Heat Emboss Masking + GIVEAWAY

Hi! Masking is great for creating one-layer cards with the look of lots of layering. However, cutting masks can be time-consuming. So today I am showing how you can actually use heat embossing for masking!

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie 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 may be used at no cost to you.]

I share several examples of heat embossed masking today. These are pretty complicated/involved cards, but you can use the technique for just about any card!

My first three cards feature the Altenew Bountiful Branches Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). I stamped the many layers with Altenew Inks (SSS | ALT) on watercolor paper. I then stamped directly on top of these images with the most solid layer stamp using Versamark Ink and clear heat embossed. This “traps” the ink under the embossing. The masking will resist the watercolor I add on top… therefore acting as a mask.

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

You can see the gorgeous embossing on the branches… that resists the watercolor on top. I used Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set (SSS |ALT) and a sentiment from the Altenew Build a Flower Anemone Coronaria Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

I am blown away with how realistic those branches look!

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

I did the same techniques for my next card, but with red berries and sentiments from the Altenew For All Seasons Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

Because the stamping is trapped under the embossing, I can watercolor over it without fear of the stamping bleeding.

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

I think this orange berry example is my favorite. The sentiment is from the Altenew Halftone Circles Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

Although I did a soft wash of watercolor over the embossing, I could have done a darker color, and the embossing would still resist it.

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

My next two cards feature the packed-full-of-many-great-images Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). For this example, I started by stamping and heat embossing the poinsettia. I then stamped many branches and such over it – each time clear embossing. The embossing resists the additional layers. It looks like I used traditional masking, but I saved a lot of time!

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

Once I stamped and heat embossed all the layers, I stamped the Altenew Pattern Play Diamond Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) over the entire card. The sentiment is from the Altenew Blessings Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

My second card featuring the Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) focuses on the bow image. I also stamped a border from the Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

The sentiment is again from the lovely Altenew Blessings Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

My last three cards are my favorite. I want to create more like this! I started by stamping and coloring images from the Altenew Build a Flower Anemone Coronaria Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). I then colored them in Versamarker Pen and clear heat embossed.

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

For my yellow card, I stamped over the embossed images with the Altenew Pinstripe Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). The embossing resists the stamped ink. Swoon!

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

You can also do ink blending over the heat embossing. This is great for creating a soft halo effect.

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

Finally, my last card shows how you can stencil over heat embossing. I have been using this Altenew Feeling Dotty Stencil (SSS |ALT) a lot lately!

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

Heat Emboss Masking Video by Jennifer McGurie Ink

BLOG HOP

Today I am part of the Altenew September 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop. This release includes many classy holiday products! You can find them all HERE at Simon Says Stamp or HERE at Altenew.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of of my favorite gal – May Park. You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Blog.

GIVEAWAYS

How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/19/18 telling me if you enjoy to watercolor. (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!)

Also, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Head to the Altenew Blog.

SUPPLIES

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 with from Altenew or with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Altenew Bountiful Branches Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Build a Flower Anemone Coronaria
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Altenew Blessings Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew For All Seasons Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Halftone Circles Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Pattern Play Diamond Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Pinstripe Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Feeling Dotty Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
[ SSS ]
Altenew Ink
[ ALTN | SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS ]
VersaMarker Pen
[ SSS ]
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Water Wash Bottle
[ AMZUS ]


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474 thoughts on “Heat Emboss Masking + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Gorgeous cards… and a genius technique. I am learning to watercolor and am slowly collecting Daniel Smith colors. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Such beautiful cards and a really clever technique! I shall definitely give this a go 😍. I am partial to a little watercolouring 🙂 xx

  3. FABULOUS video Jennifer! I had just bought the Holiday Bow (Altenew) set and did not realize all the examples were inside and how to use them as a layering guide. Using the embossing on the top as a mask is so cool and I can’t wait to try this out now. Thank you so much for ALL your wonderful video’s…I learn so much from you and totally appreciate all the time and effort you put into them! Have a blessed day!! Hugs! :0)

  4. I do love to water color, but I still need lots of practice! Thanks for sharing this great time-saving technique and the beautiful cards you have created!

  5. I really enjoyed this video! How weird that I never thought of this technique before. You are the queen of card making :).
    I am slowly starting with watercolor as I do not own any watercolor paint. At the moment I am experiencing with Distress Oxide and I do love the results although the color selection is a little limited for my liking but I am sure once I am done purchasing all 4 sets I will be more than satisfied. You gotta love those Oxide Inks!!! They are so versatile and PRETTY!
    Keep those videos coming our way!

  6. Definitely enjoy watercoloring! Clears my mind and helps with my anxiety. I am new to this and love your tutorials thank you for sharing!

  7. Thanks, Jennifer! I think this is my favorite masking technique ever! And I love the shiny look. I’ll definitely be giving this technique a try.

  8. Thanbk you for every other wonderful post. The place else could anyone get that kind of information in sucfh a perfect
    way oof writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the
    look for such info.

  9. Hi Jenifer! I am just getting into card making and am trying to watch as many videos as possible.l love your website and really love your creativity. Watching you makes me all the more anxious to get started.Thank you for your videos and for sharing your techniques ! Thank you!

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