Embossed Impressions + GIVEAWAYS

Hi there! Today I am revisiting one of my favorite techniques… where I use a die to heat emboss and make an impression. I am also part of a fun blog hop!

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[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.]

I first introduced this technique a year ago (check out the video HERE)… but loved it so much I thought I would do it again. It works great with any wafer thin die!

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For each of my cards, I used Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Foliage Dies Cuts (SSS | EH | PPP) and Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper (SSS | EH). I first *lightly* inked the leaf dies with Versamark Ink and laid it onto my watercolor paper…. before running it through my die cut machine with a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat. This not only creates an impression in the cardstock, but also puts a bit of ink in the impressed lines. I heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder and end up with a leaf impression with thin gold lines. Swoon!

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Next I watercolored the leaves with various colors of Distress Ink and water. (See the thumbnails at the end of the post for the colors used.)

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For a few of the cards, I added a heat embossed banner image from the Pretty Pink Posh Angel Friends Stamp Set (SSS | EH | PPP) and a “lots of love” sentiment from the Pretty Pink Posh Everyday Greetings Stamp Set (SSS | EH | PPP). The thin Darice Foam Adhesive Strips are perfect for giving this piece dimension.

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

That banner sentiment image would be great on many cards with any small sentiment inside.

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also used a “get well soon” sentiment from the Pretty Pink Posh Rainy Days Stamp Set (SSS | EH | PPP) on a few of the cards.

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I did a few other card designs, also. This fantastic sentiment is from the Pretty Pink Posh Thoughtful Greetings Stamp Set (SSS | EH | PPP).  I could use this message often! I flicked water on and then added gold embossing powder. After heat setting, I have a fun gold splatter look.

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And another, using the Pretty Pink Posh Everyday Greetings Stamp Set (SSS | EH | PPP).

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

By the way, these cards a bit smaller – at 3.5″ x 5″. This size is called 4-bar, and I used the perfect size kraft envelopes to match.

I used the die and my Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat to make a matching impression on my envelope. I learned this trick from my friend Heather Ruwe – she is so creative!

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also make an impression with a die but skip the heat embossing. That is what I did here for my final example.

Embossed Impressions Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Today I am happy to be a part of the Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop celebrating their newest release. You can see the new release at Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson, or Pretty Pink Posh.

I am the last stop on the hop! However, be sure to start at the beginning of the hop at the PPP blog.


Pretty Pink Posh is giving away FOUR $25 gift certificates to lucky winners along the hop! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 9/19/17 telling me which of the new PPP is your favorite. You can see them HERE. (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!)


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 Pretty Pink Posh. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Pretty Pink Posh (PPP), etc.

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443 thoughts on “Embossed Impressions + GIVEAWAYS”

  1. I think my favorite item from this release is the Everyday Greetings stamp set. I’m totally in love with that unique font!

  2. I love the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Foliage Dies because you made them look so GREAT, Jennifer! I want to try that technique with them <3

  3. As always, your tutorials are amazing. I love new product releases and PPP ‘Everyday Greeting’ is terrific.
    ‘Stitched Leaves’ is stunning.

  4. These cards are all beautiful. I was surprised that you could use water for heat embossing. Very cool. I like Pretty Pink Posh Everyday Greetings the best. I’m always thrashing around trying to figure out what to say. Do you finish the insides of your cards? Could you please show them if/when you do?

  5. Jennifer, hello from Canada! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have found you as a resource! There is not one video that I have watched that I did not love! I am a technique learning junkie…you being the one sharing! I really love this idea about using Dies to ’emboss’. Then, using versamark on the die? Well, that just blew me away! I am going to try this asap. BTW, I love that trick with the Glad Press and Seal…how cool that your hubby invented it. I am totally addicted to watching you make all the gorgeous cards.

    The Pretty Pink Posh Angel Friends stamps are absolutely adorable. I love the fact that we can now get matching Dies for stamps! Thanks for all you do!

  6. I love the ‘Bold Blooms’ and the ‘Everyday Greetings’ stamp sets. These sets combined could be a ‘go to’ combination for so many occasions. PPP also are the ultimate sequin company, any of their packs are fabulous.

  7. I love the picket fence die cut from pretty pink posh. I love your fall cards. The faux stitching is a wonderful added detail!

  8. Of all the designer on the Pretty Pink Posh blog hop, I love your card designs the best. I love the Stitched Foliage die set your used and your use of fall colors and gold embossing. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Love the foliage die set! I love the fact that there is a pumpkin in that set! Thanks for a couple of tips. After 30 years of stamping, new technique isn’t come by often but you often find a new way and I enjoy it very much! Love the flickering the water for EP, and impression on the envelope! Def. will try everything on this video! I happen to have 2 sets of stitched foliage die sets from Lawn Fawn. Perfect for this technique, I believe! 🙂

  10. Beautiful cards as always. I did try the technique last Christmas and I am keen to try it again.
    My favorite are the new Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Foliage Dies, they are just gorgeous.

  11. Hey, I just love these fall leaves and the technique, you make things so beautiful and easy looking. The PPP christmas stamps are so cute. Yes, its getting that time to get the christmas cards started. Thank you for your help in showing what can be done with these stamps.

  12. Beautiful cards!! The stitched leaves are my favorite! Leaves are my downfall when it comes to collecting supplies, I have to have them all!!!

  13. I really like the Stitched Foliage dies the best, especially with the embossed technique to give the leaves extra depth. Beautiful card 🙂

  14. Jennifer,
    Love the gorgeous cards you made with the stitched foliage die set. You had some beautiful results and great techniques to try. I love that you can just use water splatters and embossing powder and get great looking sparkles on cards. There are so many cute stamp sets, it is hard to pick just one. I really like the trick or treat kids, the cute turkey day set, and the fall leaves set, but I think my favorite might be the reindeer friends set. I just love doing Christmas cards and that set would be fun to create with! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous cards and ideas.
    ~Gin K.~

  15. I always love the way you create new techniques using older techniques in a new way, Jennifer. The new Pretty Pink Posh sets look so fun. I love the reindeer and the Trick or Treat set plus the banner you used on several of the cards is really nice.

  16. How can you choose between these lovely stamps from lovely reindeers to foxes – I really like them and from little birds to camping which as a member of Girlguiding for nearly 40 years brings back lots of fun memories. A super set of stamps. Love the technique too – doesn’t look too difficult but that’s always the way when an expert shows how to do something.

  17. What a wonderful video, Jennifer! Those stitched leaves are beautiful, and I also like the Everyday Greetings set.
    Now I need to go back at look at the rest of the PPP hop.

  18. WOW!! What beautiful cards!!!
    There is so many of the new release of Pretty Pink “Posh that I really like that it really makes it hard to pick just one..
    Of course I love all of the new sequins and U love the Stitched Foliage Die Set, Reindeer Friends Stamp set, and the Stacked Edges 1

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