5 Next Level Heat Embossing Techniques with Mboss

by Jessica Lin

Six greeting cards made with different heat embossing techniques using Mboss embossing powder by Imagine

Hi everyone! Today’s video is all about heat embossing—from stamp layering with embossing powder, creating a faux branding iron look, to stenciling with VersaMark… these techniques really take heat embossing to the next level. If you like heat embossing and are eager to learn new tips and tricks, this video is a must-watch!

Supplies

Imagine
  • VersaMark – ink pad, VersaMarker
  • Mboss – Gold, Clear, Shimmering Night Sky, Birthday Party, Hologram, Lucky Stars
  • Craft Mat
Other
  • Stampin’ Up – Flourishing Phrases Bundle, Watercolor Wings Bundle
  • Stampers Anonymous – High Society Blueprint
  • Stamplorations – Kathryn’s Rainbows
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Stencil Template – Raindrop
  • Tim Holtz – Holiday Knit Stencil
  • Stamparatus or other stamping platform
  • EK – Anti-static Powder Tool
  • Wagner – Heat Tool
  • Acrylic block
  • Cardstock – colors of choice
  • Watercolor paper

 

How to Create Easy Stripes with Embossing Powder

Ribbit!

by Terre Fry

Handmade card with green stripes inked using Memento Cottage Ivy and a frog floating on a lily pad with the sentiment "good times with you" made by Terre Fry.

Sometimes you need to think outside the box and create a simple yet unique project that doesn’t take hours to create. That’s the lesson in crafting I taught my 8 year old Leahandra today. We made two cards creating stripes using two simple methods, and then used images from printed cardstock to complete the cards.

Create Stripes with Homemade Stencils

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I like to create my own stencils and patterns with just a few products. I created my own stripes by just using some cardstock strips that I secured onto my card base with removable tape and inking some Memento Cottage Ivy between the strips with a sponge dauber. Repeat these steps until you have the number of stripes you want.

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Create Stripes with Embossed Colored Cardstock

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For these stripes I took colored cardstock cut into the size stripes I wanted, and simply embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder before adhering them to my card base!

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Since I only used 4 intersecting stripes in these cards, it was pretty easy to know where to place my focal points. These ideas could be used to create many stripes with varying widths or colors for some very cool effects!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heartfelt Creations Winking Frog Paper Collection
  • Adhesive – traditional, dimensional
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Scissors

 

 

 

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Make a Back 2 School Scrapbook Page

Is it Really Time Already?

by Neva Cole

A Back To School themed scrapbook page featuring photos from school, BoBunny patterned papers, Embossed chipboard numbers and a hand lettered statement with apples made with irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.

Different parts of the country are already thinking about “Back to School” in early August so Imagine is sharing a few ideas for the season. Our schedule here in Oregon runs a little later, so we still have a bit of time before thinking school supplies and fun fall activities. With my layout I wanted to have a color cohesiveness with the embellishments, because the patterned paper by BoBunny and my photos are bright and multicolored. It is easy with a bit of VersaColor ink and Imagine Embossing powder.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 90 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Select the journal card for the layout and hand journal with the fine tip end of a Memento Dual Tip Marker in Bamboo Leaves. Ink the edges in Scarlet and add irRESISTible in Lady Bug, Pear Tart, and Shimmer to the apples on the card to add a little dimension and shine. Set aside to dry.

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Step 2

Stamp each of the embellishments on the yellow striped patterned paper. You can see my practice on the scrap paper in the background. A variety of school themed and alphabet stamp sets were used to create the various title strips. VersaColor ink in Scarlet is heat embossed with Candy Red Embossing Powder. The eyeball is stamped in VersaColor Black and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder. It was the perfect choice for an embellishment on a photo of the dissection of a cow eye! For the strips that were not already labels, the edges are inked in succession and heat embossed. After each edge cooled the next edge was completed.

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Step 3

To make the chipboard letters match the color scheme exactly they are enameled with the Candy Red embossing powder. The surface was sanded so the first layer of VersaColor Scarlet would adhere more readily. Use tweezers to keep the numbers from moving too far as it is heat embossed. Immediately add another layer of embossing powder while the layer on the chip board number is still hot. Continue the process until a smooth enameled look is achieved. I did three layers of embossing powder. With the iterations, there will be excess embossing powder that will not adhere and blow around on your craft table so you can also do this in a small box, and some will stick to the metal tweezers requiring a bit of clean up.

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Step 4

Select patterned papers. I chose BoBunny’s Toy Box line using ABC, Storytime, and Cheerful. All the photos are backed with the yellow striped side and the edges are inked with direct to paper technique using VersaColor Scarlet. ABC paper is cut with a circle cutter and the edges are inked with VersaColor Scarlet. All pieces are set aside to dry before adhering together as the inked edges can mark up your project if you get in too much of a hurry.

