Creating a faux Stained Glass card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring a faux Stained-Glass technique! We all love to learn new tips, tricks, and techniques, and so when I saw a video on YouTube from Jennifer McGuire, I thought I want to try that!! So for this project, I used the new Big Shot Embossing Mats, Brusho Crystal Colour, and the big flower die from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies.

To start with, I used a piece of Watercolor Paper cut at 4” x 6”:


Next, I embossed the Watercolor Paper using the big flower die from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot Embossing Mat:


I used Painters Tape to tape the paper to a cutting board (that I only use for crafting), and colored the flowers and leaves using Brusho and the medium tip Aqua Painter. I only mixed up a couple of colors to make purple and the rest are single colors:


After this completely dried, I stamped my VersaMark pad directly onto the paper around the flowers, covered with Clear Embossing Powder, and heat embossed. I did this technique twice to make the paper extra shiny:


I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4” x 6” and placed a piece of Sizzix Adhesive Sheet (cut at 3” x 4” and then cut diagonally) on the back of the paper. Then I cut out the big flower thinlit with the Big Shot and with the adhesive on the back, this will make it easier to adhere to the embossed paper:

Next, I again used the VersaMark pad completely over the image and then heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder, I did this technique twice as well, but you can do it more, it just depends on how thick you want this piece to be:


I fussy cut around the flowers on the Watercolor Paper, removed the backing from the heat embossed image, and then adhered to the Watercolor Paper. Any additional pieces that I may have missed and are sticking out, I was able to fussy cut them off:


Here is a close-up of the image:


The card base is Calypso Coral cardstock, cut at 5 ½” 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:


The base layer is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:


Since the embossed image is pretty thick, I used liquid glue to adhere to the base layer and the base layer to the card base:


The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greeting stamp set, stamped in Calypso Coral ink on a scrap piece of the same DSP. I punched this out and a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock with the Classic Label Punch, trimming down the sentiment. This is then adhered together and use Mini Dimensionals to adhere to the card front:


The inside sentiment is also from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Calypso Coral ink. The butterflies are from the Abstract Impressions stamp set in Calypso Coral and Mango Melody inks:


This was my very first time trying this technique and I really like how it turned out! Of course, after the card is completed I could see somethings that I would do differently next time when coloring the embossed flowers in. But isn’t that how it goes when you try something new??

I will definitely do this again, but next time I am going to use the butterfly from this thinlit set and watercolor pencils!! So stay tuned!!

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Author: Christina Miller

I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia and was first introduced to Stampin' Up! in 2004 when I attended my very first card class with my Mother-in-Law and I was immediately hooked! I first started out by making simple holiday cards and over the years as my stash has grown, so have my card and craft making skills. It has always warmed my heart when family and friends love my cards, but they actually keep them! In 2016 I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and figured I could just do it for a hobby, but now I am going to branch out for all to world to see. So grab your favorite beverage, sit in your favorite chair, and join me as I share my cards and crafts with you! Enjoy!

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