Make your own Easter cards

As I’ve mentioned before (here), 2014 is my year of handmade gifts and greeting cards.

This blog post on Cupcakes & Cashmere inspired me to try embossing, and it’s the perfect hobby for those of us who want quick results. I’ve made quite a few cards since that blog post and now time has come to make Easter cards to send to friends and family.

Embossing is a simple technique for creating metallic print on any kind of paper or cardstock. Purchasing the heat gun, the acrylic block and the rubber stamps are a one-off expense and you will reuse these again and again. It’s recommendable to buy the stamps off season, when they tend to be on sale – I bought my Christmas stamps at a great bargain in January.

In most countries, the embossing powders seem to come in a range of different colours, however, they are limited to only five in Norway. Since I’m currently hooked on anything gold, I’ve used this colour on my cards.

Here is how you emboss you own Easter cards:

Blank cards
Glue pad
Acrylic block (for attaching the stamps)
Rubber stamps with an Easter theme
Embossing powder (I have used gold)
Embossing heat gun
A small brush
A glue pen (optional)

Select the stamps you want to use and place them on the acrylic block, making sure they will look good on the card.

Press the stamp on the glue pad, making sure all parts of the stamp has got glue on it. Then press the stamp onto the card, this time making sure all parts of the stamp are touching the card, so the glue gets transferred. The glue is invisible, so it’s hard to see where it has adhered.

Pour embossing powder over the glue, being quite liberal. To get the extra powder back in the pot, bend the card in the middle and tap on the sides so the card acts as a funnel, making it easy to pour the powder back in the pot.

Remove excess powder by gently tapping the card on the table, using a small brush to get off the last few grains.

Finally, switch on the heat gun and hold it about 8 cm (3 inches) from the print for a few minutes, until the powder changes colour and solidifies (the gold powder goes from a greenish tint to bright gold). The paper will warp as you apply the heat, but will straighten out again as it cools down.

On my cards, I printed a larger motif on the front and a smaller on the inside.

If you have a steady hand and cool handwriting, you can use a glue pen to write a message on the front, as I have done with the Happy Easter card. You can also use one of the smaller stamps to print an Easter motif on the outside of the envelopes.

Some practical advice // To keep the mess at a minimum, I do the embossing over two sheets of plain paper. On the top sheet, I keep the powder pot on the right and the card on the left. When there’s a large heap of stray powder on the right side of the top sheet, I bend this sheet to a funnel and pours it back into the pot, making sure to hold the pot over the second sheet of paper below.

Happy Easter!