Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fancy "Gilded" Handwriting

There are times when an idea pops in my head and it never works the way I intended. This time, my idea worked pretty well. I figured that since handmade cards are such a personal way to let someone know you are thinking about them, that it would be cool to be able to use my handwriting as part of the design. Keep in mind that even though I stay at the Holiday Inn Express, I'm not doctor. However, my handwriting is perilously close to looking like I'm signing a prescription order. I had to work hard to make the handwritten words on these cards look legible, but then again, EVERYTHING looks better when it is a fancy gold color! All of the words that are on the following cards were handwritten by me and gold embossed. What do you think?

The floral image I used on all cards is from the Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms stamp set. I thought the largest image from this set was a perfect backdrop for my popped up gilded handwriting. 

The "wonky" shaped sequins are the Gold Sequin trim from Stampin' Up! I heat them with my heat tool and they end up deliciously misshapen. 

I used the corner rounder on my Stampin' Up! Envelope punch board to selectively round certain corners. 

I absolutely LOVE how they all turned out. 

How did I do it? 

I tried this method on various types of Stampin' Up! paper. I found that the colored and watercolor papers work pretty well, but the smooth Very Vanilla and Whisper White didn't really work well. 

This is something you need to be well prepared for beforehand, because you need to work quickly. I used the watercolor paper for my projects. I did the watercoloring after the embossing, because it doesn't seem to work well if you try this after you have watercolored the paper. The surface of the paper changes so much once it is wet, then dry, it just didn't work well. 

Trim your watercolor paper to the size you wish. Rub the Embossing Buddy over the surface of the paper, making sure you cover it well. Grab a Stampin' Write marker in a color of your choice and write your word. Immediately cover the written word with embossing powder, shake off the excess and emboss like you would any other embossing project. I used Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder for this project. Another tip: Use a coordinating color of marker to write your word. That way when you are watercoloring this piece after you emboss it, if there is any stray part of your word that didn't emboss perfectly, that little bit of color will just be included with your watercoloring. I used inks from the matching Stampin' Up! ink pads and an Aqua Painter to swish on the color. The gold embossed area will resist and just "pop" off the page once you watercolor it. (on a side note: I did use a bit of Bermuda Bay ink on the Mint Macaron project)

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As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,


  1. Looking great! I just wrote on an make it match the card! I will have to try this technique and see if I like mine!

  2. Spectacular!!! I love your creativity!

  3. I love them too! They are beautiful!

  4. Awesome job you did. I just didn't about it Thanks for "teaching something new"!

  5. The embossing powder really adheres to the marker? How fast do you have to do it? One letter at a time?

  6. No. I just wrote the entire word and immediately put the embossing powder on it. It adhered with no problem.


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