Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Scratch and Sniff with Stamps

Dot is out of the office this week, and according to my instructions, I was supposed to have posted this much earlier in the day. My apologies - we got a new webcam for filming online tutorials, and I spent the day trying to set it up for this post. I am still getting used to it, but I think it's an improvement over the one I used for previous tutorials.

On to stamps! Remember, this week we're learning how versatile and easy stamps can be for making small gifts and projects. There's no particular order to these techniques - I've just picked them up here and there in craft and scrapbooking publications. I hope at least a few of them are inspirational to whatever you're working on right now!

Idea #2: Scratch and Sniff Card

This little stamp idea has been around for a while, and you can find video tutorials for it elsewhere on the web. But I wanted to film our own, for those of you who haven't seen it before. I'll skip the explanation and just let you watch it:

In the video I mentioned other scented powders you can add to your embossing enamel, but then I forgot to tell you which ones. You can use just about any finely ground, aromatic powder, as long as it doesn't contain sugar or anything else that burns at a low temperature (your average heat embossing tool runs anywhere from 450 to 650 degrees). Try using extra-fine cocoa powder with brown embossing powder for luscious chocolate decorations (think Christmas Mint!). Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, or bayberry to orange or red embossing powder for warm and spicy autumn scented projects. And of course, there's no end to the various flavors and combinations of powdered drink mixes (like kool-aid).

Lastly, if making your own scratch and sniff embossing powder is more work than it's worth to you, check out gel-a-tins Scented Embossing Powders. They've cooked up some truly yummy flavors for just about every gift-giving occasion.

That's it for today! I will try to put a photo of the finished card from today's tutorial in tomorrow's post. And I will definitely get it posted earlier in the day!


1 comment:

dotty said...

Wow Josh, amazing! ...I want a strawberry lemonade now. It really looks that tempting.


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