Thursday, October 20, 2011

With Apologies

to Sally Bowen!!!

Sally thanked Yogi for her help* and followed up with a link to one of her projects applying Yogi's layout information and advice.

She also asked: You will see that I used Yogi's layout!  How do you keep those embossing dots from covering the card as well as the image?

For a closer look at Sally's card and to see more clearly what she is talking about, click on the image above.

We're sorry it took so long to post Sally's question. Hopefully an answer....from Yogi or any of you who've worked with the embossing dots.....will come much faster.....via comments here, or a note to gg designs and we'll post your answers.

* If you missed it, Yogi wrote a comprehensive answer under "Comments"--a virtual tutorial--to one of Sally's questions. 

Note added 10/21/11:  Be sure to check the answers below (at the very bottom of this post) in the "comments" section. Lots of help (for a problem ggd didn't even know about)
Isn't it nice to have such great cyber-friends? Such generous brains to pick!
More A's--   
Hi Char!
Don't know if responses are supposed to go through email or if I was supposed to leave my comments elsewhere. You've probably taken great pains in explaining the proper procedure here and I missed it.  (It won't be the first time I've been told where to go....and, to take my suggestions with me!!!)
Anyway...on to Sally's question about the specks on her beautiful card. 
There are nifty little anti-static bags on the market. They're inexpensive and they last a long time. I use one by Suze Weinberg called 'Puff Static Away'.  A swipe across your paper before stamping eliminates static cling and moisture.  Those pesky stray powders will fall away when you tap the excess powder off before embossing. 
I've used cornstarch before, but the mysterious powder in the purchased bags seems to work better for me.  Both will leave a bit of powdery residue on the cardstock, but it can be easily brushed away after you've embossed the image.
If it's your heat gun that's blowing the powder around, make sure you use pigment ink, tap the excess powder off, and then start heating from UNDER the cardstock.  To keep from burning your fingers, hold the cardstock with a clip, and keep it flat until the powder melts.  You can finish off embossing from the front, if necessary.
You also might want to try stamping in colored pigment ink, but embossing in clear powder.  Clear stray specks aren't as obvious as colored ones.
Hope this helps!

Linda (Blackbird)
As you may have noticed, gg designs is not producing new images with much regularity these days. The catalog items are still available and there are many stamps to choose from but lately we've become interested in "tall skinny" (or short fat?) cards that fit in standard business size (#10) envelopes. 

In the pre email 60's sending cards was very popular and card racks were grocery stores, restaurants, deli's, gas stations.....everywhere! Among our favorites were tall skinny cards with humorous designs and captions. As time has passed, we became less interested in biting humor but still like the "success story" surrounding this particular (then) peculiar card shape. Seems a company  (actually a husband and wife team) became recipient of a large supply of standard size business envelopes. Not wanting them to go to waste, they designed cards to fit the envelopes. (This was before recycling/repurposing/reusing were in vogue but "making do with what you've got" was pretty much a necessity for small businesses.)
Loved the idea then, and now. A box of business envelopes and a ream of cover stock is a pretty inexpensive way to keep yourself (card) crafting.

We know no special stamps are necessary and this format can be utilized using any stamps you may have but ones that fill the card with one stamp are a lot of fun.

Below is a carved Halloween design (made to fit a #10 envelope) ggd used. 

It was originally carved for an exchange ggd regularly participates in. One of the things we particularly enjoy is the ease of putting together the cards. Using permanent black ink they are printed on cover stock and "painted" with inks or watercolors. The "coloring" is relaxing, stress free and can be done in limited space (i.e. while watching TV!). 

Look for more of these to show up here and (if there is an interest) in the Catalog.
Just for fun......While searching for the illustration of the tall, skinny card above, we ran across this card from a "Challenge" last year. The challenge was to design a Halloween card without using the traditional orange and black.

This is what Michelle Morlan came up with!

With pink plastic wrap background (a technique from Deb Lovett's tutorial) and MBM (Made by Michelle) sillhouettes plus a ggd image *(the tiny bird trying its best to scare you) Michelle met and mastered the Challenge.
* Click here to see the tiny bird and meet the rest of the flock.
Help out Sally with her dots dilemma if you can and let us know what you are up to......particularly for the upcoming family holidays.

Need help with any of your projects?

Have anything you are working on that you'd like to share?

Let us know.

gg designs (Charlotte)

Be sure to check "Comments" below for answers to Sally's question.
ALSO....If you prefer, send your answer or comments to gg designs (link in side bar) and we will add them to the Gazette.


  1. An anti-static bag rubbed/pounced on the cardstock before stamping and adding the embossing powder is a great help!!! Usually this keeps you from having any stray powder sticking to your cardstock. If I do wind up with some stray powder I use a small dry paintbrush and light blowing to remove the powder.... brush over the powder and gently blow it off the cardstock.

  2. Hi Sally,
    exactly what Wanda said. Thanks Wanda

    or stamp with black or colored ink and clear emboss (dots aren't as noticeable.)

    Sometimes the type of cardstock used has more of "sticky" quality for embossing powders as well. Sometimes the cardstock with "tooth" holds/catches the embossing powder and sometimes the shinier cardstock holds the grease of fingers for the embossing powder to stick. Must admit, I still have some problems with colored embossing. Handle your cardstock as little as possible.

    But practice makes perfect.

  3. This is just to see if the post works. Yesterday I tried and it disappeared but I said nearly the same as the other two posters.

  4. Thanks to everyone, I'm going to get some anti-static bags (do I have any now and don't know it?) and practice! (Thanks, Yogi!) You all have given me ideas to use and I really appreciate it.

    Sally B.


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