Wellllll I decided to try doing a set or two of cards just like Jennifer McGuire did on her blog in
this post using the same flowers.(I just realised I didn't add any sparkle like Jennifer has and it does look nice- off to get the Wink of Stella out)
I have stamped all the little cards and they aren't too bad though it was a bit harder in that you are trying to estimate where the next layer comes down as you are not using the outline (after watching Therese at Lostinpaper where she showed me how beautiful they can look by using the outline, I have decided if I do it again I would be better off doing even a very light outline stamp first).
Then it was time for the vellum layer. I thought my vellum was quite thick and couldn't image it any thicker for the flower to show through. BUT the cards won't stand up. Maybe thats the way they are meant to be, I don't know. Anyway I continued on and as you can see here it is quite pretty BUT they will be my last set.
As you can see here the over stamping isn't so neat but its passable.
To be honest the vellum is the hardest bit and a learning lesson. Probably if I had just gone one card then decided from there if I wanted to do more, but I set myself a task of 8 cards.
a) you need to remember to use the anti static pillow or tool each time you go to stamp as your fingers will leave oil on the vellum that the white powder loves to stick to.
b) You need to make sure your card is lined up where you want it each time you are stamping and make sure it hasn't moved so your embossing on top matches. I did attach with temporary tape but they can still move.
c) Make sure you have really good light so you can see where you are stamping as the vellum makes it harder to see exactly where you are stamping.
d) You really need to prepare and stamp and emboss each part separately, so it is a bit time consuming.
e) Jennifer points out its a good idea to preheat your heat gun and do your embossing more as short bursts to stop the vellum curling (as you can see I didn't listen too well).
f) You need to remember to clean off the stamps roughly every couple of goes or the outlines start to get thick and no where near as pretty.
Moral of this stamp and emboss adventure.
Loved the idea but it is a bit more time consuming than I want for a card or a set of cards. I have stamped all sets but have only done three so far in the vellum part as light ran out and it was too hard to see the outline. Will finish tomorrow. Of the three done I will need to do one again.
My yellow card that you can barely see is hidden because I juddered(Is that a word???) as I stamped and I have double and triple lines in some spots. Then my sentiment I pressed down too hard and ended up thick and ugly.
This isn't for any challenge as it is a direct copy of what Jennifer has done. Her cards are stunning and when she does it and she does go through step by step it doesn't look that time consuming so don't take my word for it. If you like them go try them.
Thanks for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon.