Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Big Bold Smelly Cupcake

This card really stinks! Really it does...but in a good way! The icing on the cupcake is scratch and sniff...and it smells like yummy strawberries! This is a really fun and easy way to add scents to your stamping creations.

First you need a bold style stamp set. Any stamp set will do, but sets that have food or beverage images work well with this technique. You will need:

  • clear embossing powder
  • VersaMark or Craft ink pad
  • unsweetened or sugar-free drink mix
  • heat tool
It is especially important that you do not use any mix with sugar in it or it will turn brown and crispy when it is heated with your heat tool...not pretty! You can also try sugar-free flavored creamers or coffees, cocoa mix, etc... Play around and have fun, but remember that the drink mix you choose will also effect the color of your project. I found to get the best color for my project shown here, that it worked best to use Craft ink rather than VersaMark ink. I also found that Kool-Aid provided a good color when using the unsweetened little pouch of Strawberry Lemon aid, but sugar-free Jello provided a better scent. So I mixed in a bit of each for my final project.

To mix the scented embossing powder, you will need to mix together 1 part sugar-free drink mix to 1- 1/2 parts clear embossing powder. I put my mixture into a film container for airtight storage. Then you would just use it like you would any other embossing powder. Ink your image with VersaMark or craft ink, sprinkle on your special mixed powder, and heat emboss with your heat tool.

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday

Card stock: Soft Sky, Blush Blossom & Regal Rose

Ink: Pretty in Pink Craft, Blush Blossom Craft, Soft Sky & Regal Rose

Accessories: White gel pen, So Saffron marker and Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon.

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