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.

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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!)

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

  1. Such beautiful cards Jennifer, thank you for sharing. I made black and white Christmas cards last year – I used black cardstock and stuck white snow flakes on them which I cut out with my Cameo. I was really pleased with the result!

  2. I’ve tried dark backgrounds before, but never with multiple, colored embossing powders. Seems like it would be alot of fun and these stamps would make it easier. Thanks for the opportunity to win them!

  3. I’ve used a dark background only once. I stamped floral images with white pigment ink, then colored over that with colored pencils. Came out pretty, but not as nice as the ones Jennifer did in this tutorial!

  4. I am very new to card making. I discovered your website and its been all downhill since then! I keep every one of your videos to watch over and over again so that I learn to do things the right way! I love your videos because they are so clear and easy to understand. I’m still practicing with plain colors and stamping, but I finally got some colored embossing powders today…its been hard to find it in the stores locally. So this holiday weekend I will be playing with colors, cards, embossing, and whatever I get the courage to try out! I can’t wait to try using the black card stock, but want to save that for when I am more skilled. I already have tons of ideas that I want to use it for and my job is only getting in the way of all the things I want to try! LOL Have a wonderful vacation! Look forward to your next videos!

  5. Although I’ve done dark backgrounds, I typically prefer light ones. Now, however, I’m excited to try this technique. 🙂

  6. What a great technique and the cards are beautiful! I have used dark cardstock as background but not too often!

  7. I love this technique. After I watched your video I made the card using the Stampin’ UP! Watercolor Wings stamp set. It turned out great. I love your videos and watch you all the time. I am doing a blog post on this same technique on Friday. I made the card for my Grandparents 67th wedding anniversary 🙂

  8. Wow, another great technique that I can’t wait to try! I haven’t done any card with dark backgrounds, but am inspired to now!

  9. I have never used a dark background and I don’t like black so much, but I realy change my mind when I see your cards! The colors pop out on the dark background. I’ll give it a try 🙂

  10. I have never tried this so have read your post and left to go to stamp place, made purchase of white embossing powder and returned. Am posting to you now but will be attempting this soon after posting! I appreciate your inspiration and knowledge. Thank you!

  11. i didn’t know that you could double the embossing it is something that i am going to try i am 78 years young and you have shown me many things now that i am going to try thank you.

  12. I am relatively new to the card making scene. I did try a black background early on, but I think I would like to do it again after seeing this. Haven’t tried embossing yet, though. Thanks for sharing your videos. It’s a great help to a newbie like me!

  13. Love this card so much… I need these stamps, Jennifer, LOL!!! I tried heat embossing on dark cardstock after taking the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class with Online Card Classes (with the WPlus9 Spring Blooms on Navy Cardstock). You are such an inspiration to me, I love everything you do. XOxo

  14. I have tried black chalkboard cardstock with chalk ink. I enjoyed trying a new technique, but ended up learning that I needed different ink that was more opaque. Thanks for a new technique using items that I already have, I’m excited to try it out!

  15. Cool cards! I very rarely use a dark background color, mostly just with Perfect Pearls, or Kaleidescope EP since they tend to give better results with darker colors.

  16. No I haven’t…yet! Your video has definitely sparked the desire to try! Thank you for the giveaway opportunities!
    ~c
    Carol

  17. I often use black or dark backgrounds for men’s cards. They can turn out quite dramatically with gold or white embossing powder.

  18. I never used dark card stock. I have yet to find a really dark black paper. Perhaps I will try the set that you mention. However there are a few black in the assorted set. I love what you created! I am inspired to experiment with another dark color. Thank you.

  19. i used black cardstock many years ago when I discovered heat embossing. I had found an embossing powder that changed colors when heated. It was fun. I am excited to try your technique to layer the colors.

  20. I finally got a heat gun so I can do some heat embossing! I am looking forward to trying some of these dark background techniques.

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