Wednesday 7 October 2015

Embossing Magic - Card Tutorial

Hello crafty peeps,

Let me start by congratulating the winners of the Sparkle and Shine challenge. We thank all of you who participated and appreciate the time and love you put into your work and are ever so happy and grateful that you share your projects with us.
Hope to see you all play along with this months challenge

Embossing Magic

Click here to read challenge guidelines and here for more about this months challenge.

My first exposure to heat embossing was in a craft fair demonstration and my eyes literally popped when the powder melted.... as if by magic. Embossing is a very handy technique that can be used in many ways, which the DT will share throughout this month. My project this time is a trio of autumn coloured cards along with a pictorial.

The pictorial below is for the card titled 'grateful'. The other two cards have been made using the same techniques.

1. Glue strips of tissue onto the sides of a piece of watercolour paper. Spread a thin layer of gesso, remove excess gesso with a dry baby wipe. Dry.
2. On the craft mat, dribble a few drops of mist, give a light spray of water and swipe the edge of the paper over it. Dry.
3. Repeat with another colour. I've used a few shades of yellow and orange mists.
4. Stamp using a Kaisercraft texture stamp using archival ink. Archival ink is a must have for mixed media stamping. The ink is waterproof and wont smudge and react with water and mists.
5. Prepare another piece of watercolour paper using the steps 2-4.Additionally, spray a darker orange/red mist through stencil.

6. Cut out leaves and words using the paper prepared on the Silhouette Cameo.
At this stage, I wanted to add some dimension on the base and leaves and embossing powder seemed the best option to keep a clean look and infusing some additional colour and texture. On this scrap paper you can see the red glitter embossing powder shining after heat setting. There is very subtle difference between the black and clear powders.
7. Using versamark watermark pad, stamp onto black cardstock. Pour black embossing powder in the middle and clear powder on the sides. Heat set with a heat gun till the powder melts.
8. Similarly, emboss the leaves with gold and red embossing powders.

9. Finally, mat all the layers and glue the word grateful and leaves using Zig fine tip glue pen.

Using the same techniques, these two variations were prepared.

Tip: For tiny, shiny splatters, dip a small brush in undiluted acrylic paint, hold it a few inches asay from the paper and tap it with a pen. As the paint is not watery, you will need to tap a bit harder for shiny droplets. The camera hasnt captured the glitter from the pearl acrylic on these cards. 

That is it from me today. If you've never tried embossing before, Lulupu has a new range of embossing powders available in the store.

Supplies from the store
Embossing Powder Black Glitter 1oz
Embossing Powder Clear 1oz
Heat It Craft Tool Europeon Version

Fine Tip - Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
Heidi Swapp Silicone Craft Mat 18"X24"
Scor-Tape 5"X27yd
Embossing Powder Red Glitter 1oz
Embossing Powder Gold Glitter 1oz
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad 1
Little Lindy- CHRISTMAS


  1. Awesome fall cards Kripa :) The colors are so vibrant and beautiful :) Thanx for sharing the tutorial with so many techniques <3<3

    1. Thank you Riswana. If you try any of these techniques, do share with me.

  2. All the three cards are beautiful...the fall theme looks too good with embossing techniques...!! :)
    Suchi xx

    1. Always so encouraging and generous with your compliments. Thank you very much Suchi.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous cards Kripa ..Thank you so much for the fun tutorial and techniques tips ..Totally loved it :)

  4. stunning cards Kripa !! love the way the colors pop on the black backgrounds, thanks for the tips and techniques, havn't tried much of heat embossing, will try !!

    1. thank you suman. i hope you give it a try, it complements mixed media in many ways.

  5. Gorgeous cards Kripa...Autumn colours+Black+Embossing...what a great combination! Thanks for sharing the technique...

  6. These are fabulous Kripa......each one of them!


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