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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pre-Made Focals

The other day I decided to make a bunch of card focal elements so I'd have them ready to go when I wanted them.  In the picture above, you see some examples. 

  • Acrylic and/or Rubber Stamps (most were from JustRite as I like having the coordinating dies for ease of cutting them out!)
  • Cutting dies (Spellbinders/JustRite that coordinate with my stamps) with Grand Caliber or other die cutting machine
  • Glossy white cardstock
  • Alcohol inks & Alcohol Blending Solution & Applicator with felt pads
  • Embossing ink pad
  • Embossing Powder in a variety of colors & Heat Gun

  1. Cut out a variety of shapes from the glossy white cardstock using the dies.  I like the Grand Caliber for this as I can cut out so many at one time!
  2. Color the cut-out shapes as you like with the alcohol inks and blending solution on the applicator with felt pads, and let your shapes dry (doesn't take long).
  3. Stamp images and sentiments on them using embossing ink.
  4. Before the ink dries, add embossing powder in color of your choosing, and then heat emboss with the heat gun.
I'm sure that in upcoming blogs you'll see plenty of examples of how I have used these pre-made focals!


Karenliz said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

CMLinda said...

I love this idea, and when combined with the pre-made card kits, it is great for those days when you feel like organizing and creating all at once... or those days when you just want to make something without the fuss of many steps. This is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing.