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Scratch and Sniff Scented Embossing Powder by Kara Anderson | How To’sday

Scratch and Sniff Scented Embossing Powder by Kara Anderson | How To’sday

I have to say that today’s tutorial by Kara Anderson is one of the most unique ideas that I’ve seen in a long time! Stamping is such a beautiful art, but combining a it with a little scratch and sniff fun and you’ve got yourself an uncommonly unique end result.

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Scratch and Sniff Scented Embossing Powder

This is such a fun technique that I came across online a few years ago. It’s a great way to make your cards pop and it’s also fun on cards for kids. There are scented embossing powders on the market today, but why buy them when you can make your own (unless, of course they are featured on ScrapbookSteals!)

Materials

  • Heat Tool
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Versa Mark ink
  • Clear or rubber stamps – solid images work best
  • Cardstock
  • A scrap sheet of paper
  • Sugar free drink mix (or other sugar free powder like cocoa, cinnamon, coffee, etc.)
  • Small container or bowl
  • Measuring spoons

Instructions

1.  Select your desired scent and mix the drink mix powder with clear embossing powder at a ratio of 2 ½ to 3 parts embossing powder to 1 part sugar free drink mix. You want more embossing powder than drink mix otherwise the powder will not melt. As well, make sure that you use a sugar free powder or the sugar will start to caramelize when heated (think crème brulee…delicious, but not so much on your card).

2.   Ink up your stamp with lots of Versa Mark so that lots of powder sticks. Stamp your image on your cardstock.

3.   Generously pour your scented embossing powder all over the stamped image.

4.   Tap off excess powder. I like to flick the back of my cardstock a couple times to get rid of any stray powder bits. If you find that you have powder sticking to places on the cardstock other than your stamped image, you can brush them off with a soft paintbrush, or try rubbing an embossing buddy or a used unscented dryer sheet over your cardstock before you stamp your image to help remove any static.

5.   Heat your image with a heat tool. A great technique to help prevent your powder blowing away when using your heat tool, is to heat the image from the back. Once it has all melted, flip it around and give it one quick shot of heat from the front to make sure the image is set.

6.      Attach your image to your card.

7.      All that’s left to do now is scratch and sniff!

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Thank you Kara for such a fun idea!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for the final installment in our “Gold Club” series of Mid Week Mojo sketches!

Have a great ScrapbookSteals birthday week and a fantastic How To’sday.

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Cards & Monday Card Madness #7

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Cards & Monday Card Madness #7

Well what do you know!  It’s Monday again!  I don’t know about you, but those weekends always seem to fly by a little too quickly.  I’ll admit however, that I do look forward to Monday’s now with a little more enthusiasm knowing that my day will be filled with creating!

I was so excited to get to play with today’s steal, the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Card Kit.   It honestly stunned me a little when I figured out that Christmas is a mere 40 days away!  EEEEK!  That means a lot of shopping, wrapping, baking, party going, neighbor gifting, decorating, and let’s not forget CARD MAKING is upon us!

I cannot even begin to express how much I love the Dear Lizzy Christmas card kit for the mere fact that it includes enough cards to put a huge dent in my send out list, as well as the fact that they go together in a snap!  I love the fact that they still possess the hand made factor without all of the brain power, because the truth is, at this time of year, my brain starts to shrivel up….just a little bit.

I wanted to show how versatile these cards can be.

I always feel like adding a little bit of ink to projects adds a whole lot of character.  On this particular card I added a little silver ink around the edges of the center embellishment.

I then added some glue to the snowflake…

And covered it with clear Doodlebug, Sugar Coated Glitter.

I really love how adding the ink and glitter adds a personal touch this card.

I then decided to add a little embossing powder to the edges of center embellishment on this card, and as much as I love the red ribbon that came with the kit, I added silver ribbon to this card to compliment the embossing powder….

For this card, I simply added a row of ribbon behind the embellishment, across the center of the card….

I had so much fun with the embossing powders that I added some snow flakes to the front of this card….

And to this card I added a few buttons…

I love the sentiment stamps that come with the kit.  Two fantastic choices to finish off some seriously cute cards!

I let these cards inspire me for this weeks Monday Card Madness.  I went with the ‘Merry’ card as I really loved how the background was made up of 4 squares.

I took the idea, plowed through my stash of stuff and made a card for my hunny for our upcoming 18th Wedding Anniversary this weekend.

Sure it’s a little girly, but it’s the thought that matters….right?

We have absolutely LOVED seeing what you all create.  Our Facebook Fan Photos are positively dripping with inspiraiton.

Don’t forget to create your cards, post them to Facebook, or personal blog and share a link with us here on this blog post.

At the end of the month I will do a random drawing from all of the participants in the Monday Card Madness and send out all of the Monday Card Madness cards that I have created this month….with the exception of the card I made for my hunny!  I will send out the 5 Holiday cards instead.  Hee hee.

Until Wednesday….happy scrappin’!