One of my friends asked me if I would do a video on heat embossing as she struggles with it.  I struggle with it as well, especially in the summer months when the weather is humid.  I’m never sure what I do wrong, but today I took some steps toward finding what my issues are.  I ordered a book from Amazon that Lindsay had read and really seemed to get a lot out of called “Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z”…It definitely sounds like it has the answers I’m looking for, and step one, is in the bag.  I’m not sure if my heat gun is working well so Carol Held recommended the one that Michaels sells that is a Recollections product, so I purchased one of those.  Lastly, I’m going to remake my anti-static pouch with baby powder as maybe corn starch isn’t the answer.  I could always buy one of the pouches they sell, but I’m not sure they contain anything different from what I’m already using.  I just want to cover all of my bases before I make the video.

I’ve watched some of the big crafters use the heat tool from Hero Arts that’s metal all the way to the tip.  I think that it looks like a third degree burn waiting to happen.  Of course, none of them have ever admitted to getting burned, but you know I’ll be using it on my first video and end up crying like a baby after I’ve accidentally dropped it into my lap.  I think I’m going with the “better safe than sorry” outlook on heat tools.

I really wish I had a local crafty friend that I could run some of my questions by when I’m in the middle of a crisis.  It would be terrific to find someone that can relate to the issues we face when making cards.

I had a great time making the fun fold card with the shirt and tie and I think I’ll be focusing on making at least one fun fold card a week going forward.  I have an idea that I’d like to try out where I make a decorated magnetic memo holder for on the refrigerator.  I’m sure someone has already made one, but I’m thinking of coming up with a unique and different idea (if I can.)  I’m crossing my fingers on this one.


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