Glittered Heat Embossing + GIVEAWAY

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.

Simon Says Stamp also carries all of the new Hero Arts products – you can find them 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.

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686 thoughts on “Glittered Heat Embossing + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I haven’t started making my holiday cards yet for this year, but I think it’s just about time to start! Last year I waited too long, and ended up having to do a lot of it at the last minute.

  2. Man oh man – I need to get a move on and start my holiday cards! I’ve been busy cutting my cardstock and getting my supplies together, but so far haven’t started on the actual cards yet…

  3. I’m getting my Christmas things out this weekend to start making cards! Yay! I’m new to your blog and it’s awesome! So helpful! Thank you!!

  4. I’ve been making Christmas cards to give to my friends and family and for my favourite scrapbooking store, Scrapbookers Anonymous in Winnipeg, which gives cards to personal care homes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Great cards! Love the little penguin. Thanks for the tips, best tip is the “snow”on the top of your embost white snowbanks, I never done that or even think about it. I certainly give that a try when I make my holiday cards and no, I am not started yet. Hope I have soon the time to start.

  6. Yes, I have started making my holiday cards, but, I keep sending them out on card swaps! 🙁 I need to remember to make an extra one for my stash!

  7. Christmas cards are gorgeous and I love the sparkles of glitter on them. I have to get busy and start making Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Happens to be I am attracted to shiny objects, so that is why I love this. Keep up the glitttery work!!!

  9. I came across the most wonderful Christmas card idea last holiday season and was determined to have them made by summer’s end, but of course that didn’t happen. Oh but I adore the Hero Arts Layering Holly Stamp set! Maybe it’s a good thing I haven’t started on my cards yet!

  10. Hello Everyone! I’m getting ideas for making my Christmas cards. So many ideas, but I love the Hero Arts Color Layering Holly Bundle. Jennifer’s idea with the double embossing and glitter is so pretty.

  11. I have not started making Christmas cards yet. I’ve been so consumed with getting one kid off to her freshmen year of college and another into middle school. I’m just finally trying to catch up on all the new releases from various companies. I just love Hero Arts. Can’t wait to see the rest of their release.

  12. Absolutely love the card capturing a night sky and learned a lot from your description of how you achieved it. Thanks so much for being so detailed yet concise . Am new to your site but love the fact you actually show the products below that are used

  13. Lovely cards! I’m looking forward to trying the glitter/embossing technique myself, maybe on those Christmas cards which I can’t believe I’m meant to be starting already!

  14. So far i’ve made a grand total of one Christmas card. Seeing yours has given me inspiration and motivation. They look wonderful.

  15. I started thinking about Christmas cards about two weeks ago. I belong to a stamping club here in Maryland and we have a card exchange every year at our annual Christmas dinner. I look for beauty and simplicity when I am thinking about constructing 35 to 40 cards–not always an easy task! I like this holly card but might substitute Merry Christmas for the “blessings”. I also really like the heat embossing/die cutting techniques so a cross between the two might be fun!

  16. I have not started making holiday cards, but am definitely feeling inspired by all of the fabulous projects on this hop! I’ve pinned a bunch of cards for inspiration and added lots of stuff to my wishlist. Your penguin card is a favorite! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I started making my holiday cards about 2 weeks ago. This is the season I love making cards for the most. The ideas are endless. I have watched all of your videos and have many things I want to try. Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. I have NOT started cards yet – yikes! I’d better get on it. Your cards are lovely. Could that penguin possibly be any cuter?!

  18. I have not started making Christmas cards. I don’t believe I’ll find the time this year. We are building a new house. But I love to see all the new products and ideas, and hopefully I’ll be able to create tons of Christmas cards next year in my new craft room. Thanks for the great ideas, Jennifer!

  19. With my wedding coming along in November I am sooooo behind on making Christmas cards… I will likely use the Stamping platform technique to bail me out of this one!!!

  20. I have not started my Christmas cards yet. I am hoping to begin after Labor Day. The penguin is really cute. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  21. I have not started my holiday cards yet. I’m a professional procrastinator, lol. Love the cards you have shared with us, Jennifer, I love penguins, and the second one is gorgeous! The blessings sentiment with the WOW glittered embossing powder is a must have. Thanks for sharing!

  22. I have not started on holiday cards, but I should get a move on so some stamps would help (lol). I’m in love with the penguin card.

  23. I have started making Christmas cards in my head. Always looking for new creative ideas. Love all these products.

  24. I don’t usually like glitter but what you did with these beautiful holly leaves and berries is spectacular – live them?

  25. It’s a struggle for me to make holiday cards but I would love to give it a shot this year! Maybe I’ll start in November. 🙂

  26. I haven’t started making my Christmas cards yet. I have purchased my paper for them but haven’t planned out the design yet.

  27. I’m almost ready to start my Christmas cards, just have a couple of birthday cards left for this year and I will be of and running with the Christmas cards. I Love the Christmas Season.

  28. I have not started on making Christmas cards yet. I think I will focus on Halloween treats first since I have a Kindergartner just like you. What another fun technique. I used Wow! White Puff Powder before on my snow banks. It created texture in a matte finish. I will try adding glitter to this the next time I use it.

  29. I have completed about 60 cards/card fronts and I am still going. I love making holiday cards! All of these fun new products are on my shopping list!

  30. It’s been on my mind, but I haven’t started yet. I need to get a jump on it. I have family that requests handmade cards every year.

  31. Love these card ideas and stamp/die sets. Thanks for the inspiration and a delightful break during the day. OH…thanks Hero Arts!

  32. I haven’t started my holiday cards yet because I start them every year on my girls retreat in Early November. That gives me something to do since I am usually caught up on my scrapbook pages.

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