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Techniques you’ll learn
Embossing, Dye cutting, Stamping
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- Secret Garden die by Hero Arts
- Hexagon dies by Hero Arts
- Reactive inks by Hero Arts
- White cardstock
- Wild Columbine Sentiment stamp or die (optional)
- Acrylic block or stamping platform
- Die-cutting machine
- Before die-cutting the Secret Garden die, place it onto the white cardstock and lightly trace around the edges with a pencil. This will help you position the Hexagon dies later on.
- Use a piece of scrap paper to protect your work surface while you ink up the Secret Garden die-cut. This will prevent any excess ink from getting onto your work surface.
- To create a more vibrant and blended look, you can spritz some water onto the inked background using a mister. This will react with the reactive inks and create a fun watercolor effect.
- Once you’ve adhered the Hexagon die-cuts onto the inked background, you can run the whole piece through an embossing folder to add even more texture. Just make sure the Hexagon die-cuts are securely adhered before running it through the embossing folder.
- If you’re using a stamp for your sentiment, make sure to use a stamping platform or acrylic block to ensure even pressure and a clean impression. Test stamp on a scrap piece of paper before stamping onto your cardstock to make sure you’re happy with the placement and impression.
- To add some sparkle and shine, you can use glitter or metallic pens to add highlights to the Hexagon die-cuts or the sentiment. You can also add sequins or gems for some extra bling.
- When you’re finished, don’t forget to sign your card and write a personal message inside for the recipient. This will make the card even more special and thoughtful.