Beginner Guide: Embossing and Watercoloring Technique

by Elina Stromberg

Heat embossing is an easy but versatile technique that will bring your stamped projects to a new level. You will be amazed how easily this technique will transform your stamped images into shiny, non-fading, water-resisting decoration elements! Most crafters use heat embossing together with stamps, but this technique can also be used in various ways to create cool effects on your project backgrounds.

For heat embossing you don’t need too many supplies; embossing powder, a sticky stamping ink, and a heating tool will take you a long way. A heating tool (or a heat gun) is a dryer that blows very hot air. The temperature is much higher than of a hairdryer, so be careful not to touch the nozzle as it may burn your fingers! The magic of heat embossing is in the melt, and the embossing powder will need heat to start melting. Therefore, a hairdryer cannot be used for this purpose as the air is simply not hot enough. The results of heat embossing are gorgeous; it’s almost like magic on paper! Even if you don’t have too much experience of paper crafting, I recommend you give this technique a try; it’s so easy that you will master it in no time at all!


VersaMark

Mboss in Black

Watercolor Set

Waterbrush

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up


Stampin Up – Beautiful Day

Stampin Up Cardstock

Heat Tool

For heat embossing, you need an ink that is sticky. The ink acts as a glue and the fine embossing powder sticks to the ink until it’s melted. My personal preference for this technique is VersaMark as it dries slowly allowing me to work at my own pace without any rush. I can also stamp several images on one go without worrying for the ink to dry too quickly.
Stamp the image on white paper. I used a smooth watercolor paper, as I wanted to color the embossed image with watercolors.

Place your stamped paper on a piece of scrap paper (a sheet of printing paper will do great). Sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder over the stamped image. Lift the stamped cardstock and pour the leftover embossing powder onto the scrap paper. The powder sticks to the sticky ink. Tap the stamped cardstock a couple of times to get rid of more excess powder. Set the stamped paper aside and funnel the leftover powder back into the container. The leftover powder can be used over and over again! If for some reason the powder would stick on unwanted areas, you can brush off the excess powder with a small paintbrush before heat setting the powder.

Keeping the heating gun nozzle a few inches away from the cardstock, heat the embossing powder until it’s completely melted. Be careful not to overheat it. You will notice when the powder starts melting as it turns from matt grainy to smooth and shiny.

Paint the embossed image with watercolors. The heat embossed image resists watercolors, allowing you to block colors from mixing.
 I decided to use the butterflies for decorating cards, so I cut them out with scissors. I glued two panels of patterned papers on a simple white card base. For making my beautiful butterflies pop I added simple heat embossed texture on the background: 
I started with dabbing clear VersaMark in on the center of my background. On my first card, I used white embossing powder for the background, and for the second one gold. Heat embossing is an easy way to add a hint of metallic shimmer to your card! Once the powder had cooled, I glued the butterfly on the card front. Done!

Learn How to Create a Card with a Panel of Denim Fabric

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Create a Card with a Panel of Denim Fabric

Make a mixed media card with embellished with naturally based materials. Use denim fabric as a background of a card decorated with a stamped design and MBoss embossing powder. Make embellishments for the card in the same way on small pieces of cotton fabric and color a wood piece with Fireworks!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Sew or glue a 4 x 6-inch piece of denim fabric on the front of the base card. Stamp with VersaMark inkpad, cover with the Mboss White Embossing Powder and heat seat.


Step 2

Cut a heart from a piece of cotton fabric, stamp again with the VersaMark inkpad and this time cover with Mboss Valentine Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 3

Stamp with Waffle flower sentiment, “The best is yet to come” with VersaFine CLAIR Twilight color on a stripe of cotton ribbon.


Step 4

Spray with Fireworks! Paris Dusk a round piece of wood.


Step 5

Add ribbon around the wood piece and set it on the front of the card.


Step 6

Place Tear It! Tape on the back of the cotton ribbon with the stamped sentiment and set it on the card.


Step 7

Add the fabric heart and embellish with the beads.

Supplies

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  • 5 x 7 Base card
  • Kaisercraft – Flourish stamp
  • Waffle Flower – Doily circle
  • Cotton denim fabric
  • Cotton ribbon
  • A small piece of round bark
  • Ribbon and metallic beads
  • Heat tool

See How to Use Blending and Embossing to Create a Beautiful Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Use Blending and Embossing to Create a Beautiful Card

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today I have a fun project creating a Violet rainbow with your Memento Inks. This month the design team of Image is featuring the amethyst color and I decided to use not exactly violet colors but some colors from the same line.

