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Today our featured designer is Heidi Blankenship! Here's our short Q&A with her: 

 If you can go anywhere in the world, where would you go?   I would love to go to Italy or Australia.  I think they would both be a great adventure!  

 What's your favorite food?
  I love Italian food.

 What's your 'signature' crafting technique? I would say my 'signature' is having a very vintage/shabby chic style and that I do a lot of tutorials.   


 And finally...any words to our readers?  I am very honored to be on the Faber-Castell Guest Design Team and I can’t wait to share my projects with everyone.  I think sharing the creative process (through tutorials) is very important and it inspires people to try new things.  I hope I will inspire all of you along this journey. 

Hello Everyone!  Heidi here today with another Guest Designer post.  

Before I get started I wanted to say Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads, Dads to be, Grandpas and all of the special men out there who are like a Dad to someone.


Here is the Father's Day card that I designed using Gesso  and Stamper's Big Brush 3 ct. Neutral  to custom color crafting foil.


                    To start I embossed a piece of premium craft foil using E3D-002 Creative Cogs 3D                               M-Bossabilities™  folder.


Next I applied two coats of Gesso  to the foil and I used a heat tool to speed up the drying time.


Then I started to apply color to the foil using Stamper's Big Brush 3 ct. Neutral.  


I used the Walnut Brown #177 and Warm Grey #273.  I added just a little bit of color and then I blended it with my finger before the ink dried.  


Once the entier piece was colored then I lwent over it with a baby wipe to pull a little of the color off and make some of the areas a little lighter.  I also sanded the top to reveal some of the foil.


To embellish the card I added burlap trim, screw tip eyelets, gears, a memo pin, a garment pin, die cuts and the sentiemnt.  To create the die cuts I used S5-127 Labels Twenty-Eight and S4-386 Cogs die templates.  The sentiment stamp is from CR-03710 Anchors Away from JustRite Papercraft.


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and you will give the colored foil a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Faber-Castell® Design•Memory•Craft Blog today and I hope you have a fantastic day!




Faber-Castell® Design•Memory•Craft® Stamper's Big Brush 3 ct. Neutral (#770054), Gesso (#770302)

Stamps:  JustRite Papercraft CR-03710 Anchors Away

Paper: Posh Milk Chocolate, Kraft

Dies/Folders/Foil:  Spellbinders Paper Arts® Grand Calibur® Machine, E3D-002 Creative Cogs 3D M-Bossabilities™, S5-127 Labels Twenty-Eight, S4-386 Cogs, Premium Craft Foil

Accessories:  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner® Permanant Strips - Refillable Dispenser - 49'; Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Burlap Ribbon; Screw Tip Eyelets, Gears, Garment Pin, Memo Pin, Sanding Block


Hello, my name is Heidi Blankenship and I live in Minnesota with my husband Eric and two boys, Dusty and Evan. I have been involved with paper crafting for over twenty years. I love to create a large spectrum of projects with a broad range of styles, but I lean towards the vintage, artsy style. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some wonderful companies in the industry. I am currently on the Spellbinders Blog Team, JustRite Papercaft Blog Team, Discount Cardstock, Really Reasonable Ribbon Special Events Design Team, Vintage Street Market and The Rubber Cafe Glue-ista Team . 



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I so LOVE that folder! The choice of colors is ...well, if I say "pretty" the fathers don't like it, hehe...the colors are "manly", very nice! Cool idea to use that gesso. Hugs, Baerbel


Fabulous card and step outs, Heidi! Great colors from the Big Brush and wonderful texture :)

Jean Bullock

So coooool !

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Nice designs Heidi Blankenship. I'm going to make this project on weekend.

Thanks for the inspiration.

kathy jo

Thanks for the tutorial! I have never used Gesso and the coloring method after the application...a new technique to try out!

Thanks for sharing!

Jean Marmo

Love seeing this!


Beautiful card!Thanks for the tutorial,Love it!!!


Wow Heidi - what a cool idea. Love your card.

Julie A. Shearer

Awesome card !! Thanks for sharing !

Liz O

Neat design, love the technique, Thanks for sharing!
Hve a wonderful day!

barbara macaskill

Holy WOWZERS! This is awesome! Love all the metallic details! They are one of my favorites amongst glitter! TFS!

Vicky Aberto

really cool card and techniques!

Jan Castle

So well done Heidi...really cool look!


Wow what a beautiful card Heidi and so perfect to give to a man! I am sure your Dad loved receiving that. I love your tutorials and you are always so willing to share every single little detail of how you completed your project. As always thank you for sharing.

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