Step 5

Adhere everything together and enjoy the memories of a fun fall!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • BoBunny − Toy Box, ABC, Storytime, and Cheerful
  • Unity Stamp − Smarty Pants
  • Inkadinkado − Test Tubes
  • The Paper Company − Grade School
  • Hero Arts − Tiny Carnival Letters alphabet
  • Tweezers
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Heat tool

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Create Seashells by the Seashore

Kaleidacolor Conch Card

by Mark Melnick

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Summer is upon us now and I simply cannot think of a better way to spend the day than at the beach collecting shells. Well, other than being in my craft studio… This brief tutorial will show you how to use Kaleidacolor Inkpads to create a beautiful card. Now if I can just learn to recite “She sells seashells by the seashore” without a fumble!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 25 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

For this particular tutorial, I chose a piece of handmade recycled paper though you could use watercolor paper as well. Spray the paper with enough water to make it slightly more wet than ‘damp’.

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Step 2

Secure the stencil over your wet paper to your craft mat with some washi or painters tape. With an InkBlusher apply the rainbow colored ink to the paper through the stencil. Make sure to grab all the colors and apply randomly. For a really cool effect close to watercolor, spray a bit more water onto the paper at close range. Allow to air dry or use a heat tool.

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Step 3

Apply a sentiment using EMBOSS Embossing Ink to the lower third of your card base. Sprinkle with EMBOSS Clear Embossing Powder. For a unique type of texture, sprinkle some sand made specifically for Sand Art and mix into the powder. Heat to melt. This will give your sentiment a real beachy feel. Take your finished Kaleidacolor piece and adhere to card base.

I really liked how the stencil piece turned out- I think I might make more to use in some mixed media projects!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Handmade or watercolor paper
  • Shell stencil
  • Washi or painters tape
  • Cardbase
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Art sand

 

 

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Resisting the Urge to Complicate

Beautiful Floral Tag

by Terre Fry

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In my ever busy life, sometimes I want to just reflect on creating something that is simple yet elegant. This colorful tag uses a resist technique along with embossing—two of my favorite things to do.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Create a tag shape from white cardstock. Stamp a design using an embossing stamp pad. Apply clear embossing powder to stamped design and heat to set.

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Step 2

Spray a thin layer of Fireworks! onto the tag. Build up depth by using multiple colors (I used three).

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Step 3

Use an InkBlusher to wipe the excess ink from the embossed elements.

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Step 4

Leave the tag to air dry, then stamp and emboss a sentiment using VersaMark and black embossing powder, heat to set.

Step 5

Fussy cut around the sentiment and adhere to the front of the tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Spellbinders – Debi Adams Quite Contrary Collection Stamps
  • White cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Heat tool

 

“Don’t Sweat It” DIY 😅

Last week, during “#LinksWeLike Wednesday”, we posted 33 DIYs For The Classiest Person You Know, courtesy of Buzzfeed. Each of these projects were stunning and unique in their own ways, but some can be a bit intimidating. The idea of trying to figure out how to put together a geometric side table made of copper pipes has me hyperventilating just thinking about it. Lucky, not all of the projects featured on the list were so difficult or crazy to make. So here are my versions of several of the projects from last week’s very chic list:

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(photo via A Beautiful Mess)

1 – Turning a Mirror into A Giant Gemstone
Now this is where my laziness kicks in. I’m very unlikely to take the time cut into glass and then sand it down. I’m a busy woman and I don’t have time for that. Instead, I am way more likely to use my Tear It! tape and place it in the shape I would like it to be, then use metallic embossing powder to create the lines. This is substantially easier and takes half the time.

 

2 – Polka Dot Tray & Matisse-Inspired Foliage
Okay, yes technically it’s two projects but they’re so similar I can knock ‘em both out of the park. How you ask? STAZON!!! StazOn ink works on both non-porous and porous surfaces. I can use StazOn original in all its vibrant colors for the Matisse-inspired project and StazOn Opaque for the polka dotted tray. Both inks come in wide mouth bottles so if I really need to saturate my painting tool I can. It’s also super fun to leave a Fantastix in a StazOn original wide mouth bottle and create my own “marker” (this trick works with API as well).

Photo via http://www.hellolidy.com/matisse-inspired-mixed-foliage-painted-tray/

Photo via Hello Lidy 

Photo via Sarah Hearts

Photo via Sarah Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 – DIY Japanese Printed Bowls
These bowls can be found at a lot of different stores in various surface types (wood, ceramic, or plastic, etc). Depending on what surface you’re using you may have to change up the products, but I like wooden bowls the best. I can easily use Creative Medium to decoupage my decorative paper to the basin and StazOn and GlazeOn for the outside. The project is a little messy, but it’s a lot of fun. I typically will use the bowls I make for storing small items like rings or other small pieces of jewelry. They look expensive, but cost less than $10.


 

And there you have it, some of my favorite DIY projects and my lazy girl tricks.
I hope you enjoyed these projects and be sure to share your own creations with us on Facebook or comment below!

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