What happens when I get a craft kit from Hallmark?

Hallmark sent me this kit “Handmade Hallmark” to play with. It’s my idea of a dream job. Here’s what the kit contains: 4 wooden ornaments, 4 embroidery floss skeins, 1 needle and 4 adhesive felt backers.IMG_4424

First, I wanted to cover the surface with color, and as I love embossing powders, I started with a good red one. They make a shiny, thick coat and are fun to use. So I first stamped the wood with Versamark pad which is sticky.


I sprinkle the powder on the sticky wood.IMG_4426

Next, the fun part which is melting the powder (which is like a waxy resin) with a heat gun. It takes about a minute.IMG_4429

To rubberstamp on top of the melted embossing powder (which is now shiny and water resistant), you need to use a permanent ink pad like StazOn. It’s like Sharpie ink. (Note: The melted powder is actually shinier than it appears in this photo. See end of blog post for other examples.)IMG_4430

How many different media can I use? I select Martha’s glitter which is really vivid and fine. First, I painted glue onto the piece and then sprinkled glitter.IMG_4431

I want to add an unexpected texture so I rummage through my trims and find tiny fuchsia pom poms which I glue on with Aleene’s tacky glue.IMG_4432

Let’s try sewing some of that thread into the holes. It’s quite fun. Then, I stick on some self-adhesive gems.IMG_4437

Let’s look at the mess as a whole:IMG_4449That was really fun. Here are some more pieces I made. I’ll go ahead and sew into the holes later.IMG_4457

It was fun to carve into the paint on this piece below.IMG_4482

For more inspiration from Hallmark artists, check out their blog, Think.Make.Share.  Purchase kits here.



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