Thick Heat Embossing Tips

Hello! Today I share a simple tip for making your heat embossing look even more dimensional and smooth. It is easy!

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I have always loved the look of heat embossing. However, sometimes I wish the results were more smooth and dimensional. I remember teaching this trick in classes years ago, but it is even easier to do with the stamp positioners that are now available.

For my cards, I wanted to have the sentiments in focus. To make them stand out, I embossed four layers of Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder. This gives dimension and smoothness. The sentiment is from the new Essentials by Ellen Totally Random Sayings Stamp Set and the circle die cut is from the Lawn Fawn Dotted Circle Die Set.

I created heart accents by die cutting hearts from the Altenew Envelope Liner Die Set and covering them with a few layers of Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder. And they perfectly match the sentiment.

I made two cards with stamped backgrounds – one on Ranger Kraft Cardstock (darker… like a paper bag) and one on Neenah Desert Storm Light Kraft Cardstock (lighter). I used an image from the fun Essentials by Ellen Abstract Paint Strokes Stamp Set and stamped it repeatedly with various colors of Distress Oxide Ink. I then stamped right on top – but slightly offset – with Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink. Love this look!

By the way, there are thick embossing powders out there. However, with images such as these, you loose the detail with thick powder. Thus why I layer up detailed embossing powder layers instead.


Today I am participating in a blog hop celebrating the newest Essentials by Ellen release. It is a small-but-mighty release.  You can see the new products HERE.

I am the last stop on the hop, so be sure to start at the beginning at the Ellen Hutson 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 with asterisks. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.)

*Essentials by Ellen Totally Random…
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*Essentials by Ellen Abstract Paint…
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*Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals…
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*Altenew Envelope Liner Dies
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*Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Circle Dies
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*Lawn Fawn Large Dotted Circle Dies
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Distress Oxide Inks
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Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
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VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Anti Static Powder Bag
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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Neenah Class Crest 110lb Cardstock
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Neenah Desert Storm Light Kraft…
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Ranger Kraft Cardstock
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Be Creative Tape
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42 thoughts on “Thick Heat Embossing Tips”

  1. Hi Jennifer, thank you for all the tips. It was gorgeous to see how everything pops more with a vieuw layers of embossing powder. Hope you are all well again.

  2. Love the simple design. It looks like the kind of card where you can just enjoy doing the stamping and creating something. Love the effect of so many layers of embossing powder, very dimensional.

  3. You always show us the neatest stamped backgrounds. Thank you, too, for the heat embossing tips.
    Lovely cards.

  4. Thank u so much for these tips! I just started heat embossing and I wasn’t very happy with the results, now I know I can add multiple layers of the power 😀 Beautiful cards

  5. I hope posting this means you are feeling better! If not, I hope reading all the kind things your adoring fans say helps! It shouldn’t all work one way. Reading your posts and watching your videos, always makes me feel better! Truly. And I learn so much. I love the double stampin with the oxide inks and, of course, the thick embossing. Hopefully, I’ll feel well enouch myself to play more! Hugz!

  6. Lovely! Thanks for the tips. I’ve been heat embossing today and needed to see this! Your videos always seem to be so timely! 🙂

  7. Beautidul cards. Thanks for this video! I am trying to crank out cards for the caring very card drive. I think I will try the heat embossing tricks for my sentiments and then use some patterned paper for my background for quick cards! I just love the colors and pattern you did for the backgrounds! It reminds me of a headband my daughter has that we love. 🙂

  8. Hi Jennifer! So glad you are feeling better! Today’s cards and embossing tips are wonderful! Love your background and the quadruple heat embossed sentiments. That is such a cute stamp set! Thanks for sharing your very helpful tips!

  9. Love that gorgeous background & how you embossed it. The thick embossing technique looks really awesome
    Will be trying it soon.

  10. I hope you’re feeling better Jennifer but if not, take care of YOU!! These cards are beautiful and I love the offset look you’ve gotten with the Unicorn white (LOVE that ink!). It’s amazing the difference a second or third layer of embossing powder can make on a card; simply lovely. Thanks so much for sharing and I really hope you’re resting up before the holidays creep up on us!! ~HUGS~

  11. Very nice! I like how it looks before you mute it with the
    White. But it is all about options and whatever we are in the mood for.
    I love, love the repeat embossing. It really makes everything POP !

  12. Wow, this looks great. Love how the Oxide Inks come out.
    Will give the double embossing technique definitively a try!
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Aren’t oxide inks the bomb?? Gorgeous on kraft – love the variance in result when stamped on light / dark kraft. As for the doubling up of ink and embossing powder – this is brilliant and somehow, I keep forgetting about it!! Thanks for the reminder – just added onto my DON’T FORGET TO DO technique list! Thank you always.

  14. I desperately needed this technique today as one of my greetings was getting lost in the watercolor piece. This was a perfect solution! This is a tirck I will use often I think. So helpful always! Thanks!

  15. I love the layered heat embossing – looks beautifully metallic and definitely a lot smoother. I haven’t done the pigment stamping in a while either – thank you for the reminder Jennifer. Two super cards using products from a fab release! Thank you, as always for your video, Lisa x

  16. Thanks for all the tips, Jennifer. I’m not usually happy when I do layers of embossing on sentiments, but maybe I’m not letting it cool between layers. Your cards are beautiful & I’m going to try it again.

  17. I love to emboss! When they first told us we were going to emboss a card in the 80’s I think at a card class I took I had no idea what that was at all. The card looked so complicated but it really wasn’t once you knew what to do. I was so amazed at how embossing worked. When my 23 year old niece was little I let her watch me emboss. I didn’t let her use the gun because it gets to hot but she was amazed when she saw what happened to the powder.
    I love your cards! They are so colorful and I love that stamp. Thanks for showing us what you did.

  18. Love the backgrounds you created on these cards!! And thank you for the heat emboßing tips. I just got the Tim Holtz stamp positioned not long ago and actually did some multi-layered heat embossing the other day as I’ve seen you and several others do this and I LOVE the look it gives so thought I’d give it a try. So simple!!

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