A glimpse at Zoe before Copics!

Zoe February 9, 2011 21

Hi Everyone,

Many of you have shared in my journey of learning to colour, though you don’t really know where my crafting originated as prior to colouring I had been making cards since I was 15. Many of my cards were clean and simple and I was really a ‘stamper’, with embossing powders, rainbow inks, jac paper, stencils, glitter and so forth. I would make many of my own backgrounds with glossy paper and so on.

I didn’t have dies, embossing folders and flowers and stuff. I would trace out shapes I wanted and cut them out by hand. I would make my own flowers if I used them and make many of my own embellishments and so on. I actually made a lot more cards that had moving parts and I especially loved to make shaker cards.

So when I saw Crissy’s new image this month – Floral Heart available from Whimsy -I was instantly reminded of some of the stamps I used to play with and knew exactly what I wanted to do!

I wanted to play with EMBOSSING POWDER!!  Yup! Using a DIGI STAMP!! 🙂

Floral Heart is THE perfect image to play around with when trying this concept. The idea is to print your digi with an inkjet printer onto velum. I learned of this technique months ago from someone on CDAC. I am sorry I don’t recall her name.

I had my settings set to glossy photo paper and on high quality print so it would drop a lot of ink. I had the heat gun preheated, my catching tray right beside the printer and the lid off the embossing powder ready to sprinkle! I probably didn’t need to be so ready but it doesn’t hurt! heehee

As you can see the card is nice, clean and simple. I did use some of my gadgets and added the dry embossed background and used a scalloped square die for a little bit of decoration. 🙂

I stamped the grid pattern using a cheap Kaiser stamp I think.

I stuck the vellum heart after it was embossed to some white cardboard and cut it out so it would really pop.

Here is a close up!

Of course the theme of this card is ‘LOVE’ which ties in perfectly for this months challenge over at Sundays with Crissy. Every few days one of us brings you some new inspiration to help get your mojo going! To enter the LOVE challenge you need to go to THIS POST.

I would LOVE for you to try this technique. It really is fun! Of course you could do this with any image but I am allowed to be a little biased aren’t I? teehee

So with Valentines approaching there are a lot of challenges sharing a bit of LURVE!!

  1. Mojo Monday – The perfect place for a nice clean sketch!!
  2. Cheerful Stamp pad – Red & White
  3. Crafts & Me – Red
  4. Stamp Something – Use a Digi!!
  5. Stamping Scraping Challenge Central – Valentines
  6. Bunny Zoe’s Craft – Love is in the air
  7. Scrapbook SistersMy Valentine

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a glimpse into what the ‘old’ crafting Zoe would make. 🙂

Big Squeezes!

Zoe xxoo


P.S – For those of you who had trouble downloading the Free Digi HERE – I have added a new link to a zip file containing the image. 🙂


  1. Vicky xx February 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    WOW…this is gorgeous the heart looks sooo beautiful I love the embossing. Its awesome!!
    Thankyou for joining us girls over at Crafts & Me, good luck.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  2. Elena February 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Wow! Who would think that digis can be embossed too! What a great idea! And what a stunning card! Love it!!! 🙂

  3. Denise and Louise February 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Wow this is stunning. Beautifully clean and simple and the embossed heart is gorgeous. Hugs Denise xx

  4. Chelle K February 10, 2011 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Gorgeous card.

  5. Dana Christiansen February 10, 2011 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Love this! Will definitely have to give it a try!

  6. Lori Ng February 10, 2011 at 4:20 am - Reply

    Beautiful! I didn’t know we could emboss digi stamps. TFS! Which embossing folder did you use for the card base? Luv it!


  7. Sharron / Sharrahug February 10, 2011 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Such a beautiful card & thanks for the reminder that I can emboss using vellum & my printer (I had forgotten all about it….LOL).

    Huggies ~ Sharron?

  8. cgl1539 February 10, 2011 at 4:54 am - Reply

    I love heat embossing though I dont do it very often. Wish now I had ink jet printer so I could try this, turned out gorgeous. The stamp was just perfect for this technique!

  9. julieablakeman February 10, 2011 at 5:29 am - Reply

    This is sooooo special Zoe!Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at Scrapbook Sisters. Hope you’re having a good week,Julie.x

  10. Anonymous February 10, 2011 at 6:17 am - Reply

    This is gorgeous!!
    I made cards like that before i found copics and maggie’s

  11. KimberleyG February 10, 2011 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Wow, love the card! I love CAS cards. You can take a simple card and jazz it up so much by using texture and a colour that pops.

  12. Cindy2 February 11, 2011 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Zoe: is there no end to your talents, girl? You’re beginning to make me feel untalented. Beautiful card, nice to see you at the SSCC ‘valentine’ challenge. C2

  13. Nancy Thomas February 11, 2011 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Love the red and white color scheme and the embossing. Very prett.

  14. vlromaine February 11, 2011 at 5:28 am - Reply

    This is a beautiful heart! I like the touch of black with the red and white. Thanks for joining the “Red and White” challenge at teh Cheerful Stamp Pad.

    Also, thanks for the freebie fairy digital.

  15. Mary Lou February 11, 2011 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Wowwie Zoe~~This is stunning!!!! C&S cards due have that elegant look and we do sometimes forget that LOL
    Isn’t it fun to step back and reflect 🙂 Excellent idea with the vellum and embossing –I know whoever gets this will cherish it!!

  16. Nina February 12, 2011 at 7:40 am - Reply

    This is a beautiful card, that you for the embossing idea.

  17. doris February 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    LOVE the CAS fulfillment of this challenge–what a beautiful card!

  18. Tracy February 13, 2011 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Simple but Beautiful Zoe, I used my embossing powders recently, it’s good to go back to where you started and mix it up. Love it hun, but then again I love all your work. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me. Hugs Tracy x

  19. Sue U February 14, 2011 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Stunning card, thank you for joining us at this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge xx

  20. Barbara Washington February 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Beautiful card. Great technique and explanation. Thanks for sharing your card with the Cheerful Stamp Pad.

  21. Crissy Armstrong March 1, 2011 at 3:53 am - Reply

    True to form, Zoe wows us again with her thinking outside the box! I had no idea you could heat emboss a digi image! Way too cool! You make it look amazing too. Stunning as always!

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