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Hello, hello everyone! I am back with a very quick yet super exciting post! I have been working behind the scenes to create my new website and today it is live!

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Laura

Create Metallic Accents with Heat Embossing



Hi everyone! Today I am back with a floral card featuring some heat embossed accents, as well as the Studio Katia Honey Bees and Floral Garden stamp sets. Make sure to watch the video at the end of this post for a step by step tutorial, showing how you can make it too!

For my card background, I started by die cutting some Bristol Smooth Cardstock with the Darling Ribbon & Frames dies. I heat embossed the images in the Floral Garden stamp set with gold embossing powder and then did some ink blending with Distress Oxides. I used Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean together with my Studio Katia blending brushes.
I then decided to add a little more detail to the background.  I used the Oxide lift technique to lighten up some of the flowers on my background and added a few strokes with a Prismacolor pencil. If you are not familiar with the Distress Oxide Lift technique, make sure to watch the video, as I explain it in more detail there! :)


Next, I created some metallic accents for my card. I cut a thin rectangle frame as well as a dome shaped frame out of some white cardstock, using the Dotted Square Frame Die and the Scallop Square Dies. I then coated the die cuts with clear embossing ink and embossed them with gold embossing powder. I repeated this step a couple of times, so that my die cuts would be nice and dimensional, and I did the same for my sentiment, for which I used the Lovely Words Dies.


For a touch of cuteness, I stamped and colored a few of the images in the Honey Bees stamp set. I die cut them with the coordinating dies and glued them to my card front. I also created a focal point on my card by backing my domed shape frame with some vellum.


As a last step, I scattered some Gold Foil Confetti on my card front. Don't forget to check out the video tutorial down below to see how to create this beautiful floral card with metallic accents! And if you haven't already, make sure to subscribe for more inspiration!




Thank you all for stopping by and have a great day!

The items marked with a * were sent to me for free for designing purposes. When possible, affiliated links are used. This means that if you make a purchase through one of these links, I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you. The money I earn this way goes towards running this blog and my YouTube channel and allows me to keep sharing inspiration with you. Thank you for your support! 💖






Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil

Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

Hi everyone! It's Laura here and today I am back with a fun Pull Tab Valentine's day card and a hack to make a DIY stencil for your cards! 
Pull Tab cards are interactive cards where, as the name suggests, you can pull a tab to reveal a hidden element...in this case I opted for the evil Cupid in the Cupido Stamp set by Impronte d'Autore!


Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

I absolutely adore this set and I think it is a great one both for sweet and for funny cards, like today's one.

Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

I started by stamping the images on smooth white cardstock. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and I did some embossing with clear embossing powder, before coloring them with my Art&Graphic Twin markers. Once I was done coloring, I die cut them with the coordinating dies. 

Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

I then cut some more smooth white cardstock to 4.25x5.5", which is the size of my card front.  I used the Bordo Nuvole dies to obtain two cloud borders.


Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

I then created my DIY stencil. I used again the Bordo Nuvole dies and cut out some acetate. I used two different dies on either side of my custom stencil, so that it would be even more versatile!
This is super easy to do and, because we are using acetate, it will be really easy to clean our stencil so that we can use it over and over again!


Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

Next, I created my sky on some more smooth white cardstock.  I die cut it with the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies and created a cloudy sky with Distress Inks and my DIY stencil. I used Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio. 

It is not shown in the picture, but at this stage I also blended Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers on the two cloud borders and I glued them together.

Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

At this point, it was time to start creating the interactive element for my card, and the Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On dies make the job really easy. 
As a first step, I used the larger die in the set to cut my pull tab. The die also embosses some lines so that we can fold the paper like I am showing in the picture above.

Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

Next, I used two more dies from the Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On set and created a notch at the top of my Sky panel as well as a slit where I want my interactive element to move. 

Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

The pull tab will move behind the sky panel and we will glue our moving image to the flaps that we will have inserted in the slit. (in my case the evil Cupid).

Before doing that, though, I exetended the slit with the same die I used to create it in the first place. This way there is enough room for my hidden image to pop out of the cloud border, that I will be adhering later on.

Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

At this point I could go ahead and glue my image to the Pull Tab mechanism. I also decorated the top of the pull tab with another die in the Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add-On set. I then mounted everything on an A2 sized card base, using foam tape.

Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On

I added the cloud border and the rest of the images to my card front and, for some finishing touches, I used Crystal Stickles and Glossy Accents. The sentiment was created out of black cardstock with the Impronte d'Autore Hello die.

Pull Tab Valentine's Day Card with DIY Stencil - Impronte d'Autore Cupido and Lawn Fawn Let's Toast Pull Tab Add On


And that's it for today! I really hope you enjoyed this card and, before you go, don't forget to let me know which is your favorite type of interactive card! I am really curious!

Thank you all for stopping by and have a great day!









The items marked with a * were sent to me for free for designing purposes. When possible, affiliated links are used. This means that if you make a purchase through one of these links, I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you. The money I earn this way goes towards running this blog and my YouTube channel and allows me to keep sharing inspiration with you. Thank you for your support! 💖






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