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Hand Lettered Initial Card with Claire


Hello and happy Monday Crafties!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and the windy, rainy weather didn’t blow you away! Here at Thirsty Brush, we had an amazing weekend over at the Birmingham NEC for the Creative Craft Show. It was great to meet so many of the ‘Brushettes’ from our friendly little facebook group there. There were also lots of people who were completely new to paper craft, or even crafting at all!


Today on the blog, I want to show you how you can personalise your cards for recipient, using a hand lettered embossing technique. I wanted to then combine this with a glittery stencilled background. I demo’d these stencils lots over the weekend and was not going to waste an opportunity to incorporate them into the blog post make.

I’m also a bit obsessed with combining black, peachy colours and gold at the moment (see the camellia blog post here and you will see what I mean!), so here is another way to make this fab colour combo work for your cards with a few flowers thrown in for good measure.

You will need:


How to do it:

  1. On a piece of black card stock, die cut a circle about 2/3 of the way up the card, using the larger of the two dies
  2. Use the Chevrons stencil and glitter paste to create the main back ground
  3. Use the smaller circle die to cut out an aperture on the peach card. Top tip: lay the black card over the peach before positioning the die to ensure correct placement of your circles
  4. Use wet glue to layer the black card onto the peach
  5. Hold the background over the card blank, take a pencil and sketch out your recipients initial loosely through the aperture
  6. Take the stencilled background out of the way. Trace over your pencil letter with the embossing pen and heat emboss with gold glitter powder. Don’t worry if you can see any of your pencil sketch. You can always rub this out with an eraser
  7. Adhere the layered stencil background onto the card blank so the initial shows through the aperture
  8. Stamp a few flowers or leaves from the ‘Amaze me’ stamp set onto some peach card stock in grey
  9. Colour them in alcohol markers and die cut them
  10. Arrange these die cuts around your aperture to finish the card

I know the thought of hand lettering can be scary, but do give it a go. Just doing one letter really takes the pressure off as you don’t have to worry about spacing etc. Do practice your letter on some scrap paper with a pencil first. This will help you get it looking how you want before you do the final heat emboss.

I’d love to see if you give hand lettering or the stencil backgrounds a go. See you next week for more crafty Inspo!

Claire x

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