Embossing Powder

MFT’s Color Challenge for this week is beautiful.  And, as their Camp Create Day 3 challenge was Background Bonanza, I decided to do both.

Color Challenge Palette 8-14-19


However, my embossing powder that in my sample looked very much like Razzle Berry, did not turn out quite the same color when used on an alcohol ink background.  I’m not sure if it picked up color from the purple alcohol ink, or if it’s more reflection of all the purple and gray surrounding it.

8-14-19 MFT Color Background

I used one of my favorite stamps from the MFT Season Sentiments (retired), unfortunately, even using my stamping platform and restamping with Versamark several times, there was one section that refused to take ink.  I tried using a Sakura Stardust pen in a bright pink color to fill in the color that was missing, but that didn’t work well, either.  I’m still using this as a Christmas card, but I’m not too happy with it.  Well, I love the background and most people wouldn’t look close enough to notice it has problems, but as I created it, it is glaringly obvious to me.  Oh well.

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Double Embossing

I saw an article in Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine issue 170 about Double Embossing.  It looks easy and beautiful, but wasn’t so easy to make it look great.

Here was an attempt with the way the magazine showed.

First you emboss with an embossing folder, then rub a Versamark across the top lightly, add some embossing powder on top, then heat.

Next I tried using an embossing pen on the embossed area before adding the embossing powder and heating.  Did this a section at a time.

Okay, I gave the initial attempt another try, as try number 2 took WAY too long.

I still wasn’t thrilled with all the excess powder, but my husband loved the look of it.

Now, I saw Jennifer McGuire Ink to a post on covering a whole sheet with a double layer of embossing powder.  In that you run an embossing ink over a sheet of card, cover with embossing powder and heat, then do it again over the top.  After that, you use your embossing ink to stamp on top of it and emboss using a different color of embossing powder.  The second image is supposed to sink down into the first embossed piece.

This didn’t show the detail of the stamped image, but that could have been the cheap stamp that I used.  I do like the look of it.  And, it didn’t take too much red embossing powder to make the “background” as you would think.

So, a couple of fun ways to use embossing on embossing to get a different look.  Try one and see what you think.

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Emboss Resist 2 Ways

ScrapZee is having an emboss resist challenge this week and at least one of our members doesn’t have heat embossing supplies, so I did it two ways.

This first one is also being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With A Twist challenge for the week. I masked a panel, heat embossed the flowers in the panel with clear embossing powder, then inked the panel after they had cooled. I also did 3 flowers on another piece of paper, ripped around one of them, cut the center section of another and popped those up on top of my panel. After doing the inking, I used a tissue to wipe excess ink off the embossing. For the sketch part of this, I should say that my popped up flower is the image part of the sketch.
7-16-13 Heat Emboss

This next one is also being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week. For this one, I used a white crayon and drew waves on the top part of the card, then used a mask and started inking the water area. After that, I inked the sandy beach and added my sentiment. Looking at it, I thought it was a bit plain, so I added an umbrella to sit under and colored that with colored pencils so you couldn’t see straight through it. After inking, I used a bit of paper towel to wipe off the ink from the crayon area. Yes, my waves would have been better had I been paying attention when drawing them.
7-16-13 Crayon

So, two different ways to do emboss resist that are fairly simple.

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Busy Busy Holidays

This weekend has been another extremely busy one, but I was able to work on cards for a while, yesterday and completed three challenges at MFPSpeedyTV.

This one is the Simple Salutations Challenge that was to include a fruit or vegetable.  I went with pumpkins, though a different color than normal.  (My husband had no idea what they were.)


The papers were all given to me by a friend and I have no idea what company makes them, but I really like the tans, greens and teals in them.  The ink of the sentiment is Teal Zeal (Memento).  The tag is from the Fancy Tags set (Spellbinders).  The sentiment is from the Fall Foliage set (Gina K.).  The pumpkins were done with dry embossing using a Lasting Impressions template and cutting the pieces out.

This next one is for the Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge using pumpkins.  The pumpkins are the same template.  Sentiment is from the same set.  Ink is Bamboo Leaves (Memento).  Ribbon on both is Celebrate It 360.  The tag on this one is Ribbon Labels Two (Spellbinders).  Paper is from the same bunch, just different papers.


This last one is the Tutorial Time challenge on Faux Bricks.  I love this one and will probably do it again when I have time to play a bit.


The poinsettias on this are from two sets, the Year of Flowers (Gina K.) and Holiday Basket (Gina K.).  The sentiment and it’s frame are from the Seasonal Labels set (Gina K.).  I embossed the flowers with pink embossing powder, then inked using a sponge and Ladybug (Memento).  Afterwards, I used a gold glitter pen to fill in the berries in the centers.  I also used a clear glaze pen (Sakura) to highlight the sentiment and the beads surrounding it.  The bricks were made with Red Brick and Walnut distress inks (Ranger), then I used Glossy Accents (Inkssentials) to give it some shine.

Now, I’m off to help my husband put stuff away and continue putting the bathroom back together.  Thanks for spending some time with me!

