How to make a Christmas card

Materials for Embossing
Materials for Embossing

Tools you will need

 Embossing Christmas cards is a simple way to to show others you care.  When your friends and relatives open their homemade Christmas card form you  they won't believe you made it.  Embossing is quite simple.  You need Embossing powder, blank cards, card stock, different colors and rubber stamps.  All of these can be bought at your local craft store for relativley cheap price.

Step one

Step on assemble a clean area for you to work in. Assemble your tools so that they are within reach. Find a rubber stamp that inspires you. Today I have chosen an elf stamper. As you can see I have placed it on green paper for contrast. You want to be sure to use an embossing powder whose color will contast with the color of your paper. Black is always a sure bet. Today I used green. Turn your stamp upside down and cover entire area with ink pad.

press evenly
press evenly
cover entire stamp with ink
cover entire stamp with ink

Step Two

Place your rubber stamp stamp side up and press down with your ink color to cover the whole area. It is important to make sure you have the whole stamp covered in ink so that the embossing powder will stick. Next press the stamp rubber side down on your paper. Press evenly. Next sprinkle the area with embossing powder. It is essential you do this is a quick manner so the ink does not dry up. The ink drying time will depend upon the quality of your ink. Make sure to evenly distribute the embossing powder all over your stamped image. After you assure that it is covered gently tap the card to remove unwanted powder and place it back in the container. Take your heating tool and and start at the top of your image. Work your way down watching the powder melt and adhere to the paper.

sprinkle on embossing powder
sprinkle on embossing powder
spread embosing powder around so that it adheres to your ink stamp
spread embosing powder around so that it adheres to your ink stamp

Step Three

After you have glued the paper to the front you now want to emboss the inside. Take your stamper with the appropriate message and do the same as before.

center stamper
center stamper
move embossing poder on image so it sticks to the ink
move embossing poder on image so it sticks to the ink
heat
heat

Finished product

Finished product after I colored it a bit with prismacolor pencils
Finished product after I colored it a bit with prismacolor pencils

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