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Adults & Crafts Box Review + Coupon – November 2017

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Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Adults and Crafts is a monthly DIY subscription that helps subscribers “learn new crafting techniques to help you create useful, beautiful products you will be proud to have made.”

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

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Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

The Subscription Box: Adults & Crafts

The Cost: $33 + $6.95 shipping per month, with discounts for 6 and 12-month prepaid subscriptions

Coupon: Use code CRAFTADDICTION to get free shipping on your first box!

The Products: A kit with printed instructions for an adult-level project to use or display in your home.

Ships to: US

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Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

This month’s box featured embossed cardmaking, which is perfect for the holidays. I usually think of embossing as making an impression into paper, but this is a technique that uses powder to make a raised pattern. 

The step-by-step instructions were easy to follow and laid out really nicely this month. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

The kit included envelopes and two weights of paper to make cards. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Ranger Perfect Pens Set (2 pens) – Retail Value $5.80 

These pens use a special medium that allows embossing powder to stick to it. One has a brush tip and one has a regular nib.

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Round Rubber Stamp – Retail Value $0.98? (buy a set of 6 of a similar item for $5.88)

This rubber stamp was initially missing from my kit, but Adults and Crafts were prompt about sending it out quickly. They were also very fast about answering emails. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Recollections Embossing Powder – Total Retail Value $7.98 ($3.99 each)

I received embossing powder in gold and black. Since you only use a tiny amount at once, these jars will last a long time. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Darice Multipurpose Heat Tool – Retail Value $19.70

The heat tool is used to make the embossing powder flow and form a nice permanent pattern on the paper. I like getting tools like this because I can use them for future projects. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Crayola Washable Watercolors – Retail Value $5.36

These paints weren’t the best – they had a gluey consistency, and the brush shed and had no shape at all. However, I like that this was included to add some color to the cards. I would have been content with just the embossing supplies, so this was a nice extra. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Elmer’s Washable School Glue Stick – Estimated Value $1.54 (buy 2 for $3.08)

The glue stick could be used if you wanted to make a collage on your cards. I didn’t do that, but I can always use a glue stick. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

I used the brush pen to put medium on the ornate rubber stamp. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

The next step is to cover it with embossing powder. The stamped pattern is under there somewhere!

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Here’s what it looked like after I shook the embossing powder back into the jar. You have to be really careful about stray powder; I was able to brush most of it from the edges with a soft brush, but it’s nearly impossible to get every speck. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Here’s what it looks like after heat setting! It’s kind of magical to see the powder melt and form the design. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

This is what it looks like on the envelope. I think it gives a nice touch!

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

I also tried it in black. I prefer the gold, but the black is nice too. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

Here’s my first attempt with the brush pen. I think I let this dry a little too long before adding the powder and heating it. I found the regular blunt-tipped pen worked better for writing, but the brush pen worked better with the rubber stamp. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

I decided to add some painting to this one, but the paint was really hard to control with the shapeless brush. However, it was also kind of freeing. 

Adults and Crafts Embossing Card Making Kit November 2017

I think the card came out well despite some little flaws. 

Verdict: I estimate a value around $41, not including the paper or envelopes. The box is around $40 shipped, so the value is there. I enjoyed trying out the embossing powder and making cards. The technique didn’t take much time to learn; it’s something that anyone could pick up easily. I also appreciate the good customer service regarding the missing item. This is my third box from Adults and Crafts, and I’d recommend it for people who want fun projects that aren’t too difficult and don’t take more than an afternoon to complete. There are usually enough supplies to share, so it would be fun to do with a friend or family member. 

What do you think of November’s Adults and Crafts?

Written by Désirée Eien

Désirée Eien

Désirée has survived the subscription box rollercoaster since 2013. Her other hobbies include meticulously over-researching minor purchases, crafting things she hopes to pass off as gifts, and dressing her cat up in silly costumes.

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7 Comments

  1. I remember this being the coolest freaking thing like 20-23 years ago when I’d go to craft shows that my grandma had tables at! I never got enough to be able to buy the stuff to do it though!
    Very cool! 😀

  2. Great job! I always enjoy reading your reviews!

  3. This review reminds me that I bought a heat tool and a heat gun this year and I don’t even remember why I got either one. Eek. I want to say the heat tool was for melting some faux enamel and the heat gun maybe had something to do with soft soldering, but I could be wrong about that.

    Not to mention my embossing machine that I haven’t yet taken out of the box. (I do remember what I was going to do with that — run copper blanks through it.) I need to stop buying craft supplies.

    Also, good review. You have a lot of patience for following directions and your projects always turn out nice.

    • Thanks Ragan! I hadn’t heard of faux enamel, but now that I’ve googled it, I want to try that too.

      • I have about 20 ways to color metal now, and about half as many for texturing it. It is my latest obsession.

  4. If you take an anti static dryer sheet and wipe your blank card with it before stamping and then adding the embossing powder, you can eliminate the vast majority of the stray spots. Also, I’ve also used a fine point paint brush to wipe off small bothersome specks of stray embossing powder before heating.

    • I love this tip! Thanks so much, I bet that would help a lot.

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