Add Dazzle with Embossing Techniques

One of the most dazzling embellishment techniques you can incorporate into your creations is heat embossing! This technique only takes a few minutes to achieve, but the end result is breathtaking. Today, we’re going to show you a few ways to use heat embossing in your artwork, and then take it a step farther by adding color to the interior of your embossed images!

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If you’re not familiar with heat embossing, this technique starts with stamping an image with sticky or viscous ink, like a VersaMark™ ink pad. You then sprinkle the stamped area with embossing powder, tap off the excess powder, and then pass a special heat tool over the image, allowing the embossing powder to melt into the ink. This leaves you with a metallic, acrylic, or UV-coated finish over your stamped image, depending on what type of embossing powder you use.

For today’s techniques, we’ll not only be showing off some gorgeous, embossed artwork, but we’ll For today’s techniques, we’ll not only be showing off some gorgeous, embossed artwork, but we’ll also be teaching you how to add color to these embossed sections using Distress Oxide™ Ink Pads and our very own Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads!

We’ve put together an instructional video to show you each step of these eye-catching techniques. Follow along with Art Studio director, Karen Pedersen, as she teaches you how to achieve gorgeous colored embossing, using some of the beautiful papers and stamps from our Sweet as Honey collection. Enjoy!

We’ve put together an instructional video to show you each step of these eye-catching techniques. Follow along with Art Studio director, Karen Pedersen, as she teaches you how to achieve gorgeous colored embossing, using some of the beautiful papers and stamps from our Sweet as Honey collection. Enjoy!

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card (Horizontal)
Z4403 Sweet As Honey—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7276B Sweet as Honey Paper Packet, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3830 Mustard Seed Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3831 Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3829 Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7276E Sweet as Honey Cork Shapes, Z2066 Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z3886 Mini Ink-blending Tool, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card (Vertical)
Z4403 Sweet As Honey—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7276B Sweet as Honey Paper Packet, X5947 Mink Cardstock, X6059 Shortbread Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3830 Mustard Seed Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3831 Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3829 Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z891VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7276E Sweet as Honey Cork Shapes, Z2066 Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Wishing You Sunshine & Happiness Card (Vertical)
C1924 My Acrylix® Sweet as Honey—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X6047 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3830 Mustard Seed Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3829 Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z891VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7276E Sweet as Honey Cork Shapes, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z3886 Mini Ink-blending Tool

3½” x 8½” Wishing You Sunshine & Happiness Card (Vertical)
Z4403 Sweet as Honey—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7276B Sweet as Honey Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3830 Mustard Seed Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3831 Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3829 Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z891VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7276E Sweet as Honey Cork Shapes, Z2066 Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2088 Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z3886 Mini Ink-blending Tool, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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Step-by-Step Treat Holders for Your Loves

Whether you’re looking to make a set of Valentines for a classroom or to deliver a single, unique treat for a special occasion, these two darling paper projects are must-haves in your crafting repertoire!

We made the treat holders we are showing you today using our new Smitten paper collection, and we are simply head over heels for the results! This Valentine’s themed collection includes a gorgeous 12″ x 12″ patterned paper packet with double-sided designs, a coordinating 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet with captivating glossy UV-coated accents, and an incredibly cute stamp set with coordinating Thin Cuts full of sweet puns, all designed to brighten up anyone’s day.

Treat Pockets

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Materials Needed (for one pocket):
Smitten stamp set*
Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad*
Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad*
black journaling pen*
6″ x 6″ patterned paper
1¾” x 1¾” or 2″ x 2″ White Daisy cardstock (based on the size of what you’re stamping)
Pencil and ruler

*These are the products we used to create our example but, the beauty behind these projects is that you can make them from whatever you have at home, too, and for any occasion!

Prepare:
Stamp sentiments/designs on the small White Daisy cardstock square and embellish as desired.

Assemble:
1. Fold the 6″ x 6″ patterned paper in half, diagonally.

2. Make a light pencil mark along one of the short edges of the triangle, at 2½” from the right angle, bring the opposite corner of the triangle up to that point, and fold. Do the same thing with the other side.

3. Open the two corner folds to return to the original triangle, then fold down the top layer of the remaining corner at the 2½” marks. Lift this fold back up and bring in the corners again.

4. Insert the top triangle fold into the space between the layers of the top corner fold, then gently use your finger to pop in and curve the bottom of the pocket.

5. Attach the prepared White Daisy cardstock square to the front of your pocket, with foam tape if you’d like some additional dimension, then fill the pocket with a note or a candy, or whatever treat you’re ready to deliver!

Treat Boxes

Materials Needed (for one box):
Smitten stamp set*
Intense Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad*
black journaling pen*
2⅞” x 6″ patterned paper (for mailbox “tunnel”)
4⅛” x 5⅝” Raspberry cardstock* (for inside drawer)
1½” x 2⅞” Raspberry cardstock* (for tunnel bottom inside)
1½” x 2⅞” Raspberry cardstock* (for tunnel bottom outside)
⅜” x 2½” Raspberry cardstock* (for flag pole/stick)
¾” x 4½” White Daisy cardstock (for flag)
Pencil and ruler

Prepare:
Fold the White Daisy cardstock in half and dovetail the open end. Stamp and embellish your newly created flag as desired. Then, attach the flag to the top of the ⅜” x 2½” cardstock.

Assemble:
1. Score the drawer piece horizontally, at 1⅜” and 2¾”. Then score this same piece vertically, at 1⅜” and 4¼”.

2. Cut along the 1⅜” vertical score lines, up to the first set of horizontal score lines, and then fold in along each score line.

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3. Attach the 1⅜” corners to the inside of the long sides of the box, on both ends, to form a 1⅜” x 2⅞” x 1⅜” box.

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4. Score and fold the tunnel patterned paper horizontally, ¾” from the top and bottom. Then, curve and attach the scored parts to one of the 1½” x 2⅞” cardstock pieces.

5. Attach the remaining 1½” x 2⅞” cardstock piece to the bottom of the newly created tunnel.

6. Insert the drawer and attach the prepared flag to the outside, and your mailbox is complete!

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These fun treat holders are just two of the 16 projects in our Smitten workshop. On January 27, at 2:00 p.m. (MT) we will be creating the scrapbook pages and slimline cards of this workshop live on our Facebook page.

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Join us to make these projects along with us, or simply to watch and then make the projects on your own at your own pace. Either way, we look forward to hosting you!

We will be creating the fun treat holders we walked you through today, along with several varieties of the same, on January 31, at 4:30 p.m. (MT), also live on our Facebook page. See you there!

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