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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. πŸ™‚

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 β€œNOSNOWNOW17” 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 β€œleave 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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613 thoughts on “Faux Color Embossing + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Cross-stitch, embroidery, sewing, crochet, painting, lots and lots of crafty hobbies before I started paper crafting!

  2. Beautiful cards, love your backgrounds!
    Yes I cross stitch and am just finishing a project at the minute – my eyes aren’t what they used to be so it’s a bit more hassle these days, and I doubt I’ll be starting another one πŸ™

  3. I used to do cross-stitch, latch hook, and other thread/yarn crafts when I was a girl. As a teen my sister introduced me to scrapbooking and I’ve been a paper crafter ever since.

  4. One of the many things I LOVE about your videos is seeing some of the amazing products you use that I would otherwise never know of. Those background dies are Amazing! I used to crosstitch as a kid, but now I find stamping and cardmaking so much more fun!

  5. I have just started up cross stitching as well as embroidery as an easy way to while away the time when rv-ing. Supplies do not take up much space, so makes for easy packing for travel!

  6. Jennifer, I just love the look of these and your video was full of so many useful tips. Thank you! I cross stitched a few times when I was young but hadn’t done anything for years until this past Christmas. I’d say a good 3 years prior I had bought some towels to stitch for my sister and never done it. She and her family were out visiting for Christmas…something that has only happened twice in the last 12 years, so three days before Christmas I decided it was time to make the towels as she appreciates handmade gifts more than anyone I know. I cross stitched my little heart out until about 3:00 in the morning three nights in a row (I had to look up a lot of tutorials…I’d forgotten nearly everything I once knew), but I finished them just in time.

  7. I have cross stitched in the past. There may be an unfinished project somewhere in my stash! I do love to sew and make purses. I started out scrapbooking which evolved into card making. I love your videos and learn so much from you. Thanks so much for continuing to amaze me!
    Deb πŸ˜‰

  8. I love the new cross stitch stamps. I love to do real cross stitch and take a project when I travel. I also make jewelry and rag wreaths. Love to craft!!

  9. You name a craft and I either do it, have tried it or want to try it. As for cross stitching yup, I’ve done it, but it made my eyes cross! Not one of my favorites. My father, on the other hand, does gorgeous cross stitch with tons of shading and over stitching. When he’s done it looks much more like a painting or photograph than cross stitch..,

  10. I love all thingd crafy! I taught myself counted cross stitch nearly 30 years ago. That may have been my first real crafty experience. Have been playing and learning nee things ever since. Most recently gum paste flowers and trying my hand at card making. Love your You Tube videos!

  11. Cross stitch was my first love-now I don’t seem to have time with all my card making but I love these new stamps! What a fun combination!! Your cards are beautiful! All the colors are awesome.

  12. I love your color combos on each card! TFS! I love cross stitch, I used to do a lot of projects, but now my eyes get tired easily I also love hand embroidery. Thanks for the chance!

  13. I love your cards! I used to crochet, but haven’t done so in years. I recently made little felt animals for my daughter’s students, and they loved them. Thanks for the great video and the chance to win!

  14. Love the cards and the background dies. I used to cross stitch all the time, now I do about 1 project a year. It is great to do one the go. Now I mainly do scrap booking and card making. I can difinately finish a paper craft faster than a cross stitch project ?

  15. These cards are so unique, Jennifer! Yes, I used to cross stitch a lot years ago and still have a couple framed pieces that are priceless.

  16. I’ve never completed an actual cross stitch. I did try a few times, but found it was a little too difficult with my vision. No craft should ever give you a headache πŸ™ This flower set would be the perfect way to get a cross stitched look for me. I love trying different crafts. Most recently, I’ve been working with vinyl. I’ve made celebration boards (even sold a few) and glass blocks (sold even more). Next up, I plan to try my hand at brush lettering. Thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win a new die.

  17. Love the variety of cards! I started counted cross stitch many years ago and this past Christmas did a bit more! This time I did need a magnifying glass! ?

  18. Twenty plus years ago I was addicted to cross stitch. But now I find card making much more satisfying and creative.

  19. Great set of cards ! What a good idea for the backgrounds — thank you for sharing all the tips and clear video !
    I did cross-stitching when I was a kid; it’s ages ago since I did some. Besides card-making (and other paper-related crafting) I now still like to knit, sometimes some crochet; and I follow calligraphy-courses.
    Thank you for the give-away; good luck to all of us !

