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. Cute projects, at first look it reminded me of a dot matrix printer until I got to the cactus and it looks like cross
    stitch. I have a huge cross stitch project waiting on the wings but have yet to start it. As far as other hobbies, hum, were do I begin. I dabble in a bunch of different things like jewelry, leather like wallet making, wood like making diy shelves to my own ribbon holder and leather tool rack and then pyrography. I like to paint but I am not very good at it. I just love everything about art, it gives me a purpose.

  2. My first real craft hobby was needlework and sewing. I love making both but now I primarily make cards. Gorgeous cards and very fun stamps.

  3. Great inspiration! Thanks for the video! Yes I used to cross stitch. Sadly my best piece was for my sis-in-law in TX and it burned with her house from a lightning strike on their rural home 2 days before Christmas years ago. I should do another one for her. It was a wonderful grid design with Herbs in each square. She is an avid gardener & is a member of a Heirloom Seed Savers Club. The wonderful thing about the fire was that most of her seeds were saved because they were stored in her chest type food freezer.

  4. LOVE these cards! I used to cross-stitch a lot, but then stopped. This makes me want to start back up again! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  5. Great tip with the vellum. For those of us with old, cling -ount layering stamps, it’s an indispensable aid to getting everything properly lined up. As for cross-stitch, oh yeah, back when I could hold a needle I did that and embroidery as well. My arthritis has put an end to that but, thanks to my MISTI, I can still stamp like a pro 🙂

  6. I have never tried cross stitch but have made a lot of items using crochet. Love the background dies.

  7. Hello Jennifer! Love this cross stitched stamp set! I have cross stitched most of my life. I was taught by my grandmother, and always think of her when I cross stitch or sew.
    Thank you for your videos! I have learned so much, and tell my friends to check them out !

  8. Hello Jennifer! Love this cross stitched stamp set! I have cross stitched most of my life. I was taught by my grandmother, and always think of her when I cross stitch or sew.
    Thank you for your videos! I have learned so much, and tell my friends to check them out !
    Darlene R

  9. Love your cards, the embossed backgrounds and the cross stitched flowers go great together. I have been doing all kinds of needle crafts for years. Cross stitch, embroidery and knitting to name a few.

  10. when I was a little girl I cross stitched ALL the time! However, I never actually completed any projects! I would get bored with one project and move on to the next!

  11. I have attempted cross stitching but it takes way to long to see results so I get bored with the project quickly. That is why I enjoy paper craft so much.

  12. Oh, Jennifer, I love, love, love these cross stitched cards you made……so beautiful. The background dies sure are beautiful, too! I love all your cards and techniques. What a wonderful teacher you are. Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. I love all things crafty but hardly get time to try anything. I haven’t tried to cross stitch yet but my grandmother taught me how to knit and I’ve always been in awe of the amazing talent people have in crocheting <3

  14. I do enjoy both cross stitch and embroidery. These cards are beautiful! I love that they code them for easy and perfect stamping!

  15. One of my first hobbies was cross stitch, my family always sent me kits for Christmas! I still have 2 or 3 that I am working on. Thanks for the great tutorial, they look amazing!

  16. Hi Jennifer, thanks for the great tutorial, the cards look amazing! Cross Stitch was one of my first hobbies! My family always got me kits for Christmas. I still have 2 or 3 that I am working on. I was having trouble posting this comment so if I post twice, I apologize 🙂

  17. before I became addicted to stamping, I was a cross stitcher. I spent 8 hrs a day sometimes, to make a detailed cross stitched piece. I also made dolls. But ever since I got addicted to stamping more than 18 years? ago, I stopped doing real cross stitching but love this “faux”!! cross stitch design by my fav. stamping! 🙂

  18. Long, long ago, I did cross stitching. So exciting that stamps can mimic the effect in way less time!

  19. I love these cards, Jennifer! Thanks so much for showing how to line up the stamps. They are so realistic! Have I done cross stitching or other crafts?! Oh, my! When I was homeschooling my children we did knitting, crocheting, leatherworking, rubber stamping, spinning, weaving, sewing and baking. Now I’m doing wood turning and loving it! I’ve demonstrated spinning at a historical village near our house in Florida (and now here in Tennessee near where we live) and I would always say that people that work with their hands never end up in the nuthouse. Lol! I guess we’re good! Thanks for helping me with my passion for cardmaking!

  20. These are sweet cards. I used to cross stitch ages ago. I even designed Christmas ornaments for my friend to cross stitch on plastic canvas.

  21. I have been following your YouTube channel for some time and cannot tell you how much I appreciate the information, endorsements, instructions and general ideas that you offer your followers! Your presentations are clear and well tapes. You have excellent ideas for all kinds of paper-crafting. I’m going to look into your on-line classes for more hands-on ideas and techniques. I have also purchased several of the products you have recommended with excellent success. Please enter me into your give-away, but whether my name comes up or not, know I’ll continue to follow you

  22. So sweet and SO much easier than REAL cross-stitch! Yes, I’ve done some, but not a lot… I prefer other crafts that take less time and get great results, too.

