The July Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp popped though my door the other day and I think I might have let out a little squeal when I opened the box as I love a good nautical theme :D I was firstly drawn to the pack of Tim Holtz Ideology Travel Adornments; the detail in these charms is amazing and I’m not sure how I ended up down this path but I started thinking of wax seals. I used a piece of baking paper attached to a thin piece of card, poured on a good spoonful of Gold embossing powder and then heated from underneath. A few things to note – the baking paper provides a slightly slick surface making the seal easy to remove when done, the thin card means you have something to hold on to while heating from underneath and that’s the third thing – heat from underneath, if you heat from above the powder flies everywhere. Ask me how I know LOL!
Once you have a good puddle of molten embossing powder, lay the card on a heat-resistant surface and using a pair of tweezers lay the compass charm into the puddle. Wait a short while for the powder to start to cool and solidify and then remove the charm. Remember the embossing powder can still be quiet hot at this point so use tweezers again and wait until it is fully cooled before removing from the baking paper whereupon you will have a faux wax seal :D
I added the seal to a little matchbook style card. I used the partial die cutting technique to cut a 2 ¾ x 6 ¼” long stitched rectangle of Ivory card and scored at 2 ½” to create the front flap. I cut the same rectangle from Authentique patterned paper at its normal size and scored at 1″. This small flap adhered the patterned paper to the back of the card.
I wrapped the May Arts twine included in the kit around the matchbook three times, tied in a knot and let the ends hang loose. The wax seal then covers the knot and is attached with foam adhesive. To finish the card I used the sentiment from the Sailing set White heat embossed on a partially die cut Thanksgiving Feast banner cut from more of the patterned paper. Such a simple card but I really enjoyed experimenting with the charm to make the seal.
You can subscribe to this (no obligation) card kit of the month program for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Kits can also be purchased individually at Simon Says Stamp store for $29.95 plus Shipping and Handling where you can also buy many of the elements of the kit separately. Clicking here takes you directly to this July edition of the Kit :D
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