Hello. Today’s cards features a glittered heat embossing technique that is a simple way to add texture and sparkle to your cards. I also am part of a blog hop for one of my favorite companies!
[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]
For my first card, I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Baby Penguin Stamp Set (HA | SSS | EH). To get soft grey coloring, I used second generation stamping with Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink. Worked great!
For the background, I applied Distress Oxide Inks (SSS | EH) using my Mini Ink Blending Tool on to a piece of white cardstock. I like that Distress Oxide Inks are so easy to blend, but you could use regular Distress Inks to achieve a similar look. I sprayed the piece with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz (SSS | EH) to give it the look of a night sky. So pretty! And I used the Hero Arts Oval Infinity Dies (SSS | HA) to cut out the background and emboss a frame on a Carta Bella Light Silver ShimmerCardstock notecard with a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat. The Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent Jewels are perfect for stars!
I created a couple of snow banks out of white cardstock and cut them using the same oval die. Now it’s time to add some shine! I applied Versamark ink to the snowbanks and covered them with white heat embossing powder. After heat setting, I applied another layer of embossing powder and heat set that. This ensures that the entire piece is completely covered and gives a smooth finish. I used the heat gun to apply heat to the top of the snowbanks to reactivate/reheat the embossing. While it was hot, I sprinkled on some Nuvo Snow Glow Sparkle Dust. This traps the glitter in the embossing and gives a beautiful finishing touch of texture and sparkle. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Wonderful Stamp And Cuts (HA | SSS | EH).
For my second card I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Holly Stamp Set (HA | SSS | EH). This is such a unique set! After the images were stamped, I went back and stamped the first layer of each image with VersaMark ink and clear heat embossed it. I repeated this step to get a smooth, dimensional look. Just like the first card, I applied heat to reactivate/reheat the embossing powder and sprinkled on some Nuvo Snow Glow Sparkle Dust to the tips of the leaves… and applied more heat to trap the glitter in the embossing powder. This gives great texture and sparkle!
For the background, I taped together a few of the dies from the Hero Arts 12 Point Stars Infinity Die Set (HA | SSS | EH) and dry embossed it with a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat. This creates a great focal point for the holly to be adhered. I finished off the card by adding a sentiment from a Hero Arts Blessings Stamp And Cuts (HA | SSS | EH). (I heat embossed the blessings word die using WOW Gold Glitter Embossing Powder. What a WOW look!) I finished off the card by adding some Tonic Strawberry Coulis Nuvo Jewel Drops to the berries and adding a bit more Nuvo Snow Glow Sparkle Dust on top.
I hope you give this technique a try. It really adds a lot to your embossing.
This post is also a part of the Hero Arts Winter Catalog Blog Hop! This release is fabulous and contains a variety of styles. You can see all of the Hero Arts winter products at HERE.
By the way, I don’t work for Hero Arts. I did for many years (and that was many years ago) and still love them verrry dearly. I still work with them, but not for them. 🙂
The next stop on the hop is from the blog of one of my favorite people in the whole world – Cathy Zielske. She is uber talented and a new card maker! You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.
How would you like to win FIVE new Hero Arts Stamps?? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/30/17 telling me if you have started making holiday cards. (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!)
Also, Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. This also ends at the same time but the winners will be announced on The Hero Arts 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 from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT paid or sponsored. And I do not work for any of these companies.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Hero Arts (HA), etc.