  23. I have always been addicted to fabric and the putting peaces together with my sewing machine. I have even attempted some embroidery with it. It was fun. I would really enjoy having a cross-stitch stamp. I am going to be checking them out.

  24. Love the Stitched Cacti Stamp..I never done cross stitch by hand, looks great, however; I did made some Tote bag which might have a bit cross stitch; as christmas gifts and also ear rings ….etc! I can ONLY sew straight line on my sewing machine. 🙂
    thanks for sharing!

  25. Beautiful cards! I used to do a lot of cross-stitching. My biggest projects were an angel (which I worked on in my mother’s hospital room) and one of Living History Farms in Des Moines. I have also cross-stitched Christmas ornaments for my family.

  26. LOVING your BEAUTIFUL Cards and the FUN Cross Stitched Stamps!! They work GREAT with the Lil’ Inker Designs Dies!! I have Cross Stitched, but it was a LONG time ago!! THANKS for haring and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  27. Your cards are beautiful! I cross-stitched years ago – will have to start again one day. Thank you for the chance to win!

  28. Those cards are so cute! They look so realistic and I love the dimension of the stamp layering. Just beautiful! I watched this video a few times :b

  29. I would love to win the die, I don’t own many (have only 1) so this would be wonderful. I used to cross stitch when I was in my 20’s and my Mum still has a huge oriental one framed on her wall. Would love to have the time to do it again!!

  30. I made two big crossstitch pictures for my oldest child and got them framed for the nursery but haven’t done any since then, 10 years ago now!

  31. Love, love, love these!!!! All beautifully done.
    I did counted cross stitch for many years. Haven’t since I had children.

  32. In my early crafting days I did embroidery for many, many years but then I switched to cross stitch when it became popular. When I first saw examples of these stamps I thought they were real cross stitch but I am glad they are layering stamps.

  33. Great tips and cute cards! I used to cross stitch, but I would usually get tired of the design before I ever finished it, and then I would start another and work on that until I got tired of it. I have a lit of unfinished cross stitch projects. Later, I started doing more of an embroidery type stitching. I like that a lot better because it moves along a lot faster than cross stitch and I don’t get tired of it. I’ve also tried my hand at painting wooden stuff (not my strong point), painting ceramics, making porcelain dolls, making jewelry, and my latest thing is quilting. I just love making things, and I’m not one to typically sit still unless I’m reading. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Cross stitch was my first real handmade gifts to family, I then went to crochet. I am now into making signs and just this winter got hooked on handmade cards. The possibilities are endless, who knew- I live in the woods of Montana so my teachers are found on YouTube, Jennifer I love that you share you bible journaling with us. I like your style and humor in your videos.

  35. LOVE THIS!!!! TY for the helpful hints. I use to crochet but now don’t have much time. I can’t remember the last time I even made a card. I do make sure to make time for your e-mails though. God Bless you and your BIG HEART!!!

  36. First time I did cross-stitch was in primary school at 8 years old. I was all left hand. Couldn’t make head or tai. Never enjoyed art. But loved making cards from high school using dried flowersl

  37. Hi! Jenny im new in crafty i just discovered myself that i like this hobby when i feel so bored and open a youtube video regarding planner set up and try it, but since i was young im fond doing crafty things. One day i try to keep on watching some people doing crafts and i found your channel and i like it …this is my favorite in you tube coz i always watch your helpful tips, Now i learned so much from your other video after watching it. Thank you it help alot especially in me it removed my stress and i feel so happy and stressful i loved it and i like watching everything about your video …. Hoping i can received something remembrance from you coz your my favorite and i always want to learn from you.

  38. I love all your cards, Jennifer! Thanks for the interesting techniques!
    I don’t cross stitch but I used to crochet, now I am sawing as a hobby.
    Some ideas from there I use in card-making.
    Looking forward to new creative cards!

  39. I started crafting very young when I visited my grandma and saw that she used plastic canvas to make little coasters, boxes, etc. I loved it and she and my Mom taught me how. I knit on a circle/rectangle loom now and donate the hats and scarfs to a church. I would love to learn how to crochet, actually knit, and cross stitch. I have too many craft hobbies and never enough time! I now concentrate on scrapbooking and card making. I love your video and colorful cards

  40. Hi jennifer.great cards. I love to play with cross stich they turn owesome after the thing are done. I am excited to try this out. I have made 2 cards using cross stich technique somewhere in card to make it out of the box. Hope i will win this giveaway?

  41. This brought back memories of so many cross stitch projects I did with my mom. What beautiful cards. Thanks, Jennifer.

  42. I love to cross-stitch and these cards and stamp sets reminded me of my first projects. I have now graduated to more difficult things like a panorama of Jerusalem and the Aaronic prayer from Numbers 6:24 in Hebrew and English. Thank you for an opportunity to win these items. Have a blessed day!!

  43. Hello Jennifer! This was a great card. I use to cross stitch and crochet when I was younger and enjoyed it at lot. I don’t do as much of it now, being a Mom to 3 very active preteens I just don’t have as much time. That is why I love the look and simplicity of these cards. Great way to have the cross stitched look, in a lot less time.

  44. So much useful info…thank you! I don’t cross stitch (I have too many hobbies) but I do hand embroidery and English Smocking.

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