Hello! Today technique is about combining heat embossing and die cutting to create unique backgrounds. This is a great way to stretch your supplies!
In my video I share three examples of combining heat embossing with die cutting. I chose to make entire backgrounds with the technique but you can do just elements for a card if you prefer.
Let’s start with the most difficult version of the technique first. 🙂 I started by covering a 4.25×5.5″ piece of white cardstock with Be Creative Tape. I then ran it through my die cut machine with the new-and-fabulous Altenew Striped Leaf Die (ALT | SSS). The die cuts through the release paper of the adhesive but not all the way through the cardstock background. I removed the release paper from a few of the leaves and added Altenew Golden Peach Embossing Powder and heat set. Then I revealed the adhesive behind a few more leaves and added Altenew Antique Silver Embossing Powder… and again for the Gold Embossing Powder. Finally, I removed the remaining negative piece of release paper and added white powder. After apply heat to the whole thing I am left with lots of texture and metallic shine.
Embossing powder (like glitter!) can get messy. I recommend using Coffee Filters and Swiffer Dusting Cloths to keep things tidy. I also heat set on a Cutting Board so that I don’t warp my work surface or burn my fingers!
After trimming my embossed background down a bit, I added it to the top left corner of a white notecard.
I am crazy-in-love with how the sentiment turned out on this one! I stacked several white “hello” die cuts from the Altenew Envelope Liner Die Set (ALT | SSS). On the top, I adhered a die cut covered with three layers of Altenew Antique Gold Embossing Powder. This gives such smooth dimension! The stacking of die cuts and embossing of layers makes a HUGE difference. I added a “sweet friend” sentiment strip from the Altenew Sweet Friend Stamp Set.
Oh, and those metallic dots? I took some old enamel accents and covered them with Altenew Antique Silver Embossing Powder. They turned out great.
My background on my next example is also covered completely with embossing powder. I again started with white cardstock and covered it with Be Creative Tape. I die cut the piece with Altenew Doodled Lace Die (ALT | SSS)… which only cuts the release paper. I removed the negative piece of release paper and added Altenew Antique Silver Embossing Powder and heat set. Then I removed the remaining release paper pieces and added Altenew Golden Peach Embossing Powder. After heat setting it all, I am left with a metallic, textured background!
I stacked four white “thanks” die cuts from the Altenew Script Words 2 Die Set (ALT | SSS) and covered it with three layers of Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder. So smooth! I also added a sentiment strip created with the Altenew Crafty Friends Stamp Set.
That Altenew Golden Peach Embossing Powder is so gorgeous.
This last example features a much-faster-to-create background. For this one I used the Altenew Doodled Lace Die (ALT | SSS) to cut into an adhesive-covered-cardstock piece. I also cut a white cardstock piece from the same die. I removed the largest “outline” release paper piece first… and added the white die cut on top. After removing the remaining piece of release paper, I added Altenew Golden Peach Embossing Powder and heat set. This give a background that is part heat embossed and part cardstock.
I die cut another background from the Altenew Doodled Lace Die (ALT | SSS) and white cardstock and cut from it a flower to add as an accent. I also added a doubled-up vellum strip. These elements serve as a backdrop for the sentiment so it stands out a bit. I stacked several white “hugs” Altenew Script Words die cuts and added several layers of Altenew Antique Silver Embossing Powder. I also heat embossed “sweet friend” from the Altenew Sweet Friend Stamp Set… and gold embossed enamel dots.
Keep in mind that you can do these things with smaller dies and/or colorful embossing powders.
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