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.



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. Card making was my very first crafting love. Ever since I have become a digital designer, my time has been over taxed. I have enjoyed coming back to my roots lately and going through my stash of stamps. Everyone needs a pile of beautiful hand made cards to send to the loved ones in our lives.
    My favorite darker colors for matting and for the main card are cocoa and black. They make a great foundation for a beautiful card. xoxox Beth

  2. Lovely cards Jennifer. I love a dark background with a bold white sentiment and have made variations of in the past. TFS and for the giveaway chance:)

  3. Your cards are so eye-catching! Just loved the layered embossing! I’ve used dark paper many times and can’t wait to go and try this! Love It!

  4. Hi Jennifer, I’ve only made a couple of dark background cards. In those instances, I thought it helped with a masculine theme. I love your cards, both bright and crisp. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks again!

  5. Hello, I use black paper backgrounds a lot. It makes bright colors pop! I have to try this technique. TFS

  6. I have used dark backgrounds before and they are pretty awesome! Loved the cards and thanks for the chance to win!

  7. I haven’t tried yet, but i can’t wait to try this technique. It just gives an awesome look.

  8. I have done sentiments on black with embossing powders but certainly have not tried multi layered colored images. I do think I would love to give these stamp sets a try! Thanks,as always for the inspiration!

  9. Recently I stamped an image on black cardstock using white embossing powder. I didn’t like the results because it looked blotchy in places. After seeing your video, Jennifer, I will using Versamark ink and not tap the embossing powder so hard. Thank you for all your great tips and videos!

  10. I have used dark backgrounds but it usually requires that I add some copy paper inside to be able to write someone on/in the card. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  11. I am new at stamping and m asking cards so I have not tr I ed a dark background yet. Love your videos very informative and easy to follow.

  12. I love dark backgrounds on cards and do them quite often. Your cards are gorgeous!!! I am totally in LOVE with these new Hero Arts layering stamp sets. All of them are on my wish list!!!

  13. I sometimes do create a bright and bold design on a dark background. The contrast is very striking.

  14. I have embossed on dark cardstock but I have not layered colors. I like the contrast and love this project.

  15. I have used embossing on black cardstock and was happy with the results.
    The layered colors are very striking!!!
    Thank you for all the helpful videos. So many cards to create!

  16. I have used darker backgrounds before, but
    Never thought of this! How awesome! I
    can’t wait to try it!!! I love these stamps, too!

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  17. Yes I have, for Ghost stamping. I use dark, colorful paper and use the white pigment ink then a dye ink that matches the card stock closely. I believe I learned this from one of your wonderful videos.

  18. I haven’t used a dark background like black before in my cards. I should be trying them out, move out of my comfort zone using only neutrals. Thanks for the inspiration

  19. great technique…I learn so much from watching your the stamps!!! thank you!

  20. Yes, I have made a few cards with dark backgrounds. Not near as many as lighter backgrounds. Thank you for giving me food for thought! So enjoy your blog and videos.
    Great inspiration!

  21. After seeing your great video – I can’t wait to try one on my own. Thank you for sharing your time and techniques with us!
    Warm Regards, BJ

  22. Great cards Jennifer. Love the stamps and how they can be used. I have not tried stamping on dark backgrounds, but will definitely give it a try. Thank you for the inspiration =)

  23. I love the look of a dark background! I have never tried heat embossing but after viewing your video I can’t wait to try it out!

  24. I have never tried dark backgrounds but currently, i am trying out night sky backgrounds and your tutorials have been great for that! Thanks.

  25. I have used dark BGs before but “forget” as I’m always reachinf for white. This technique has stunning results.

  26. Awesome technique, I love the contrast the black background offers! Thanks for sharing, as always! 🙂

  27. No, I haven’t tried black very often as a focal image background. That’s why I am excited to try this technique with these great new hero Arts stamp sets! 😉

  28. Beautiful. I have never tried this technique on black cardstock so I feel the need to go to my craft room and try it as soon as possible. Thank you for your inspiration.

  29. That’s a really pretty card! I’m very new in the card-making, so I have not tried a dark background… yet. I will definitely try it out soon 🙂

  30. Love your work, have taken several classes ! I have the black chalk paper which I use with chalk markers to make cards sometimes. Also use black cardstock a lot but want to try this technique.

  31. Eye-popping, such beautiful cards. Your videos are so helpful, thank you and also thanks for the opportunity of winning the stamp sets.

  32. Gorgeous cards!! I love the look of the dark background – it is so striking. I always pick a white or cream background out of habit. I think I will have to try this out now!

  33. These are beautiful! I will have to try. I have to admit that I have never done a card with a dark background. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. The cards are beautiful! I have not done dark backgrounds before, but this is a must try. Thanks for sharing…

  35. I love using dark backgrounds! I’ve never layered since I don’t own a layering stamp set yet, but this is a great idea! Thanks Jennifer!!

  36. Oh my goodness! I am in love with those stamps and that wonderful technique! Thank you many times over Jennifer for sharing these with us. I think I am going to be asking my OH for some new stamps and embossing powders plus coffee filters, dusting cloths, and too many other things to list. A fabulous and new to me technique with helpful hints to clean up my mess too = I am one happy stamper lol! Karen

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