Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Chain Link Technique

I will admit that I don't really spend as much time playing around in Studio as I did when my Cameo was brand new. However, this week the technique of the week for Technique Junkie is the chain link technique. This was the perfect opportunity for me to play in Studio. Here is my chain link Thanksgiving card.
I took a piece of the cardstock I had glued the packing paper on and painted it with thinned acrylic paint. I then went and placed clear plastic wrap on top of it and then my box full of inkpads because it is heavy. By placing something heavy over it the cardstock did not curl. Using clear plastic wrap on wet paint you never know how it is going to turn out.

I took a scrap of the packing paper cardstock and stamped using my Hero Arts five leaf stamp. I just used the top portion of the stamp as my cardstock is narrow.

For the chain I took a free leaf border file which was a Silhouette weekly file. and took one of the leaves to make my chain.I welded the stem part of the file to the leaf. Then replicated the leaf a few times and once again welded. That gave me this nice chain of leaves.

Once the chains were cut out I heat embossed with some bronze Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. I thought I had some copper embossing powder but could not find it so maybe I used it all up. I decided to leave the leaves with imperfections instead of totally smooth. A juicier inkpad instead of my watermark inkpad would have been better to use with the UTEE.

I ran out of glue and need to glue down the ribbon better on the edges which I will do before sending this.The "Blessing" is from Me And My Big Ideas (MAMBI). Originally I was going to place it in the stamped area but it looked too busy.If I would have been thinking I would have placed it first and then stamped on each side.

Today it was lightly snowing. The first snow of the year. Did not get much and it looks like it has already turned to rain. It reminds me that Christmas will be here before I know it so I better get busy making decorations,cards, buying presents, etc.

Thank you for stopping by and do come back. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. Oooh I love it. Your are so creative. Leaves are so cool.
    I was wondering about the chain link technique; now I know. LOL

  2. What a fabulous card- love the die cut leaves and the embossing. A great job on the technique!!!

  3. Your copper is so yummy. I like how you made your chain link. Very clever! Also cool how you had a matching stamp. Snow already. Wow. Yes it does remind us that Christmas will soon be upon us. My cards are made. Yipee skippe. I know you'll get yours done soon too,

  4. Love the way this turned out - the embossed leaf chain is my favorite and I think it looks better with the slight imperfections, more like real leaves. I bet one of those leaf chains would be beautiful wrapped around a votive candle.


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