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. Thank you for sharing this technique- I love these cards and ordered the kit anyway because I’ve never won anything and didn’t want to miss out. Hoping I win this time so I can get the other things on my wish list!

  2. This is such a cool technique! I especially love the one where you dragged the toothpick through.

  3. Last year for Christmas gifts I did acrylic pouring on canvas for each family and had so much fun doing it. Did it with my grandkids also and that was a messy blast. I love your idea and can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Jennifer, love this technique, am experimenting with the acrylic pour too can’t wait to see what you do

  5. Hi, have never brought a kit before from anyone but this one looks so amazing I might have to check international postage costs and do it. Thanks Hero Arts x
    Your cards are a reap wow with these supplies, trust you to find a way to create some effect from supplies you already have, good going and they look brill.x

  6. WOW
    I cannot believe how you ALWAYS come up with new way to EXCITE and INSPIRE me Jennifer – THANK YOU for being such a generous soul!

    1. PS – I have tried adding multiple layers of heat embossing to sentiments before but for some reason they stayed, for want of a better word, “sticky” … I was wondering if it could be due to the quality (or lack of) of my embossing powder or maybe I didn’t heat it enough?
      I still look forward to giving you amazing technique a try real soon 🙂

  7. The embossed centerpiece looks like beautiful enamel. Your mind is amazing–you always think of something new. Thanks for thinking of this amazing technique.

  8. Wow, Jennifer, this is such a cool technique! I love every one of your fabulous cards & can’t wait to try this technique.

  9. Hi Jennifer!
    Glad you showed us how to use supplies we already have! I am going to give this a try but using some distress inks. If it doesn’t work, no harm done. lol. Thanks for sharing!

  10. It really is a gorgeous technique. Love how bright and artistic it looks. Can’t wait to try it!

  11. Your always have so many great techniques and I want to try them all ! Thanks for another great video and for sharing all your creativity with all of us!

  12. Love the look you have created with this technique. The word dies in the kit are beautiful and your cards are gorgeous.

  13. Oh goodness Jennifer… Love it!I have lots of versa ink and white powder. I am so going to try this soon.
    Thank you so much for sharing. My favorite is the one you said is your favorite, the green and blue marbled. Beautiful!
    XO April

  14. I tried this using distress inks and although it looked really neat I didn’t get the white bubbles you got and my ink just wipes off after its dry. I’m going to try a different ink and hope I get better results. Yours are beautiful

    1. I also tried using other inks and had the same issues as you did. Not sure what is different from Jennifer’s examples. Is it possibly the embossing powder? Would love to hear others thoughts on this.

  15. I’m really intrigued, Jennifer, as I LOVE your results. Another amazing suite of cards! As soon as I buy more Embossing Powder, I’m going to try this technique.

  16. I love this and the kit is amazing! I wish I could get this right now but……maybe I will be the lucky winner.
    Your cards are just beautiful as always!

  17. Love this technique. Can’t wait to try it and use up some of my embossing supplies. I sense an experiment coming on. I have bright embossing powder colours that I rarely use. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. I just love when you share fun new (to me) techniques using products that I already own! Can’t wait to try this one!

  19. Wow Jennifer, you are a huge craft inventor. I love it when you show and learned us new and existing techniques with a twist, with the supplies whe alreade have. You are so great, thanks!

  20. This is a very interesting technique. I did try it and mine — well, not a huge success but I probably need to try more than one! I tried some different kinds of inks and that was probably my downfall but I don’t yet have many Hero Arts colors which was your recommendation, and some other inks just didn’t show up. I’ll keep at it.

  21. This is very cool. I think I did something similar to this that gave a look of ceramic tile using utee, ultra-thick embossing powder. The problem was the tiles curled up. I think you solved the problem by using multiple layers. That’s another one I want to try again! Thank you!

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