  20. I like cross -stitch. I’ve had a go at ribbon embroidery and other handcrafts too.
    Cardmaking is my passion tho’, all the wonderful toys that are out there to play with!
    Love how you have embossed your cards and used the background dies in different ways,
    Thanks for sharing!

  21. Oh yeah, have I Cross stitched. It used to be my greatest hobby until I had kids. Now it’s Card making, knitting and crochet. Awesome prize.

  22. Boy, do I have an answer for this one!!! I have over a 1000 counted cross-stitch patterns and have made many of them. I have also pretty much done every craft out there, at least once! ie: quilting, mixed media art quilts, needlepoint, knitting, crochet, weaving, stained glass, ceramics, all kinds of painting, beading, wirework, other jewelry making, polymer clay, etc, etc, etc!!!

  23. Lovely cards! I once made my MIL some hand towels with a cross stitch rose design very similar to this – this is a lot less work, but so beautiful! I used to cross stitch years ago, before kids, and even when I only had one (in nap time), but now I have four kids, I find it hard to find time (or energy!)

  24. Thanks for this! Such great tips – love the vellum MISTI tip, will definitely use that!
    Cross-stitching was actually one of the first crafts I ever did (learned from grandma) so it has a very special place in my heart πŸ™‚

  25. As a child, I tried every craft I could and cross stitching was the main one that I liked the best. I was not introduced to card making until a couple of years ago and now I can’t stop making them. πŸ™‚ I still cross stitch from time to time but card making is my number one craft.

  26. I’ve done a little knitting. Wish I’d kept it up; it’s so rewarding to be able to make your own socks, among other things!

  27. In college I cross stitched something for my mom. The design called for 21 different shades of gray. I haven’t done much since. ?? I hope to be chosen as winner. Thanks again for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

  28. Love coss stitching. I did some in my early twenties . I really like this stamp set. Thank you for the details on how to make it.

  29. Great video! I love the Lil Inker background dies. I have one, but I might need more πŸ™‚
    I used to do cross stitching all the time. I once took a week off of work to finish a cross stitched baby gift. This was pre-kids, when I could do stuff like that πŸ™‚

  30. Doll houses and miniatures have been my passion for 35 years. Now I make time for cards and everything that involves. I’ve done cross stitch and needlepoint and don’t like either of them, can’t sit still long enough!

  31. My past craft experiencing includes sewing, tole painting, scrapbooking, stamping, card making, mosaics with
    broken china.
    I most enjoy my sewing project basket liners for every holiday; and my cookie jar lids with ‘outfits’ for every holiday
    which match my ‘hanging welcome bear’ who has outfits for every holiday including birthdays, snow days,
    rainy days. These were all done in tole (sp?) painting.

    I think the tole painting stamps are super quaint, feminine, a little old fashion. I love the backgrounds!

  32. I have used the cross stitch in needle work and love it, but that was years ago. I love that you are using it in card making. Beautiful cards and so much great information. Thank you.

  33. I always adore when you made so many cards at once!! I sometimes try this but am abominable doing so. Thank you for the vellum tip. I will be using that next time. Maybe one reason I don’t like doing multiples!! LOVE all your videos Jennifer. Thank you for all the inspiration !!

  34. Could you use embossing folders instead of background dies for the card? Any for-see-able problems? Also how would you use other dies to create this background piece (instead of background dies)? Thanks so much, Susan Deselms

  35. Beautiful cards. I do simple stitching/sewing on my projects but nothing like cross stitch! I’ve crocheted in the past so still trying to figure out a way to use all my old yarn up in paper projects. Thanks for the chance!

  36. Hello,
    I cross stitch and do the odd bit if sewing along with paper crafting and card making.
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  37. I got hooked with cross-stitching a long time ago. I love cross-stitching Precious Moments but did try other things as well. It was such a fad back then. Thanks for such a great tutorial. I saw that Li’l Inker Sale but I am out of the country, so I wasn’t able to make a purchase. I love their background dies too!

  38. Cross-stitch was probably the first craft I learnt with my Mum. I still remember the first piece I worked on – a rose! I still do it, although not as often anymore. Love your cards Jennifer.

  39. I’ve tried cross stitch, knitting, latchhook and croquet but I wasn’t really into it. When I started paper crafting I was so engaged it was all I wanted to do. I love watching your videos! They are so inspirational. You have such creative ideas! πŸ™‚

  40. I used to be very big into cross stitching. I used to make cute little bibs for friends and family having children. I made cross stitch Christmas cards every year. Such a relaxing hobby. These cards are beautiful. You do such great cards.

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