Partial Heat Embossing + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shares a simple partial heat embossing technique that allows you to get a new look from your background stamps. I am also part of a blog hop with giveaways.

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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I am a big fan of background stamps. I prefer to use them to make my own papers instead of buying patterned papers. And today’s technique gives me another way to use them!

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This first card features the new Simon Says Stamp Flora Stamp. I stamped it on Slate Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and sprinkled on clear embossing powder. I used a dry brush to knock the powder off around the outside… just leaving the power on a part of the pattern towards the center. After heat setting, I am left with a new look!

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolors are GORGEOUS. I used them to paint in the heat embossed portion of the image and to also add shine to the white Simon Says Stamp Friends Die die cut. The “so happy you’re my” is from the new Simon Says Stamp Mom and Dad Icons Stamp Set. The Studio Katia Crystal Clear Sequins seem to pick up all of the pearly colors so nicely!

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Also – check out the matching envelopes! They are Simon Says Stamp Metallic Cotton Candy Envelopes and really match well with the pearl painting. I white heat embossed the mailing label on the front with the new Simon Says Stamp Sending Flowers Stamp Set.

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next example is similar to the last but I used the new Simon Says Stamp Star Flower Stamp instead. These backgrounds are such fun!

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my third card, I used a light grey Fog Cardstock. Since Versamark doesn’t show up on light cardstocks, I first stamped the Simon Says Stamp Cora Stamp with Smoke Ink. I then stamped on top with Versamark ink and added white powder. Before heat setting, I removed the powder from the outside area of the pattern.

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolors work really well on dark AND light cardstocks. I have found other pearl watercolors are best only on dark… so these are my new must-haves. So pretty!

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My final card shows the Simon Says Stamp Flower Medallion Stamp on kraft cardstock. The sentiment is also from the new Simon Says Stamp Mom and Dad Icons Stamp Set… and the Simon Says Stamp Family and Friends Die.

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you can give this technique a try! Partial heat embossing is a fun. Look at that shine…

Partial Heat Embossing Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Today’s post is also part of a fun blog hop celebrating Simon Say Stamp’s new “Mothers Fathers Florals” product release. You can see the whole release HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of my favorite person Kristina Werner. You can always start at the beginning of the hop over at the SSS blog.


How would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp? I have one for a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 4/9/17 telling me if you also like using background stamps. (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 posted on the SSS blog.)


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. Thank 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 paid for or sponsored.)

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907 thoughts on “Partial Heat Embossing + Giveaway”

  1. I have just recently got into the background stamping and I LOVE it! These ones you showed are beautiful!

  2. Thanks to SSS for this newest release and the giveaway!! I absolutely love playing with background stamps, and this technique is not something that I would have thought of, but is so fun!!

  3. I don’t really know how to use background stamps so I only have one. This partial embossing is a great idea though.

  4. Hi Jennifer, beautiful cards, the partial embossing is gorgeous as it really does highlight the gorgeous images. LOVE those pearl watercolours too :). Yes, big fan of background stamps – they are so useful and can great great impact on a card. Thank you as always for the fantastic video and for the ideas on how to use these gorgeous new stamps. Lisa x

  5. Beautiful cards, just amazing work. I like to use background stamps on cards and scrapbook pages

  6. Wow! Wow! Wow!! I just love what you have done with the background stamps! What a beautiful set of cards!

  7. I particularly like the effect of the paints on the darker cardstock. I have a few background stamps but I’m not using them as much as I should.

  8. I love using background stamps and partially coloring or watercoloring parts of the design – these new stamps are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creations and techniques!

  9. I just love that partial embossing background. What a beautiful card. I love using background stamps and dies actually, they are fun and add more to crafting!

  10. I don’t have a big repertoire of background stamps, but those I do are certainly well loved. When I don’t have a stamp, I reach for stencils. Slowly building up my collection of both! Thank you again for sharing your talents with us!

  11. I do have a few background stamps, but I found myself not using it often. It’s hard to use for me even with the wonderful MISTI. Always have problems ink it up very even and well, and even impression when stamping it.

  12. Haven’t used many lately but these new ones from SSS are fantastic, but always out of stock. How do you come up with all these new ideas. Love the cards

  13. Just wow! I love love love the bright opaque look of the zig on these dark grey cardstock. So beautiful always inspired with what you have to share. You have made this release look real good 🙂

  14. Love the partial heat embossed image and those pearlized paints too. The stamps for the envelopes look like something I need too.

  15. I always love watching your videos. You do such an amazing job of explaining your techniques which by the way are always amazing as well.

  16. I’d love to use some background stamps once I own some! Your cards are so beautiful! Always learn new techniques from watching your videos. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Yes! I *love* using background stamps!!! So many techniques you can use them for like stamp kissing and it’s like a never ending supply of patterned paper. I love this new technique! Will have to look at my stash with a new set of eyes for patterns to isolate!!! Love it 🙂 I especially love the sharp contrast of the embossing powder vs just the versamark or pale ink!!!

  18. These are just amazing! Love the technique and will have to see about trying it soon. I do love to use background stamps, but don’t have a lot of them. I’ll have to dig around and see what I have that I can use for this technique, I just love it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  19. Background stamps are very versatile. Using with watercolors, like the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolors, or other medium you can get many different looks. The “SSS Sending Flowers Stamps” are a great way to add more to envelopes which are ignored often.

  20. I only have one background stamp, and I have had trouble getting a good impression. I need to try it in my stamp positioner like you showed in the video. Maybe I’ll have better luck! I do love background stamps though. 🙂

  21. I don’t really have any background stamps, but after watching your video I sure would like to try. Love these cards.

  22. I only have about 4 background stamps. I usually have to use multiple small images if I am building my own paper. Would love a floral mendala style background.

  23. What a great video, Jennifer! These background stamps are beautiful. I do really like background stamps, but I only have one. I agree that they are a great way of making your own designer paper. Thanks for sharing this wonderful technique with us and for being part of another great and fun hop and giveaway.

  24. Hello! You always make nice cards, but these are really fantastic!
    I have never had large background stamps , but I’d like to try one. I usually mount several small stamps on the same acrylic block in order to create larger backgrounds.

  25. Beauty! Really like background stamps and the colours are amazing. I will definitely put those background stamps to more use with this technique!

  26. You’re one of the most talented cardmakers out there. I love your cards, your techniques and your tuts. Every card you make makes me smile, and I’m in awe of your talent.

  27. Love the look of these. Useful for any occasion and colors make all the difference. Thanks for sharing.

  28. You’ve done it again, coming up with fresh new ideas. Love your work and your videos really inspire me. Just wish SSS sold here in England.

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