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 am currently obsessed with penguins! I might have found my christmas card already and it’s only August. Loved these cards.

  2. Yes! I promised myself that I’d start early on cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive this year…and I did.

  3. WAIT, WHAT?!!!! Time to start thinking of Christmas already?!!!! Is it just me or does it feel like time is speeding up as we get older?!! Lol. So no, I have not started my Christmas cards yet but thanks for the inspiration Jennifer!

  4. I just started getting into paper crafting less than a month ago. Truly inspired by your videos and encourages me to do more creatively. I’ve been sketching out ideas for Christmas cards. Now the fun part begins by putting them together!

  5. I tell myself every year that I will NOT wait until the last minute to start working on my holiday cards. Does that work? Not so much! I am scrambling at the last minute every year to get them done!

  6. Love your penguin card with the matching envelope!! I need to get a start on holiday cards myself lol! Thanks for the amazing inspiration, as always Jennifer! 🙂

  7. I have not started to make holiday cards yet but you’ve totally inspired me to start thinking about it! I love your ideas and techniques! Love the holly card with the glitter!

  8. I didn’t know what I was going to do for my Christmas cards. After watching this video I am going to do the holly with the blessings sentiments. That card is beautiful.

  9. I love a lot of glitter and shine on my Christmas cards. What a neat way to add just enough without going overboard.

  10. I usually start my cards around August every year. I have about 80 to make each year and it takes me a bit of time, but I truly enjoy the task…my family, friends and co-workers love receiving them!

  11. Oh my! I’ve not even begun to think about Christmas cards; just starting to get motivated to do Halloween =).

  12. Hello, After watching this video with the penguin, it has inspired me to start as soon as possible. Love the techniques used. The card was absolutely adorable

  13. I have not started to make holiday cards yet! Hopefully soon, maybe with some new Hero Arts stamps!! Thanks for the wonderful cards and technique. Your tutorials are so easy to follow!

  14. HA! Yes, I actually started working on Christmas cards early last month. I’ve been mixing things up with 4-5 Christmas cards, 4-5 fall and/or Thanksgiving cards, and then 4-5 Halloween ones per day. I’m trying to make 20 a day., although some days I hit the number or more, and other days I flat out miss. I just last week received a few orders of all new stamps, ink and other items, which I picked mainly from watching your videos – and I LOVE everything!! Ah, and I’ve been buying Hero Arts stamps since the early 80’s! (I’m dating myself, LOL) Thank you Jennifer ever so much for all the creative ideas that you come up with and share here, along with all your helpful tips and tricks and more!

  15. Every week I look forward to your posts. I want to find a particularly encouraging card for my niece who is battling leukemia. She battled breast cancer just two yeas ago, and I am making cards as quickly as I can expand my imagination. I try to send her a card often so that she knows that I am thinking of her and praying for her. I like sending both spiritual cards and cards that are humorous but encouraging.

    I don’t want to create super complicated cards that require a lot of products. I already have enough products. Your cards are always in line with what I like to make, and I know that one of your card creations will touch me and subsequently lift up my niece’s spirits. Keep doing a fantastic job. I love your cards and your ability to teach us how to make them.

  16. I made a batch of 10 holiday cards yesterday! My inky green fingers were a giveaway… Thanks for a chance to win.

  17. Love the penguin card, so cute! You always make such nice cards. Thanks for sharing your techniques with us.

  18. Love the use of the Oxide Inks to make a neat wintery background and, of course, the penquin is the focus of the card.

  19. BEAUTIFUL cards!
    THANK YOU for sharing these techniques for adding extra sparkle, shine and texture!
    I confess … I started on our Christmas cards in February and been quietly making some each month … you never know, I might even get them all done and posted on early this year 🙂

  20. now would be a good time to start making Halloween cards and well as headstart on Xmas cards. I need some supplies and I always love using new stamps!

  21. Love these cards and all the techniques used. You really inspire me to use the products I have in different ways.. Thank you for that.
    I have been working on my Christmas card design for the last month. I’m kind of a putz and I don’t want to putz over my Christmas cards and that’s my challenge. I still want them to be a Wow! I love this holly card and I might do something like that. More stamping and less die cutting, to save time.
    Thanks for your videos. They are always so fun to watch.

  22. Hi Jennifer,
    After watching your video, it has certainly pot me in the spirit to make my Christmas/holiday cards.❤️ Loved them and the penguin cards with the soft gray generation staming technique. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us.

  23. Hi Jennifer,
    After watching your video, it has certainly pot me in the spirit to make my Christmas/holiday cards.❤️ Loved them and the penguin cards with the soft gray generation staming technique. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us.
    This is the first time I have made a comment however a post comes up saying it is a duplicate. This is the first Christmas 🎄 card question that I remember seeing and the same with the penguins, so I don’t know why that comes up. Happy happy day just the same 😊

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