Skill: Beginner – Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Most of the work in this design is coloring the background. I started with a whisper white piece of cardstock and masking tape. As you can notice on the photo my initial idea was using four colors of Memento Ink but at the end, I changed my mind and used five. The colors of Memento Ink that I used were Paris Dusk, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Lulu Lavender and the versatile London Fog. By the way, London Fog is one of my favorites colors of Memento Ink because it can be used to no-line coloring and also is great for watercolor and many other techniques.


Step 2

Next, I stamped the large beautiful flower stamp from Waffle Flower’s “In Bloom” stamp set. Since I used dye inks in the background, I can now stamp over the inked layer with VersaMark Ink and MBoss Embossing Powder Sapphire. To create the contrast, I stamped the “Bloom” sentiment over Whisper White cardstock with VersaMark Ink and the same color of MBoss. I fussy cut with scissors the sentiment and added it to the project using double-sided foam tape.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies

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Other
  • Waffle Flower – In Bloom Stamp Set
  • Cardstock – Whisper White
  • Masking Tape
  • Stampin Buddy
  • Double-sided Foam Tape
  • Scissors

Learn How to Make a Napkin Ring from a Waffle Flower Doily Die-cut

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make a Napkin Ring from a Waffle Flower Dolly Die-cut

The fine detailed Doily die from Waffle Flower is versatile to use beyond card making. Covered with Mboss embossing powder in Gold, it gives the look of a true metallic made piece that works as the main body of the napkin ring. By choosing from any of the colors of the Mboss embossing powder you can match your table theme. Simple and easy to make, this napkin ring shows excellent around a white cloth napkin.

Skill: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: 1 hour per four pieces

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut a doily circle with the Waffle flower die. Waffle Flower dies work with any brand of machine such as Spellbinders or Sizzix.


Step 2

Press the VersaMark watermark ink pad on the die-cut dolly, cover with the Mboss gold embossing powder and heat set. Repeat once more to create a thick texture.


Step 3

Glue the organza ribbon to the middle back of the gold embossed dolly cut.


Step 4

Color the white leaves and flowers with Sheer SHIMMER STIX gold.


Step 5

Use the hot glue gun to set the flowers and the leaves onto the doily.


Step 6

Add the flower embellishments with the On Point Glue.

Supplies

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Other
  • Waffle FlowerDoily Circle die
  • White cardboard
  • Organza ribbon
  • Satin flowers and leaves
  • Sparkletz embellisments
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Heat tool
  • Hot glue gun

See How to Make a Happy Birthday Panda Card with Rinea Foil

by Elina Stromberg

See How to Make a Happy Birthday Panda Card with Rinea Foil

This panda stamp set is one of my favorites, and I’ve used it on many card projects. Embossed Rinea foil took these cute images on a completely new level; the shimmering patterned background is truly eye-catching and made the adorable party pandas pop! This card design is simple to make, and the Rinea foil is easy to emboss. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine and embossing folders you can easily emboss and pattern the foil with a stylus.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the pandas on white cardstock using clear VersaMark ink. Heat emboss the images using black Mboss embossing powder.


Step 2

Using the craft mat as palette color the embossed pandas with black, grey and red Memento inks. Wipe the ink pads on the craft mat and pick up the colors with a water brush. Once dry add highlights with a white color pencil. Cut out the images.


Step 4

Place a sheet of red Rinea foil in an embossing folder. Run through the die-cutting machine to create an embossed pattern. Doesn’t the embossed sheet look amazing! Trim the foil to a size slightly smaller than your card front.


Step 5

Trim a white panel to a size that is ¼” smaller than your card base on all edges. Die-cut two circles on the card front. Layer the card front panel on the embossed foil and mat onto a piece of dark red cardstock. Attach the layered card front to the card base using double-sided tape. Stamp the sentiment on the card front. Glue pandas on the die-cut circles.

Supplies

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  • Rinea Foil Paper – Autumn
  • Cardstock – Red, White
  • Cardbase
  • Stampin’Up – ‘Party Pandas’ Stamp set
  • Water brush
  • White color pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape

Learn to Create Shine with Silver Mboss and Rinea Foil Paper for a Shaker Card

by Melissa Andrew

Learn to Create Shine with Silver MBoss and Rinea Foil Paper for a Shaker Card

Today, I am making a fun shaker card using a number of fabulous Imagine products including the new Mboss Embossing Powder in my new favorite color Silver! In addition, I’m adding some beautiful shiny Rinea paper. These two products really add a special touch to this handmade shaker greeting card. Join me in today’s fun paper crafting tutorial.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other