Heat Embossed Die Cutting

Hello! Today technique is about combining heat embossing and die cutting to create unique backgrounds. This is a great way to stretch your supplies!

Heat Embossed Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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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.

Heat Embossed Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Let’s start with the most difficult version of the technique first. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

Heat Embossed Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Heat Embossed Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Heat Embossed Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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!

Heat Embossed Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Heat Embossed Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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”ย 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.

Heat Embossed Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Keep in mind that you can do these things with smaller dies and/or colorful embossing powders.


Today I am part of the Altenew Blog Hop celebrating their August release! I used many of their products today, but you can see all the new goodies HERE.

By the way, I do not work for Altenew. Just adore their products and people. ๐Ÿ™‚

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Vicky Papaioannou! You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Blog.


How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/31/17 telling me your favorite coloring medium. (The winnerโ€™s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my โ€œWinners pageโ€ after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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429 thoughts on “Heat Embossed Die Cutting”

  1. Beautiful cards Jennifer. My favourite colouring medium is Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I have only had them a short while and they are great!

  2. I don’t really have a favorite coloring medium yet. I’m just a beginner but love the Altenew products.

  3. Thank you for sharing this technique, Jennifer. I never really know what to do with my embossing powders. My favourite colouring medium right now is the Distress Oxide inks.

  4. These are beautiful! I just got some Zig Clean Colors and while I haven’t had time to play with them a lot, I think they will be a big favorite!

  5. I love to use my mini Distress Ink pads for stamping, smooshing and as watercolors. Beautiful cards and thank you for the kindness, love and creative energy you share. Hugs to you.

  6. My favorite coloring medium (for now) is definitely watercolors. Thank you for sharing so many inspiring cards and beautiful techniques!

  7. My favorite way to color is with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers – I got a few copics a few years ago but never really got into them. But the watercolor markers I love!! Thanks so much for sharing this technique – those are some gorgeous cards and definitely something I’m going to have to try!

    Although I’m not sure if I missed something on the last one… why did you bother cutting into the adhesive at all? Seems like it would have done the same if you hadn’t cut it, removed the release paper, and just stuck the die cut piece over top and continued on with the embossing…?

  8. Thaks for introducing me to the box die set. I also want to give some cards to friends this Christmas and the box die would work beautifully., so that would have to be my favorite. But how can one really choose a favorite . they are all precious.

  9. My favorite way to color currently is watercoloring – any watercoloring. I use any product that is within reach: Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Zig Art & Graphic Twin Markers, Faber Castell Albrect Durer pencils, Tombow markers, Distress markers, Distress reinkers, Finetec, Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Daniel Smith, even Perfect Pearls! Now I want to go and watercolor. After I get myself some cookies.

  10. What fabulous cards – I love this technique and am definitely going to try it! My favorite coloring medium is anything distress – regular or oxide! I do use the real brush markers but not as often as distress inks! I love your blog and all that you share!

  11. Gorgeous cards! I love everything you do and I am constantly learning. My favorite coloring medium at the moment is the Zig brush watercolor markers. I love how quick and easy they are and the colors are beautiful.

  12. Amazing designs as always Jennifer! I love watercoloring as I feel is more forgiving ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for all you share! Have a wonderful day!

  13. Amazing cards I sometimes forget how embossing adds to cards. I am loving colored pencils at this time but I am working on my watercoloring. Flowers are my favorite subjects to color. Thanks for being so generous sharing all your talent. God bless.

  14. I am currently obsessed with distressed oxide inks. Love how smooth they are and how easy to blend. Ranger cannot release all the colors fast enough for me.
    Absolutely love all the cards. Thanks!

  15. I love these cards! I have never done an all-over project with embossing powders. This technique gives such a rich, inlaid look. Altenew embossing powders are must haves! Many thanks to Jennifer for her instructive video.

  16. I really like to play with Embossing Powders right now. I’m not sure I’m good at it yet, but I do enjoy it!

  17. Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I love the leaf background and those 3 colors work so beautifully together. Lately my favorite coloring medium is watercolor, although I’m not great at it; still, I love the way it looks.

  18. Wow!! A couple ways I have never thought to use embossing powder! As always, great ways to stretch supplies! Thanks!

  19. Gorgeous cards! I wonder if one could even leave out the step of die cutting and weeding the sticky paper for the last card and just cover one entire piece of sticky with the die cut cardstock – that should end up looking the same? I might have to try this. Thank you for always inspiring me with your cool technique ideas! When coloring I most often reach for a brush and use some ink – I’m not too sure of myself when coloring and I feel safer that way then when using markers. However thanks to your videos I have added quite a few more options for coloring to my craft supplies! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Wow! Great samples and tips, once again! I would say I am partial to watercoloring from my ink pads. It’s quick and easy!

  21. This is a gorgeous technique! I will have to re-watch the video when I decide to recreate a similar card. Such a beautiful technique and it’s perfectly paired with elegant Altenew stamps!

  22. I loved the techniques you used on both the Striped Leaf and Doddled Lace cards So much that I ordered both of them and the embossing powders before Altenew ran out ๐Ÿ˜

  23. LOVE all your cards & thanks for all your tips! I favor almost any kind of watercoloring medium, but I do tend to use Copic markers quite often.

  24. I think my favorite way to color is with alcohol markers. They just look so nice, smooth and even it seems no matter what I do… I have Spectrum Noir mostly, just 1 or 2 copics, and what’s left of my Stampin’ Up! ones.

  25. My favorite coloring medium is watercolor followed by Altenew alcohol markers. Your cards are stunning, especially the leaf card.

  26. I probably use my Copic markers the most for coloring in stamped images, but for backgrounds I like to use the Distress Inks.

  27. These cards are gorgeous and I love that peach embossing powder. I think my favorite coloring medium right now has to be Copics. I’ve finally figured out the blending tricks so I am really enjoying them!

  28. My favorite coloring medium at the moment is the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Oxide. I have the first set and saving up for the second set. Thanks for a very awesome tutorial. I can’t wait to try this technique!

  29. OMG!!! I so so love these cards, and the time that you put in them wow! I play with so many different mediums I don’t think I have a favorite, all though I am just now starting to collect the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks, they are pretty amazing, I also enjoy coloring I’ve been learning how to blend colors like a pro….with different colored pencils, loving the prisma color.

  30. The most recently embossed cards Jenny created utilizing the Altenew Embossing Powders are where I find my niche to be at this moment, as a new carmaker. Therefore, my favorite coloring mediums are the richly colored Altenew Embossing Powders. The ability to create beautifully diverse high-end glossy, matte, smooth, and textured cards with the few colors used tells me there are some glorious cards yet to come.

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