Faux Color Embossing + GIVEAWAY

Hi there! Today I share a faux colored embossing technique… along with tips for layering stamps and getting the most out of background dies.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources 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.]

When I started this video, I really only planned to focus on creating a faux colored embossing look. However, I got carried away and shared a bit more. 🙂

The new Waffle Flower Stitched Roses Stamp Set is amazing. It gives such incredibly realistic results… a look that takes me back to my days of cross stitching! And to give it a dimensional look, I wanted to add colorful heat embossing. However, many people don’t have lots of colors of pigment inks, so I wanted to show you another option.

After stamping each of the layers of the Waffle Flower Stitched Roses Stamp Set with shades of dye inks, I stamped them again – directly on top – with Versamark Ink and clear heat embossed. This gives the look of using colored embossing powders (which I don’t have many of). If you have pigment inks, you could skip the Versamark step.

In this photo below, you can see the difference heat embossing makes. The card on the left is heat embossed and the card on the right is not. The embossing adds dimension and vibrancy!

For these two peach cards, I used Lawn Fawn Peachy Keen Ink along with Hero Arts Pale Tomato, Bold Strawberry, and Bold Moss Inks. I created the backgrounds by making an impression on Lawn Fawn Guava Cardstock with the Lil Inker Designs Circles & Diamonds Stitched Pattern Die and Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat. Oh – and the white panels were cut with the Waffle Flower Lacy Layers Dies and the sentiment is from the cute Neat and Tangled Crafting is My Jam Stamp Set. Whew!

For the pink flower, I used Hero Arts Bubblegum, Ultra Pink, Raspberry Jam, and Bold Moss Inks. (But remember – you can use any inks with this faux colored embossing trick.) The background was created with the Lil Inker Designs Tribal Chic Die and Gina K Dusty Rose Cardstock. To decorate the envelopes, I stamped “handmade goodness inside” from the Gina K Handmade Goodness Stamp Set.

These yellow cards are so happy! For the flower I used Hero Arts Soft Vanilla, Butter Bar, Orange Soda, and Bold Moss Inks. The oh-so-happy background was created with the Lil Inker Designs So Sunny Die and Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat on Gina K Wild Dandelion Cardstock.

This Waffle Flower Stitched Roses Stamp Set is a bit tricky: the layered images need to be lined up just right to give that perfect cross-stitch look. Therefore, I used a trick of creating a vellum guide and it worked great. (Be sure to watch the video to see how.)

Next up? My favorite colors. I used Hero Arts Mint, Aegean, Emerald, and Bold Moss Inks along with Lawn Fawn Peacock Cardstock. For the card on the left, I used the Lil Inker Designs Dotted Scallops Die and Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mats to create an impression… and for the card on the right, I just used it as a die. Love that a background die can offer both looks!

I also stamped the heart from the Waffle Flower Stitched Cup of Tea Stamp Set to decorate the matching envelopes.

For the blue cards, I used Bazzill Gumball Cardstock along with Hero Arts Dusty Blue, Cornflower, Stonewash, and Bold Moss Inks. The first card shows using the Lil Inker Designs Diamond Lace Die as a die. Isn’t it pretty?

And this next one shows using the Lil Inker Designs Diamond Lace Die with a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat to create a gorgeous background impression. Even lovelier…

I also wanted to make a quick card using the Waffle Flower Stitched Cacti Stamp Set. Such a cute little cactus! I created the eyes by drawing dots with a black sharpie on white enamel dots.

I stamped the images on a Kat Scrappiness Stitched Rope Nested Square die cut and added it to a card stamped with the My Favorite Things Mesh Background Stamp.


Yesterday I posted info on some great crafty sales going on. Well, Lil Inker Designs extended their sale! The background dies I used today are from them.

Get 15% off – Now through today only – 3/17/17 – at Lil Inker Designs! (Excludes new release.) Use the code “NOSNOWNOW17” when shopping HERE.


Interested in winning a Lil Inker Designs background die? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 3/25/17 telling me if you ever cross-stitched or did any other crafty hobbies. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Want to find 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 with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.


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615 thoughts on “Faux Color Embossing + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Great looking cards! I used to do cross stitching years ago, but quit and went on to other crafty adventures! I do have a pillow I made for my mom about 40 years ago that had pansies and Violet’s on it. When she died 7 years ago, I got it back and keep it on the bed to remind me of her every time I see it. Oh how I miss her She loved everything I made for her – including my handmade cards! I wish I could still send them to her. Anyway, I do still enjoy sending them to special friends and other family members. I also love to scrapbook and – with 11 grandkids- I never run out of things to scrapbook! Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful idea So!

  2. back many years ago when I could hold a needle I made 8 recipe books with each persons favourite recipes of my own creation and after I each of the books I cross stitched Your Favourite Recipes by Lindi with little saucepans a mix Master and some fruit and veg, was so proud of them too.. your card here today are beautiful also loved the dies and embossing backgrounds…

  3. I tried cross stitch as a tiny girl, but I haven’t tried it since. I do love to sew/serge when I can find projects that need to be done. I am mostly a card maker now, because if I make more cards, I can send them or give them as gifts!

  4. Love the cards…they are so cute! I have never had the patience for cross stitch might have to look into this stamp 🙂

  5. Years ago, I did do some cross stitch & embroidery, but not well. I found it to be more tedious than relaxing, so I retired my needle. Thanks for another really helpful video & a chance to win.

  6. I’ve done counted cross-stitch before but I mainly do crochet, paper crafting and other small crafts. I love the look of the cards.

  7. omgarsh! i wanted the vintage rose stamp set from Altenew so bad. My daughter bought it for me for xmas. I probably spent a dozen hours and came up with exactly three usable roses and this was with my Misti. Admittedly, I have double vision and trying to scrutinize to see if I had it layered right was pretty tricky. Today I came home from work and made a vellum square of each rose layer with black stazon. And very first try, the rose came out perfect. I felt so bad because I thought I was never going to use this lovely gift. What a great idea. She turns 30 ( i was 7 when I had her!) next week and I am using this to make the card. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  8. I cross stitched in what seems to be a previous life. Lol
    I did birth samplers for all 3 of my children. I believe my youngest was 6 before his was finished. I’m going to give this a try, maybe it’s quicker.

  9. I have cross-stitched in the past. I’ve tried embroidery. Do you remember rug hooking? I think that’s the right name. I used to quite enjoy that!

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