Embossed Impressions + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello! I am here to share with you an embossed impression technique. I had *so much fun* making these cards and it is a great way to stretch your dies. I am also participating in a fun blog hop and giveaway today!

Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Sometimes a technique just makes me giddy… and this one did just that. I hope you like it! The thin-line embossing and fun texture are so fun.

This technique is best shown in action, so be sure to watch the video. For this first card, I used the Simon Says Stamp Corbel Tree Die to impress my cardstock… and then I used Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder to heat emboss it. Those thin lines are so detailed! I then colored in the image with my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen and added a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Essentials Stamp Set. I gave a few mists of Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz over the whole card and finished it off with a sequin star.

Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I just had to share a close up…

Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my next card, I stepped it up a bit by using a watercolor background I created with my Tombow Dual Brush Markers and Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz (instead of water). I then did the technique with the Simon Says Stamp Corbel Ornament Die and white embossing powder. Such detail! The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Messages Stamp Set.

Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The texture of the Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper just adds more interest…

Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I did two more examples to show that this technique can be simple and fast. For this card, I used the Simon Says Stamp Snowflakes for the Season Dies along with white embossing powder. That sentiment is so lovely – it is from the Simon Says Stamp Thankful Hearts Stamp Set.

Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And finally, this card shows that the technique can be done with a word die, too. This large Simon Says Stamp Believe Die is amazing… as is the coordinating stamp set. I used gold embossing powder and put a little shimmer in the word outlines.

Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you try this technique – it works great with any intricate dies!


Today I am part of the Simon Says Stamp “Believe in the Season” Blog Hop. I always love SSS hops because they are filled with very talented cardmakers… many of whom are my best friends. These folks inspire me so very much!

This hop features many wonderful products, which you can find HERE.

Believe in the Season 600x263 HOP

The next person on the hop is one of my favorite people in the whole world – Kathy Racoosin. That girl can color! (You can always start at the beginning of the hop on the SSS blog.)


How would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 10/26/16 telling me which today’s dies is your favorite. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Prize donated by SSS.)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those that are SSS branded. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.)

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1,300 thoughts on “Embossed Impressions + Blog Hop + Giveaway!”

  1. This technique is great. The Thanks card and the Believe card look like they are on velvet using this technique. Thanks so much for the video and the inspiration.

  2. Love this technique and it doesn’t look hard to duplicate! Thanks for sharing. Your cards are such an inspiration

  3. Hi Jennifer!
    These cards are amazing! I really love the Corbel Christmas Tree die the most! I especially thought embossing it on black cardstock looked so elegant! I like this particular Christmas tree from any other because of the unique shaped lines inside the tree! Thank you so much for this great giveaway! I have a MISTI on my Christmas wish list!

    Traci Starkweather
    [email protected]

  4. What a great technique to strech the us of your dies.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I realy like the Cortel tree dies and the Snowflakes for the Seasons dies.

  5. This is such a great idea for CAS but lovely cards. I love that ‘believe’ die. Too bad it’s out of stock already. I guess everyone loved it.

  6. Jennifer, you have really outdone yourself this time! These cards are gorgeous and I can’t wait to try this technique! Thank you, SSS, for offering this giveaway.

  7. I just discovered your youtube channel yesterday and I was so amazed that I forgot to eat and sleep. Literally! :)) Your creations are absolutely fabulous! I love all the supplies you mentioned in this article, but I think the “believe” die is my favorite! 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to make these wonderful videos and for being so kind to share your experience with all of us!

  8. thanks for showing us all these wonderful new way of using a die…..they all looks amazing….it’s hard to pick one!
    But if I’ve to…pick the tree as I love sending out Christmas cards. Thanks again.

  9. Gorgeous cards that inspire creativity! I absolutely adore the snowflakes for their design and versatility. We have already had some snow flakes fall so the dies would provide a cozy indoor pastime. SSS outdid themselves with their designs!

  10. I simply love the tree die; Christmas trees are so pretty ^_^ Thanks for sharing this technique; I can’t wait to try it myself!

  11. I am absolutely hooked on dies and this is another wonderful way to use them! Thanks for the new technique! This technique reminds me of a quilt, with the puffy little pillows!

  12. The SSS Corbel Tree Die is definitely my favorite and the card made with this die is my favorite. I love the embossing technique you used and I can’t wait to try this myself. Thank you for the inspiration!

  13. I absolutely love the corbel ornament die. the colors you have done with the card are gorgeous. it is my favorite

  14. The Corbel Tree die is my favorite from todays! I love the colors, especially the blues and greens! WOW! Stunning! TFS!

  15. Absolutely love the Corbel Tree die….it will be a “must have”! Beautiful cards. I agree with another crafter that it makes the card look quilted…another favorite hobby of mine!!

  16. Oh gosh love those cards! You are so talented…
    Which die is my fav? Well, all of them of course, quite an addiction I have to dies! If I could only chose one it would be the word Believe.
    Thank you for you non-stop inspiration!

  17. I tried this today with a very intricate christmas tree die from the short-live ‘Top Dog Dies’ (Accucut) and it worked perfectly! Thank you for the great tutorial and new way to use product I love and already own. -m

  18. Hello Jennifer,
    My favoite die is the slider die. I will have a lot of fun with this making cards for my 6 grandchildren. They will love it!

  19. Dear , Jennifer!
    please give me advice where is possible to buy stamp or dies words in Spanish . like example Gracias, amore… and so on. ( my english not so well ,hope understand me. )
    and sorry, i make a order , but realy dont understand where must write Your code name)
    for next time ?? [email protected]
    thanks a lot, Gracias

  20. You’re so cool! I do not believe I’ve truly read anything like that before.
    So nice to discover someone with some original thoughts on this subject.
    Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site
    is something that is needed on the web, someone with a bit
    of originality!

  21. How do you dry emboss with wafer thin dies, in a Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 machine? My sandwiches either have no pressure, or too much, and they tear the paper. 🙁

  22. Hi Jennifer, I have to buy a Big Shot so that I can cut and emboss dies! Maybe for a gift. I love all 3 of the dies I saw in your video but probably my favorite would be Corbel Christmas Tree. Gorgeous.

  23. I do not even know the way I finished up right here,
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  24. The Corbel Tree die is my favorite. No, wait! The ornament die is really my favorite. I need to give it some more thought. It’s too hard to decide. 🤣

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