Faux Acrylic Pour With Embossing Powder

Hi! Lately I have been seeing a lot of artists doing a technique called “acrylic pour.” The results are gorgeous and I have wanted to try it. Since I don’t have the supplies, I thought I would try to get a similar look using my cardmaking goodies! I am hoping you like it, too.

[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 may be used at no cost to you.]

This is a technique you can do with basic supplies. For each piece, I created a “base” by gluing four Hero Arts Circle or Heart Infinity die cuts together. I then added a layer of VersaMark Ink (HA | SSS) and Hero Arts White Embossing Powder (HA | SSS). After adding heat – and while the piece was still hot – I added more powder. I did a total of five layers of white embossing.

Next I pressed various color of Hero Arts Dye Ink (HA | SSS) onto the cooled piece. I applied more heat, causing the color to soften and the white powder to come to the surface. I love this look!

The white “bubbles” and mixing of color reminds me of acrylic pour.

The “hugs” and other word dies cuts are from the new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March Kit. Aren’t they beautiful?

For all of the backgrounds, I used the new Hero Arts Bold Graphic Confetti Die (HA | SSS).

Each of my examples are a bit different, but show the fun looks that you can get with this simple technique.

If you are looking for more bold colors, you can try adding colored embossing powders. However, I stuck with white for these examples.

To add a bit of “movement,” I dragged a toothpick around in the hot embossing powder. This one is my favorite.

I mostly used green and blue inks because they are my favorites, but you can do this with any colors.

For more bold color, you can do two rounds of colored ink…

This next example is a bit different. I inked this one five times. You can see that when I used this much ink, the white started turning light pink.

And finally… I have an examples showing you can do this technique and any die cut shape. This sentiment is also from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March Kit.


This post is part of a blog hop showcasing the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March Kit. This kit has a large stamp set, many AWESOME dies, and more! The kit value is $70… but only costs $34.99! You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. And they sell out fast! The stamps and dies are not sold separately. (Remember that Hero Arts does now have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

HERE is the kit. All this is valued at $70, but costs under $35…

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. Worth checking out! You can find them all HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my favorite cardmakers – Yana Smakula. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.)


Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs in the hop by 11:59pmEST on 3/11/18. (To leave a comment, head to my blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be shared on the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts will reimburse the winner if they already bought the kit.)


Want to find the products I used? 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 for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Additional Products
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Bold Graphic Confetti Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Text Me Stamp Set
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Hearts Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ GNK | SSS ]
Hero Arts Dye Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS | ELH | THR ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Cutting Board
Tim Holtz Tonic Mat
[ SSS ]
EK Success Tweezers
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS ]

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288 thoughts on “Faux Acrylic Pour With Embossing Powder”

  1. Wow what a beautiful idea. I’d love to try this soon. Thanks Jennifer. All the best Warm regards Sharon

  2. This is a great technique! Every time I see your posts you have something new to me. Sure wish I had your talent for creativity. You are definately blessed! Thanks for another great learning experience. These are beautiful!

  3. I really like your white on white cards using the Hero Arts Bold Graphic Confetti Die. In the past I have done a similar technique with colored and ultra thick embossing powders. Using 4 glued stacks for the bases is a good idea, as some chip boards are difficult to die cut to a shape you want to use.

  4. I began acrylic pouring last September and it is so addicting! Now I want to try your embossing technique to see
    if I can create some gorgeous elements like yours. Thanks so much for this video.

  5. Oooh I love the look you created! I have to read that in more detail! Those cards are really nice looking and especially with the large die cut greetings.

  6. Love this technique Jennifer! thanks for sharing your great ideas, I think would should call you the stamping chemist lol. You have such great ways of using the properties of inks, embossing powders etc to their fullest.

  7. Gorgeous results and I love being able to mimic the acrylic pour art with our paper craft supplies! I want to play to see how vibrant this comes out with colored embossing powders!!! Finally a good use for some of those cheaper, lower quality embossing powders in like 25 colors I got when I first started crafting 🙂 Yay!!!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this technique – you always amaze me with all the different way we can stretch our products to get new looks. This release looks really cool, too.

  9. These cards are so beautiful and I’m pretty obsessed with the acrylic pours so I’m super excited to try this out! Thank you for showing us a new technique and for the chance to win the Hero Arts kit!

  10. This is such a fabulous kit, especially for a beginner. So many versatile stamps and dies are included. Always enjoy your experiments and the resulting cards.

  11. OK, I have tried this with 3 different brands of dye ink. It just puddles up on the surface. VERY light color. Nothing vivid like you get. I’ve tried adding more and more and it just doesn’t react the way yours does. Any suggestions?

  12. Such a great technique! Thanks for sharing and this kit looks like it’s a must-have for a beginner, like me.

  13. Really nice technique and cards. I love the HA kit this month. So many items sure to become go to’s

  14. You ROCK!!! This is so much fun, I’ve been melting all day. This is also the perfect use for my huge jar of shame! (I bought a really big jar of marked down embossing powder, I didn’t notice that it was chunky white powder. So I ran it through an old food processor and ended up with uncontrollable dust, but it works like a dream for this.) I like to do acrylic pouring and your technique is just as fun but not even close to the mess. As always, thank you for working so hard and for all your inspiration! You are one in a million!

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