Hello everyone!  I hope your weekend was fantastic and filled with lots of scrapping.  I know that I can’t seem to keep up with all of the wonderful creations being posted on our Facebook Fan Page as everyone is making the effort to be a part of our Emerald Club and in turn have a shot at the fantastic Echo Park giveaway!

Well here it is Monday again, which means it’s time for Monday Card Madness.  Before we get talking about this weeks sketch, let’s talk a little bit about today’s amazing steal, American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder.  I’m not going to sugar coat the fact that I’m just not a stamper.  I looooooooove the look of it and truly admire people with the gift of stamping ability, however I will say there is something amazingly fun and magical about heat embossing.  Even though I’m not great at it, I certainly LOVE doing it!  Maybe with a little practice I’ll even get better!

I was looking through my limited stamps (yeah…because I just don’t stamp!) and thought it would be fun to make a snowflake card using the wonderfully bright colors featured in today’s steal.  I was going to do multi-colors, but one hot pink snowflake later I was hooked!

Even my 16 year old was pretty much beside herself with happiness and has decided that she will make the same card for her friends for Christmas.

So you may be asking, what exactly do you need to do heat embossing?  Mandatory is heat embossing powders (like today’s steal), stamps, versamark ink (or pigment ink) and absolutely helpful although not entirely necessary is a heating tool.  (You can use a stove top or toaster, but do yourself a favor and get a heating tool.  You’ll thank yourself within minutes!)

Heat embossing is really quite simple.

1. stamp image on to project using Versamark ink. (Or any pigment ink should work just fine, as long as it stays wet.  Just remember to coordinate the ink color with your embossing powder!)

2. Dump embossing powder into the inked image.  Dump off excess and carefully brush away and particles that want to cling outside of the stamped image.  A small paint brush works great for this.  Remember anywhere there is embossing powder sticking, it will remain on the finished project.

3. Hold heating tool 6 – 7″ away from project and gently heat until embossing powders begin to bubble and melt.  Once the magical change takes place be sure to move the heat source to a different area to avoid scorching and warping of your paper.

4. Sit back and admire the beauty of heat embossing.

I have to tell you that I absolutely love the neon colors offered in today’s Steal.  I love the pop that they give on black cardstock especially.

After creating the snowflake card I made a ‘Congratulations’ card and this weeks sketch was born!

I had so much fun using 2 different stamps nested into each other using two different colors of embossing powders.

I had to get my fill once again of using the neon colors on black and made a fun birthday card using some whimsical circle stamps and also nested two stamps again so that I could get a spash of blue here and there.

I was going to stop there with the cards but honestly laid in bed on Friday night dreaming up other cards that would work well with the sketch.  I thought it would be fun to use buttons to complete the circular portion of the card, so I made a fun girly card that would be great to send to a friend simply to say ‘hi!’.

I then thought that it would be a little more ‘boyish’ to make a card eliminating the ribbon but adding some photo corners instead as well as replacing the circles for stars.

So there you have it!  If you’re looking for a great treat for Santa to put under your tree, today’s steal would be a fantastic option!  We can’t wait to see your take on this weeks card sketch.  Remember to be qualified to win all of the cards based off of sketches that I make this month, all you have to do is create a card, post it to our Facebook Fan Page, or other online source such as a personal blog, and leave a comment on the coordinating blog post with a link to your project and you will be entered into a random drawing to win all that I create in the month of December.  Maybe not the most exciting of prizes, but hey….it will give you a stash of cards to have on hand for various occasions!

Have a GREAT Monday!

:)