (I wanted it to be dark, but not black; kinda offblack)

4. Gently rub the stamped image using a soft kitchen towel tissue to remove the ink from the embossed areas of the image itself.

Notice how the brayered card creates a kinda cool reverse resist brayered effect 🙂

Your card is complete.

I just love playing with my Posh Impressions inks!! They make you feel like an artist without having to work to hard as the ink and water does all the work for you! These cards where created using the ‘faux bleach’ technique – instead of bleach you clear emboss then paint over inks to achieve a resist effect.

Read on for details…

Supplies Used

* Cream Or Tan Card Stock
* Versamark Inkpad (Tsunekio)
* Clear And Gold Embossing Powder (Stamps n Stuff)
* Card Blanks
* Gold Brads
* Letter Stickers (Stampendous)
* Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon)
* Posh Impressions Rainbow Inks: Earthtones Set
* Paint Brush
* Cup of Water
* Artists Paint Palette

Rubber Stamps Used

* Gloria Angel (Stampendous)
* Leaves (Personal Impressions)


There are two ways to create these kind of cards;

The first method involves embossing your main image and using the inks to create a kind of ‘wash’ effect. The other way involves using a waterproof inkpad (memories) to create a colourful background without the resist effect.

The directions below are for the ‘faux bleach resist effect’:

1. Take cream or tan card stock and stamp your main image using a versamark inkpad. Emboss immediately using clear embossing powder. Allow to cool.

2. Crumple the card you have just embossed into a very tight ball, squeeze, then open it up again.

3. Place a drop of each of the colours of the inks you are going to use in an artists paint palette.

4. Using a paint brush soak the card stock completely with water.

5. Next dip your brush into one of the ink colours and paint it directly onto the water soaked card stock in a light sweeping movement. Don’t think too hard about this as you want the water to do all the work and blending.

6. Wash your brush out and apply a different colour of ink to the card.

7. Continue until you have created a background wash of colours. Heat set to dry.

I used: Butterscotch, Tan, Burgundy and Green to create my backgrounds shown on this page.

Notice how the crumples in the paper create and add a texture to the ink and how the embossed image creates a resist to the ink. You may notice the ink seeps under the embossed image in some areas, this is normal.

You can experiment adding less or more ink or water to create deeper and lighter shades and hues.

8. Once dry tear round the image leaving a generous border. 9. Apply Versamark inkpad along the torn edges and emboss immediately using gold embossing powder to create a rustic midas background.

10. Create a background of ink wash as described above to layer your art onto; only this time do not crumple the card stock. Apply more water after you have applied the inks to create a lighter wash. Heat set to dry.

11. Apply gold brads to the four corners of the leaf wash background.

12. Affix ink wash background to card stock with double sided tape.

13. Affix main image to the front of the card.

14. Add lettering stickers to spell out LEAVES.

Your ink wash card is complete.

More Ink Wash Background Cards

Card On Left is Stamped With Memories Art Print Brown, Card on Right is Uncrumpled and embossed with clear on tan card stock

These mini glass art collages look like they are actually embedded in real glass! The scans really do not do them justice.

They are perfect left just as they are as mini objects d’art!

Or you can use them as pins, in your AB pages or mount them onto cards.

I started the glass art collages you see on this page using the same directions as described on the Family Heritage Collage page also featured in this issue.

I created several larger collages, then once they were complete I used a paper trimmer to cut off small sections to make into mini collages.

Once I had the min collages I embedded them under glass, please refer to the directions below on how to create these wonderful faux glass embellishments!

