‘Dad’ Eclipse Card

Have you ever made an Eclipse card? I hadn’t until very recently (yesterday!) but had seen them all over social media and wanted to have a go.

With Father’s Day coming up and ‘Dad’ being a nice, short word, I thought this would be the perfect time to try it.

My base card is Merry Merlot cardstock, followed by layers of Night of Navy and Basic Grey. The main card front is Whisper White and I have stamped a number of the images from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set in the coordinating colours.

The tricky part…

Then comes the tricky part! You need to try to line up the letters so that they are straight and equally spaced. I used a piece of (straight) scrap cardstock to get the letters straight across the card and then cut the first and last letters before placing the middle letter die centrally between them. I think I just about got it right. Any ‘holes’ in the letters need to be adhered back in place. I found it easiest to place the die cut back into the cardstock to do this. Then the main letters are adhered using dimensionals. This gives a lovely effect because the lettering is really subtle as it merges back into the card front.


I have used the Large Letters dies which will have retired by the time you read this (!) but there are some new letter dies coming in the 2019-20 Annual Catalogue; or you could make life easier by using any word dies you may have.

Now it’s your turn…

What do you think? If you are going to try it I would recommend starting with short words until you get the hang of it. Practice a few times before agreeing to create a card for Great Aunt Philomena’s Birthday!

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Embossing Stamped Images

This is a technique which often gets overlooked. We often stamp or emboss but rarely combine the two. I was inspired to revisit this technique by Ann Craig, a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who posted an image of a beautiful card on her Facebook page (@ann.craig.stampinup).

I wondered how different the results would be depending on whether you stamped and then embossed or vice versa. So I created a simplified version of Ann’s card to test it out!

Stamp then emboss…

I have used Sahara Sand and Early Espresso cardstock and Early Espresso ink. The layers are created using the Stitched Rectangle dies and I have used the Subtle 3D embossing folder to give a textured, almost linen look. For the first card I stamped the image before embossing.

Emboss then stamp…

For the second card I have simply embossed the cardstock before stamping the image but everything else is the same as the first example. This gives a more distressed look as the ink doesn’t meet the cardstock in the debossed areas. I used an Aqua Painter to add some shading to the image in this case. I’m really pleased with both versions of this card and can’t wait to step it up with more water-colouring of the image and some ribbon to embellish.

Get more from your embossing folders!

Have you got embossing folders in your stash that you could try this technique with? Or perhaps you could emboss some Designer Series Paper rather than a stamped image for another different look? Don’t forget you can also use the letterpress technique by inking up your embossing folders. Let me know if you’d like me to cover this in a future post. They really are such versatile products, make sure you are making the most of yours!

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The list of products that I have used for these products is below. The only exception is the Free As A Bird stamp set which is coming soon! Simply click on the links to head straight to my online shop.

The will also be a video tutorial for these cards on my You Tube channel soon!

Bye for now!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or you can email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

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