Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Challenge #73 - Make your own embellishments

Digistamps4Joy is proud to 'show off' the talents of our amazing Design Team! 
This challenge is presented by our DT member URSULA.
Hi, my name is Ursula and I live in sunny South Africa. I am very honoured  to be one of Digistamps4Joy designers.Today I am delighted to present my challenge to you.
Make your own embellishments
We all love using embellishments of some sort on our cards, and nothing gives more satisfaction than making your own. So I invite you to create an embellishment for your card. You may use anything you like, paper, metal, clay...whatever you fancy...just come and join in the fun.
Challenge #73 runs from 7 to 20 August
On my card I have made a shrink plastic heart embellishment, and have a small tutorial to help you along if you would like to use shrink plastic.

(digistamp = Pocket love)
  1. Lightly sand shrink plastic with fine sandpaper in a crosshatch pattern (horizontal and vertical) before stamping or colouring.
  2. Stamp image with Stazon and colour if desired. Use pencils, markers, chalks, etc. Use a large stamp as the plastic will shrink to about 45% of its original size. Do not colour too darkly as colour intensifies with shrinking. If stamping words, use large letters.
  3. Cut out image and punch a hole if wished ...(use for keyrings, charms, or jewellery) remember the hole will shrink too.
  4. Place your shrink plastic on a heat resistant surface and heat with your heat gun,  The plastic will curl and twist, but will eventually lie flat...It is a good idea to work in a shallow box so the plastic doesn’t blow away . Quickly place an acrylic block or wood from a mounted stamp over the image while it is still warm, this will help it to set flat.
If the image sticks to itself, you can gently pull it apart with tweezers and continue heating until it is flat.
If you don’t have a heat gun, it may be  baked in the oven  at 150 - 175deg C (300 -350 deg F) for 3 - 5 minutes, it will flatten out on its own, then remove from the oven.
Do not place on a bare baking tray ... place on a piece of heavyweight cardboard or Teflon sheet.
The following photos  show the size of the original die cut, and the plastic before and after shrinking.

Team "A" members have created these stunning cards to inspire you!
ALL the images used by the DT are available in the STORE

ALEX (digistamp = Elenor's door)
(embellishment made with UTEE and Spellbinders media mixage products)

ANNERIEKE (digistamp = Retail therapy)
(crochet work)

ANGELA (digistamp = Buttons galore set)
(handmade straw) 

DESIRE (digistamps = Karoo scene; Aloe)
(hand folded corners and aloes)

KARIN (digistamp = Umbrella bouquet)
(handmade hat/stick pin)

PAM (digistamp = Owl always love you)
(quilled owls)

RIETTE (digistamp = Beatrix the bead fairy)
(folded butterfly) 

MARGY (owner) (Bella bridesmaid)
(flowers made with flattened beading caps)
WOW, what amazing inspiration from the team! Remember...
Add an embellishment you have made.
Enter your paper projects (maximum 3 entries per person, each from a separate blog post) in Mr Linky below. The randomly drawn winner will win THREE images of your choice from the store, and 2 runners up 1 image each.  
Please remember to link your POST and not your blog to the Link tool below.
Also, you must create a link on your blog back to this challenge post!
(The challenge rules are HERE)
A special request this is a child-friendly blog, we will appreciate it if you do not enter scary, goth, demonic, or 'dark' entries. Any entries of this nature will be removed.


  1. Great cards from the DT and such lovely embellishments, hugs, Ursula

  2. Beautiful projects. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Thanks for the wonderful DT inspiration xx Jan

  4. Super DT inspiration creations and thank you for this Challenge.

    IKE x

  5. Great design team samples. Thanks for the "make your own embellishment" challenge!

  6. Happy to see so many beautiful entries!!

  7. Lovely DT creations. Thank you for this great challenge, I always try to make my own embellies. xx