Faux Colored Embossing + Window Panel Card

Hello! It is Mike (Jennifer’s brother) here again today to publish one of her posts. Hope you like it! Here you go…


A few weeks ago, I was a guest on the Simon Says Stamp Blog where I shared a video showing how to create faux colored embossing. You don’t have to own a bunch of colors of embossing powder to get the look of colored embossing – – you can achieve the same look with just a few supplies you likely have! Oh, and the video also shows how to make a window panel on your card.

Faux Colored Embossing and Window Panel Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[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.]

I immediately fell head-over-heels for the new Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish Stamps. I really wanted to have the fish heat embossed in yellow and orange, but I didn’t have the right colors of powders. Therefore, I cheated! I just stamp them and clear embossed on top. Yay!

Faux Colored Embossing and Window Panel Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This technique is easy to do and especially effective with layering stamp sets (although you could use any). I stamped the layered goldfish images using their new Hybrid Bold inks (you could use any ink for this technique) and die cut them out using the coordinating dies. Next, I stamped one of the layering images on top using VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This adds lots of texture and dimension and gives the look of a colored embossing powder. You can even repeat the same process a second time right on top to add even more dimension.

Faux Colored Embossing and Window Panel Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After trimming down the cards, I sandwiched a piece of acetate between the card layers to create a fun window. I used Be Creative Tape since it’s a super strong adhesive. (Love that stuff!) The Pearl Strings Background was perfect for this card and resembles bubbles and went nicely with a heat embossed a coordinating sentiment on top.

I stamped the seaweed images on the inside of the card along with a sentiment from the Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages stamp set. For bubbles? Tiny pearls. Perfect.

Faux Colored Embossing and Window Panel Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope this inspires you to create a window on your card and try adding clear embossing to solid colored stamped images to give the look of colored embossing powder.


Here are some related links that may be helpful:


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. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

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73 thoughts on “Faux Colored Embossing + Window Panel Card”

  1. Just watched this latezt video (as I watch all your videos!) and have been struck yet again by your professionalism and your astonishing creativity. Above all, your generous sharing has given me the confidence and knowledge to enjoy finding about a whole raft of techniques and in using these successfully.
    Thank you.

  2. I love the window panel tutorial. I will definitely try this technique…. I had no idea! The new stamp set is super cute too! Thank you for all your videos… you are awesome.

  3. Every time you amaze me – thank you for the faux embossing technique! So simple yet I’ve not thought of it! Thanks for showing more ways to stretch our supplies without buying every craft product in sight!

  4. I watched this video when it first appeared and loved it. Thank you for showing it again. It reminded me how great it looked and that I had not tried it yet. Now I’m over to the crafting desk and making the card. You are the best.

  5. Hi Jennifer,
    I watched this video when you were a guest on the Simon Says Stamp Blog. I ordered the stamps, dies and inks and made the fish according to your directions. I had a different layout than your display window, but the card turned out great. It’s a favorite. Thank you for being there.

  6. What a super card and great technique! Love the embossing and the pearls are perfect for bubbles!
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  7. So happy to see your post this morning. Love this card. As always, your directions are wonderful and so inspiring. I absolutely love seeing you create.

  8. Thank you for the video tutorial. One day I’ll get up the courage to make that window panel. I love the way it looks with the bit of stamping you did behind it.

  9. Greetings! I caught this video when it was posted for SSS, but it’s definitely one I’ve watched a couple of times (& will watch again). I couldn’t order the stamps or acetate cards, because they were OOS when Hero Arts had their big Leap Day Sale (I wonder why, LOL), but I will pick them up in my next order. I did get the new HA Bold Inks that you mention in this video, & briefly during the HA New Release video. I was waiting for you to post your video about them, as I usually wait to hear what others (mainly you & Kristina) are saying before I buy, but I didn’t want to miss that great sale! 🙂 I can’t wait to try them, & still am looking forward to hearing your thoughts & ideas. Thanks!

  10. Hello Jennifer and everyone,
    I am kind of new with this blog. I really like the way you present things (including your brother’s input!).
    I like your “Copic” Markers. I would like to know if it’s worth it, for me to buy them. It’s pricy, and I’m not a professional. What would be your next choice of marker (meaning a little cheaper)? And if you do think that Copic is THE BEST then which color should I start with? There are so many!
    Thank you for your time and energy.
    Have a great day,
    Jenny A.Wolfley
    I’m french so I hope, my message makes senses!!!

  11. I loved this example of the fishy window card. For years I have hoarded Acetate from packaging and I often cut it up, make shakers, use it to make my own ghost die cut shapes and letters.. I loved this card, although I didnt have the great fish stamps you used, I combined the embossing folder ink distress technique and this window card and it came out great. thanks for all your inspiring ideas. I too am a technique freak…

  12. This is SO wonderful! Love to see your creativity! Selfishly, I love that you share your creativity so freely (with people like me), but I also love it because it makes me smile to see how Creator God has put His creativity in you as a reflection of Himself. Just read that you are taking a break from blogging – good for you! However you are spending this break, I pray Ephesians 3 for you, “that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Praise God for brothers, too, so we appreciate Mike!

  13. Jennifer, I love this card — well, I love all your cards but this one is just so much fun! You have the Hero Arts set listed as what you used for t he sentiment – but I can’t see it in this set. Can you tell me what I am missing? Thanks so much for all the wonderful inspiration you give us. I love your work and sure do enjoy the many things I have learned watching your videos. Someday – I hope to have my supplies half as organized as yours.

  14. Thank you so much for this tutorial! Just gorgeous and I am so glad I watched it to see how you put it together using the white panels, too. Love the embossing tips, too!!

  15. Just received the set from Hero Arts (the bundle version with the ink pads, great idea !). It took me some time to find your video as I had been stupid enough not to register the link to your post. But it was THE card which made me want to get that stamps set.

    So, next creation will be a fish card with a window ….. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us !

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