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!
[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!
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!
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.)
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.
That banner sentiment image would be great on many cards with any small sentiment inside.
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.
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.
You can also make an impression with a die but skip the heat embossing. That is what I did here for my final example.
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.