Up Your Game Debossing with Die Cuts and VersaMark

Shimmer and Shine

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Handmade holiday card featuring silver debossed bells on a dark blue paper spritzed with Sheer Shimmer for extra sparkle by Martha Lucia Gomez.

I love techniques, and stretching my die cuts and stamps is one of my passions. Today I am sharing something that I explored using these two products combined with embossing powder and Shimmer Spritz. Even though you use your die cut and your die cut machine, you don’t cut anything! Take a look at my card and let me show you how you can make one just like it.



Step 1

Take a piece of a dark colored card stock and your favorite die cut and rub with the embossing buddy to eliminate static and moisture on these.


Step 2

Apply VersaMark ink lightly on the raised up borders of the die cut. Only the raised parts should get ink.


Step 3

Prepare a sandwich with your Big Shot to make an embossing with the die cut on the card stock. The order of the sandwich is having the platform open in tab 1, cutting pad, embossing mat or rubber mat, card stock, die cut and cutting pad. I keep an acrylic pad that I use exclusively for this purpose. You should be able to do this with any die cut machine with a rubber mat.


When you remove the pads, you will notice that you didn’t cut the paper. Instead, you obtained a great deboss thanks to the rubber mat.


Step 4

If you notice that the ink is dry or doesn’t cover some parts of the image you can “re-ink” using the VersaMarker before applying the powder. Cover the embossed image with Silver Embossing Powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool.


Step 5

Now stamp the sentiment using VersaMark and emboss with Silver Powder. You will notice the difference between an embossed image and a debossed image.


Step 6

To add more shimmer over the stamped layer spray it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle.


Step 7

Paste the decorated layer over the card base using Tear it! Tape. The size is 4-1/4”x11” with score in 5-1/2”. If you want to finalize the decoration you can add some tiny pearls or any other embellishment to enhance your design.


  • Cardstock – white, indigo
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Big Shot or other die cut machine
  • Embossing rubber mat.
  • Die-Namites – Holiday Bells Die Cut
  • Embellishments of choice









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