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. I remember watching this video over at SSS channel. Amazing technique! Have to try it for sure. And the window panel such a great touch!
    Thank you for sharing! Your card is amazing!
    Love this stamps set.

  2. I knew I wanted the layered fish stamps & dies when the release came out. Now I REALLY must have them. Gorgeous card. Love the clear panel.

  3. Thank you Mike. I hope Jennifer is taking a nice break, she deserves to do something fun. Beautiful card, love the fish and their coloring.

  4. Hi Mike & Jennifer ~ Thanks again for filling in, Mike….such a great brother!! This card is spectacular and so very creative, as usual. Love the window panel; absolutely amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re off doing something fun, Jennifer!!

  5. Thanks Mike, love the video but I am almost sure I saw this same one about a month ago either here or maybe it was on Simon Says Stamp. Thanks again!!

  6. Nice job, Mike! Thanks for standing in and helping Jennifer out.
    Jen, I love your card and what a great idea! I know we don’t always have the colors of embossing powder that are called for and this is a great way to make it look like you did. I love those fish! They look so real! We had a 20 gallon fish tank at one time and boy did we have a lot of fish. No goldfish but plenty of others. We don’t have it anymore but I loved watching the fish. They say it’s relaxing and it is.
    Thanks for another great card!

  7. Not only I love this goldfish set when I first saw it, but also loved the way you made this clear panel to give a different look on the regular card. I always thought of “Multi folding” for something different, but you gave me the idea. I love watching your videos cuz they usually give me so many ideas, and my head starts to spin with ideas!! 🙂 Thanks for this video clip 🙂

  8. Jennifer: I LOVE this card = and especially because I just bought the fish set so I can’t wait to case your brilliance. Thank you!

  9. I watched your video when it was on SSS. Very informative and I really like the results. I’ve been mostly using colored inks and clear powder for years to match my projects. Although, one of my favorite things is to combine embossing powders to make my own colors. Thanks for all you do and thanks to Mike for sending the post.

  10. Thank you for yet ANOTHER fantastic, or should I say FINtastic card and how-to video, Jennifer! This is so realistic and clever ….and I thought of a cute child’s card using crazy colored ink, like purples, and then putting dots or stripes of glitter into the melted hot embossing powder. Of course they would get your kid’s favorite: googly eyes!

    Thanks for putting this together, Mike….all the links work~(wink). The “Be Creative” tape and “String of Pearls” stamp are sold out. Jennifer has a huge following…whatever she likes, sells…she has great taste and has tested the products. We trust her!

  11. Thanks for filling in for Jennifer. I do pray that she’s alright and just taking some much needed vacation time with the family and it’s not something physical. I am keeping her in my prayers.
    I loved this video and went to the website and immediately bought all the required supplies to make this card. I think it’s awesome and I can’t wait to have a little time to actually sit down and make it!!!

  12. I can’t even express how much I love those cards! Every detail is just perfect. You amaze me. I will confess I didn’t quite “get” the part about the window but I’m sure if I watch it again I’ll understand. It looks so cool that it’s worth figuring out how to do it!

  13. Jennifer, I just wanted to say thank you for your kind heart and your goodness. You have impacted my life in so many positive, happy and hopeful ways. I discovered your YouTube videos last summer and and decided to resurrect my 20+ year old stamps. Did you know that ink pads can actually stay wet for over 20 years? Crazy! Even my cardstock has survived, intact, through all of those years.

    Anyway, thank you for developing and sharing your talent. I’m so glad that I found your videos and blog. And, by the way, that goldfish card is my #1 favorite card of all of the cards I have seen on your blog. (Insert a “thumbs up” emoji here.)

  14. FABULOUS cards and very COOL technique!!!
    I saw this on the SSS Blog last month & saved it as a must-try technique => THANK YOU for the refresher Mike 🙂
    Sure hope Jennifer and her family are OK.

  15. Love the clear panel on your card! I only have one embossing powder – clear – so I use this technique all the time!

  16. Jennifer, this was a fantastic video; I learned many things. A question, love the hero arts goldfish stamp and die and while I can find the stamp, I could not find the die (even at Hero Arts) do you happen to know where it is available and in stock? Best, Linda

  17. Hero Arts released one of my FAVORITE releases this your.The goldfish were brilliant to create.I love the clear panel.Thank you for SHARING.

  18. What a beautiful card, Jennifer. Thanks to Mike for sharing it with us today. Love the acetate panel!

  19. What a beautiful card, and what great techniques! I love that acetate see-through window. I think this would be a great way to use some packaging plastic and recycle it. I love the idea of using the clear embossing powder over the inked image. I don’t have a lot of colored embossing powders , but now I know how to get the look! Thanks Jennifer, your videos always inspire me. thanks Mike for sharing Jen’s great ideas!
    ~Gin K.~

  20. What a great card! Looks like it is fun to make too. Like your technique for the window. So many ideas to do with this technique.

  21. Phenomenal creativity and video 🙂 Thank you Mike for “filling in” = perhaps we’ll see YOU creating a card soon ;-P
    I run a Scrapbooking group for the parents of our NICU babies and I entice the daddies by telling them it is “paper engineering” ….so what are you waiting for? Tee Hee!

  22. this is really interesting! I’m really taken with how the clear powder adds such dimension when using it on just one layer. And thank you for the tutorial on the clear panel — i’m definitely going to try that. Looks like you have a great brother to help you!

  23. What a lovely card.

    I really like the acetate panel, it gives a real airiness to the layout. I have loads of pieces of plastic packaging I have been meaning to use up and this would be a great way to do so.

    I also enjoyed the embossing technique, anything that maximises the uses of a product gets my vote.

  24. Hi got this stamp set after watching your first video about it. Really love this card also. I have a question regarding one of the stamps. There is a small stamp with oblong circles that I have no idea what it is for. Is it scales? Is it gravel for the bottom of a scene? HELP!

  25. Thank you, Jennifer. Love the tutorial videos, and Love this card. Especially the clear window, and the little pearl bubbles. Great ideas. ???

  26. Such a gorgeous card! Loving the texture of the second one–It’s such a great idea to stamp over it with the clear embossing powder! The dandelion ink is my favorite of the new hybrid inks too. After stamping the samples at CHA I found I didn’t have any yellows like that and it’s such a pretty color. 🙂

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