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

Supplies Used

* Card Stock
* Modge Podge Glue (Plaid)
* Paint Brush
* Victorian Memory Book Paper (HOTP)
* White Glossy Card Stock

* Musical Background Paper
* Cheap Brush Marker Pens
* Scissors
* Shipping Tag For Template
* Mount Board (or thick card board suitable for enamel embossing on)
* Scissors
* Marvy Le Plume Pen In Rosewood (Tombow)
* Permanent Memories Inkpad: Black (Stewart Superior)
* Permanent Dye Ink Pad: Burgundy (Anitas)
* Gold Letters, Words, Borders And Corner Stickers (Stampendous)
* Victorian Decoupage Scraps (Mamelok)
* Images Cut And Torn From Gift Wrap And Past Times Catalogue
* Paper Lace Doileys
* Victorian Stickers (Colorblok)
* Clear Embossing Powder (Stamps N Stuff)
* Gold Embossing Powder (Stamps N Stuff)
* 2 Plastic Containers For Holding Embossing Powders In
* Non Stick Baking Parchment (Or Teflon or Heat Sheet)
* Clear Versamark Inkpad
* Embossing Heat Gun
* Gold Accent Beads
* Gold Brass Charms
* Pressed Flowers

All Rubber Stamps Used By: Hearts In Touch


1. Take your small mini collages, using modge podge glue; glue them to a sheet of mountboard. Let glue dry.

2. Once glue is dry; cut around all of your collages, set to one side.

3. Pour the gold embossing powder in one container and the clear in another.

4. Tear off a strip of non stick baking parchment and place on your work surface.

5. Take on the min collages you have just glued onto the mount board, and gently press the entire surface with the versamark inkpad.

6. Tap the collage upside down into the clear embossing powder container to adhere powder. Heat to melt.

7. Working quickly place collage back into the clear embossing powder container to adhere another layer of powder. Heat to melt.

8. Repeat step 8 until you have approx 4 layers of clear embossing powder on your collage tile.

9. At this step you can now add embellishments into the hot embossing powder, you can sprinkle on mini beads while the embossing powder is still hot, or pressing brass charms or pressed flowers into the enameling.

Let Cool, your glass collages are complete.

You are probably wondering what the gold embossing powder is for in the supplies list! If you wish to add a gold frame to your glass art collage, before the clear embossing powder has cooled; dip the collage edges into the gold embossing powder container so that a thin strip of gold powder sticks to all 4 edges. Heat set for a lovely midas edge.

I thought it was about time I had a go at the ‘Cracked Glass’ Technique! So I did! This variation used walnut inks and floor wax instead of an embossing inkpad to make the embossing powder stick to the card stock. It gave the artwork a really cool textured glass effect which I liked! Have a go and see what you think….

Supplies Used

* White (ordinary none gloss)
* Black Card Blank
* Permanent Memories Inkpad: Black and Art Print Brown (Stewart Superior)
* Ancient Page Reinkers – Saffron, Sage and Henna (Clearsnap)
* Paint Brush
* Walnut Crystals
* Future Floor Wax or Johnsons Klear Wax
* Clear Embossing Powder
* Heat Gun
* Pair of Scissors
* Hot Of The Press Scrabble Letters Scrapbook Sheet
* Handmade Leaf Paper
* Double Sided Tape

Nature Rubber Stamp Used By CARDSNSTAMPS.COM


1. Stamp the nature image onto white card stock using black inkpad, let dry.

2. Tear around the image.

3. Paint over the entire surface of the card using floor wax.

4. Dip your brush into the walnut crystals and paint over the top of the surface of the card; try and keep the actual stamped image part of the design free of ink but allow the ink to flow freely at the same time.

5. Using a paint brush, drop a tiny bit of colour from the reinkers and paint onto the actual stamped design – I used Saffron for the paper part, sage for the leaves and henna for the shells.

6. While the surface is still wet pour on a generous helping of embossing powder and heat. Once heated apply a second layer and heat then allow to cool a little.

7. As soon as the embossing powder is cool to touch take it in your hands and fold and crack the image to crack the embossing powder itself thus created the ‘cracked glass’ effect.

8. Take the Art Print Brown dye inkpad and gently rub over the cracked glass areas to make them more visable. Also rub the inkpad along the torn edges of the paper.

9. Layer cracked glass image onto a sheet of torn handmade paper and affix to the front of a card blank.

10. Add NATURE words from scrabble sheet.

Your card is complete.