All Cracked Up

The Cracked Glass technique is fun, fairly easy to do and gives you an intriguing look.

To do this, you will need an image on card stock (mine was a bit thin for this, so the thicker the better), some embossing ink and a heat tool.

First you want to stamp and color your image.

Next you want to cut out your image.  I used Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut out mine.

I also embossed them so I would have a small edge to grasp.  Then you want to cover your image with embossing ink or Versamark ink and cover that with clear embossing powder.  I used the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel so I wouldn’t have to do so many coats.

Now, use your heat tool and melt the embossing powder.  While it is still wet/hot, press it into a pile of embossing powder and heat again.  Do this a few times to build up your layer, so it looks like it is covered in glass.

Now, after it is completely cool, you can flex the card stock to crack the glass.  It cracks best when you are bending the card stock towards itself with the embossing on the outside.  Some people tell you to put it in the freezer for 10 minutes, which does help it crack easily.

My pieces seem to have wet spots on the card stock, which is what happens when it gets too hot.  That is why I suggest using a thicker card stock.

I then put my cards together.  I was working on two masculine cards, which is why I chose the images I used, as well as thinking they would look good with this technique.  Here’s what I came up with:

My dirt road turned out a bit wider than I needed, but was still fun.  I took a piece of paper grocery sack, cut it to the size I needed, then crumpled it up, straightened it, then did it again.  The plants are from the Follow Your Dreams set by Gina K. Stamps.  The sentiment and car image are from the Stamp Set 285 – 1900 Cars by Sparkle N Sprinkle.

For this one, the impression on the card is the Flourish Impressabilities by Spellbinders.  The image is from the Gleefully Yours set by Gina K. Stamps.  I wrote the sentiment.  Inside it says, “Every generation gets there.  You’re getting closer.  Happy Birthday”.  It is for one of the guys at work that is in his early 30s and now has two little girls.  Hopefully he gets a laugh out of it.

For more examples of this technique, go check out the challenge and tutorial at MFP Speedy TV.

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Heat Embossing in Color

One of the challenges at SpeedyTV was to use heat embossing.  That is easy enough.  There is another challenge at StampTV to use bright pink.  Hmmm, that sounded like a good one to put together.

I used Passionate Pink layering weight card stock for the bright pink on a layer of Innocent Pink layering weight card stock, then embossed with pink embossing powder.  The flower is from the stamp set “A Year Of Flowers” illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger.  The sentiment is from the “Elegant Post” set illustrated by Nina Brackett.  The ribbon is some from the Holiday Noel set by Celebrate It.  To make the card, I cut a piece of Passionate Pink to 4″ by 5 1/4″ and then used VersaMark ink to stamp the flower all over it and emboss with the pink embossing powder.  I took a small piece of the same color card and embossed the sentiment and another flower.  I cut out the flower and cut down between the petals so I could add some shape.  The sentiment was layered on white and then cut around.  Then I adhered it all together.  I like the look of the light pink on the bright pink for this one.

Well, I have been wanting to use my glow-in-the-dark embossing powder and I thought it would work really well for eyes on black card stock.  Couldn’t think of quite how I wanted to do that, so I used some dark green and stamped two different sizes of dragonflies with VersaMark ink and used my fun embossing powder.  I thought this would work better, but the textured green card stock I used wasn’t quite right for stamping on, and I figured the embossing powder would show up the slightly yellowish/greenish color.  Nope.  This is what I wound up with.

You can slightly see the dragonflies and you can read the sentiment if you look at it straight on.  At an angle, parts of the sentiment don’t really show up well.  Oh well, now I know.  The dragonflies look great in the dark, but then you can’t see the sentiment.  How best to use this embossing powder is going to take some more thought.  Did have fun making the cards, though.  And, it goes with a different challenge at StampTV for making a card that stands up by itself.  Well, it was supposed to be an easel card, but I wanted to switch it up a bit.

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Masking Large Areas

There is a technique challenge on Speedy TV this week that involves masking a large part of your card and stamping and inking in shades of the same color.  I’ve done something similar before, but not with three shades of the ink.

I didn’t want straight edges for my masked area as I decided to go with a sea theme, so I used an edger on my mask pieces, then attached those to my front piece and got started.

First was heat embossing with clear/white embossing powder the image a few times.  Next was inking the area with the lightest color of ink.  Then I stamped a couple of sentiments with the medium color of ink.  I also stamped the image a couple of times with the medium ink.  Then I shaded a bit with the medium ink.  At this point, I thought it looked pretty good.  However, after shading a bit with the darkest ink, it added a whole new depth to the area.  Then the masks were removed, I rubbed the area with a dry paper towel to remove the ink from the embossing and then I stamped the final image part on this area and part in the area that had been covered.  This was done with the medium ink as was the main sentiment.

Thought it turned out pretty well.  This is for my husband for Father’s Day.  Without him, raising the kids would have resulted in . . . who knows, but it wouldn’t have been good.  So glad he has been here to help me through it all.  I love that man, even when he frustrates me.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Oh, go check out the challenge and play along.  It was easy, fun and there are so many ways to use it.  You have until Thursday night or Friday to play along, too.