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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. 🙂

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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613 thoughts on “Faux Color Embossing + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Cross-stitch was actually the very first crafty thing that I got hooked on when I was a kid in grade school (some 30-plus years ago!) It started off with one of those little beginner kits that my neighborhood friend had and I thought it was so neat. But honestly, I haven’t done cross stitch in years! I feel like I don’t have the time any more to sit around and stitch and that paper crafting seems like more instant gratification! But this post has kinda inspired me to dig in my stash for one of those kits I bought and never did!

  2. I started with latch hook as a kid, then moved on to sewing & love card making! I love anything crafty! You are inspiring with your beautiful cards of handmade kindness!

  3. Cross stitch-yes! For many years till my eyes said “enough”!!! Sewing and basket weaving were also hobbies in the past. Thanks!

  4. Jennifer, I love these cards. I used to cross stitch all the time and still have pieces I’ve made hanging in my house, so especially like the look of these cards. You do a great job!

  5. I have been cross-stitching for years and have recently taken up knitting and crocheting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I love the look of water coloring, but I love that I can achieve a similar look with stamping. I have also always had a interest in learning sewing and crocheting. Just need to the time to take some classes one day.

  7. I used to embroider and crossstitch as well as General sewing. I’ve been crafting for most of my life in so many ways. I’m enjoying all of your videos and beautiful cards. My wish list just keeps growing.

  8. Hi Jennifer. Just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for re-kindling in me my desire to start card making again. I stumbled across your website this morning and am so glad I did. Your cards are so beautiful and inspiring. I can’t wait to get started again and try some of the techniques in your videos. God bless you for sharing your passion and love of card making.

  9. I love these background dies so much, I just hate that they are so pricey! For the same price you can get 2 background stamps…. now just to figure out how to emboss a background stamp!!! That would be so cool!

  10. Beautiful stamps! I love cross stitching. I haven’t done any for a while. Some have been real simple and others a bit more complicated. Thanks again for the tips and tricks on stretching your supplies.

  11. This card brought back so many memories for me! My grandmother made a large quilt and cross stitched an amazing pattern in each one as a baby blanket for each of her grandchildren. I will always treasure my baby quilt. I think I’m going to try this card design and send it to her! ??

  12. This card looks so great. I did cross stitching a long time ago. I even did counted cross stitch. I have a ton of hobbies, but above all I am so in love with card making. I demo for a company & is part of their design team. I hope to win and put to use the great gift.

  13. I’ve cross stitched just a little before. Crochet is my other hobby of choice. However, after seeing your video I was inspired to do some faux cross stitch on some cards of my own. We used a grid stamp and got some perler bead patterns and did our own “cross stitching” with markers. Fun activity to do with the kids!

  14. The closest I ever came to being a sewer was cross stitching. I love my misti, but the company has been less than friendly. The magnets came damaged and so I requested replacements and they have been a complete hassle. Poor customer service.

  15. Wow! Lovely cards – really looks like cross stitching. I used to cross stitch and still have many books, pamphlets and supplies. Also, did needlepoint, quilting, tole painting. Still sew and have just begun learning how to make Japanese Kimekomi dolls.

  16. Such pretty cards. I love that you just let the stamp shine on its own. I’m always on the lookout for ideas for very flat cards since I mail the majority of those I make. Those background plates are wonderful. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I have never cross stitched but have dabbled with knitting and crochet needles.

  17. Hi, Jennifer! I’m actually fairly new to cardmaking. I have been sewing and doing handwork for most of my life. I did a few cross-stitch designs but sewing has always been my passion! I sewed for myself, then for my babies when they came along. I sewed Christmas and Easter outfits so all three of my girls matched or co-ordinated. Now, I have the pleasure of sewing for my grandchildren. However, though I’ve only started cardmaking, I love it! I have learned so much from you–thank you for all that you share!

  18. Until I got into paper crafting, I really was never very crafty. I did do some needlepoint but not for very long. Thank you for sharing another great stamping tip.

  19. Oh yes, I did cross stitch years ago. In fact, I “owe” my mother a project that has been sitting for almost 15 years!

  20. The cross stitch effect looks great on your cards. I used to cross stitch – mainly birth details with baby scenes and then personalised cross stitch bands on Christmas stockings for each of my nieces and nephews and friends. Thanks again for a great video.

  21. So nice cards! Thanks for sharing.
    Years ago, I did knitting and sewing but now I’m lacking time… so I make cards (& scrapbooking when I can).

  22. It’s very interesting cross-stitch but I’ve never tried it. These stamps are very realistic and I love them. My favourite cards you made are the peach ones, the colour is worm and delicate at the same time.
    Thanks for sharing.

  23. This may be one of my favourite stamp layering sets, I really like that cross stitch image. I used to cross stitch in my younger days and once did a cross stitch card for someone, but I haven’t done any for some time… the background plates are really gorgeous. I have the quilted stitched pattern die and use it a lot, but I really love the scallop dot one, it’s beautiful! And the lacy one from your favourite things is also stunning. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas Jennifer, Lisa xx

  24. I absolutely love all your creative cards and ideas, these ones are so cool. I myself have tried many many other crafts including cross-stitching. Thank you for your inspirations.

  25. Yes, I used to cross stitch when I was younger and loved it. I love this stamp set and all of the beautiful cards Jennifer.

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