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Coral and Bronze Sea Shell Card for the Inventor

Coral and Bronze Sea Shell Card
for the Inventor

 By: Jennifer Willis, Artistic Guide

 Finished Card Size: 4  1/4" x 5  1/2"

Shell Square FS10-ss (Faerie Song Art Stamps)
Stardream A2 Cards:Bronze &  Coral (Paper Goods)
Bronze UM-24 Ultimate
Metallic ink (Tsukineko)
Embossing Ink (Close To My Heart)
Embossing Powder: Clear (Creative Living)
Perfect Pearls Powder: Perfect Bronze (Ranger)
Double Sided Tape (Xyron)
Dusting Brush (Stampendous)
Toilet Paper: about 3 squares
Tissue Paper
Heat Gun
Paper Trimmer


  1. Place the square shell image upright on a flat surface that is protected with a towel.
  2. Place water in a dish and tear the toilet paper up into small pieces, dropping into the water. With your fingers mix the toilet paper and water into a mushy pulp. Once the paper is mushy, drop pieces of the pulp onto the stamp, making sure the entire image is covered. Using the towel, press and absorb any run-off water from the paper pulp until it is just damp. The handmade paper can be removed at this point and set aside to air dry.
  3. On a bronze card, stamp the square shell image nine times in a three column by three row formation, alternating between upright and upside down, in embossing ink and coat with embossing powder. With the heat gun, melt the powder. Sprinkle a small amount of the bronze pearl powder onto the card front and with the dusting brush coat the front of the card, adding powder as needed. The embossed areas will resist the powder. Once the card front has been well coated, lay a piece of tissue paper that has been folded into a couple layers on the embossed card front. With the iron heated to the wool setting, iron the tissue paper. This will remove the melted embossing powder**, leaving a negative of the stamped images.
  4. Cut a 2  1/4" square from a piece of coral paper and a 2 1/2" square from a piece of the bronze paper and layer, attaching with the double sided tape, to create a mat.
  5. Stamp the square shell image onto the handmade paper in bronze ink. Working around the stamped image, remove any excess paper pulling with small, gentle pinches and attach to the mat.
  6. Center and attach the matted image onto the front of the card.

**Guide's Tip: An alternative method of removing the embossing powder is to use a piece of card stock or paper. The images will transfer to the paper when heated with the iron creating a reverse image that can be used in a future project.

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  1. very effective use of the toilet paper casting
    card is simple yet elegant