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Video: Layered Heat Embossing + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video is one I did for the Hero Arts blog, but I wanted to share it here also. It shows how to do layered heat embossing.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

There is just something so very striking about bold colors against a dark/black background. I find the fastest way to achieve this look with with heat embossing. Thankfully, embossing powders are not expensive and last a very long time.

The Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies and Color Layering Bird and Branch stamp sets are perfect for this layered heat embossing technique. By simply stamping/embossing the images on top of each other, you get a mini masterpiece. I used various Wow opaque embossing powders for bold, solid color.

I gotta say – these two stamp sets are two of my favorites from Hero Arts. That bird – wow! So perfect for this technique. And the embossing gives a bit of texture. Bonus!

I finished off the cards by heat embossing a greeting from the Hero Arts Graphic Flower stamp set and mounted the embossed piece on to a white note card, with foam in between for dimension.

Here are some embossing tips that I find helpful with this technique:

  • Using an anti-static tool is important with each layer of stamping so you don’t end up with stray bits of colorful embossing powder. You can use an anti-static tool, cornstarch, or a dryer sheet. (I much prefer the Powder Tool for this. It lasts a verrrry long time!)
  • When tapping off the embossing powder, tap lightly. If you tap off too much, the black cardstock will show through the embossing.
  • Heat up your heat gun before bringing it to the paper. I usually let mine heat up for 30 seconds and this helps prevent the paper from warping.
  • A good heat gun makes a HUGE difference when it comes to embossing and preventing warping. I *highly* recommend the Milwaukee.
  • If you don’t have the right color of embossing powder, try mixing embossing powders together to create your own.
  • If you’re using a dark colored cardstock, use an opaque embossing powder so the color is nice and bright. I recommend colorful powders from Ranger and WOW… and the basics from Hero Arts.

Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win BOTH the Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies Stamps and Color Layering Bird and Branch Stamps stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/6/15 telling me if you have ever tried dark backgrounds on your cards. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks for the stamps, Hero Arts.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Hero Arts (HA), etc.

 

 

 

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772 thoughts on “Video: Layered Heat Embossing + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I have tried dark backgrounds, but I can never seem to get my image as bright as I’d like. I love how yours stand out so beautifully when you do the layered embossing!

  2. I regularly use dark backgrounds because I layer with die cuts but I really do need to explore the embossing option some more.

  3. I’ve never tried dark backgrounds on cards but your videos always make me want to try things out of my norm!

  4. I have tried dark colored backgrounds for my Christmas cards (navy, burgundy, pine green, etc), but not really for other cards. LOVE the look of these, I will have to try some soon!

  5. Never tried, but would love to…anything to get from
    my crafting guru works just fine…thanks for wonderful giveaway!

  6. I preferred to use white is a background. Occasionally I use dark backgrounds. I just made my son a graduation card with a dark navy blue background when he graduated from the Marines boot camp. The dark background made the design pop.

  7. Hi Jennifer, Welcome back and hope you’re feeling better. I have used dark backgrounds but only with white embossing. What an easy and effective way for a bright focal point. I love the bird layers. Great sets from Hero Arts. Thanks for sharing. The time you take to share is greatly appreciated.

  8. I think I’ve only used dark backgrounds for Halloween cards. Thanks for sharing a different idea and for the chance to win!

  9. I am definatly loving the watercolor trend. I even took a class from Ken Oliver himself on Thursday. I also have purchased about 4 of the zig clean color markers to try as I cannot afford copics and hope it’ll be a good alternative. I have not tried this stamp company, but winning would be a great way to try them out. You are my favorite craft artist and are on my “hope to meet someday” list!! I think I’ve watched most of your videos so far!!!

  10. I like to use heat embossing on my cards, but I always seem to end up with the “orange peel effect”. Can you suggest some ways to avoid this? Thank you!

  11. Hi Jennifer!
    What an exciting video! I’very known about the multi-layering stamps before however I have never seen nor heard of multi-layer embossing! What an awesome technique! You were so right! The Embossing Powders were popping off that black cardstock! I can’t wait to try this out! Looks like I need to invest in some bold colors of powder!
    Thanks for sharing more ideas than I will ever be able to do. It’s a great problem of have!

    He-IS-Able!
    Traci Starkweather
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