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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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473 thoughts on “Heat Emboss Masking + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Love your tutorial videos. The cards turned out beautiful. Just bought some watercolour paper and looking forward to having a go at making some layered cards from what I have learned. Fingers crossed they turn out well as my water colours are pretty old. Look forward to your next video. 🤗

  2. I love masked cards but never have the patience or time to really do it right, so I end up avoiding them. This technique makes it so much easier to achieve that amazing look without all the fuss! Thank you so much for sharing. I always love your tips (as well as your gorgeous cards!) I only enjoy watercoloring with my distress inks and this doesn’t usually entail creating the picture, but simply coloring in. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Beautiful cards! I do like to watercolor occasionally. I’ve been becoming more interested in it since watching Kristina Werner’s videos!

  4. I love ALL your cards! Altenew has beautiful products and you put the WOW in them! God has given you such an awesome talent. You are my go to for inspiration!

  5. Beautiful cards! As usual, you inspire me to try your technique and design ideas with the Bountiful Branches and the bow in the Blessings set; they are on my must have list.

  6. Another brilliant technique. I learn so much from you and you’ve given me so much inspiration. I do love to watercolor, but my skills are a bit lacking. I’m working on getting better.

  7. These cards are absolutely stunning and such an inspiration. I love the tip on using heat embossing foe masking. I like to watercolor but haven’t done much of it yet. But the Altenew watercolors are on my wish list for Christmas 🙂

  8. I’m loving the Bountiful Branches set, and your cards made with it are got genus. And yes I do enjoy water coloring, though I am very new to it.

  9. I loved this video so much! Well, I learn and love from all your videos! I love a shop where anyone can buy something, very small or very expensive, and you provide suggestions and alternatives in your videos. I’ve ordered the Altenew bow stamp set and word sentiment stamp and will NOW be making my Christmas cards for 2018! Thank you, Jennifer!

  10. Your cards are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this technique…I love the idea of heat embossing as an alternate to masking. I do like watercoloring, but I’m just starting out so I need a lot more practice 🙂

  11. Your cards are amazing and I can’t wait to try these techniques. I am new to watercolor and still in the “practice” stage. I do love the look of watercolor and hope to build up my skill.

  12. Watercoloring intimidates me! I feel as if I have no control. I know that practice would help a lot, but I’m just not ready to try to tackle it yet. Though learning of these masking techniques (conveniently made easier with the layer stamps) do give a great place to start!

  13. I WISH !!!! I have wanted to learn watercoloring for soooo long, I have watched so many people do it and videos AND I even have the supplies BUT for some reason I AM SCARED to try, it looks so hard, I don’t know what my issue is, I wish I could get out of my house ( I can’t) so I could go to a ” live” class I think that just might be the push I need, I want to learn so bad, it is just so pretty, so beautiful. Sorry, that was a long answer, LOL.

  14. I love to watercolor, but I am not very good at it. I find I do best by using watercolor pencils (with water brushes) as opposed to pan and brush colors. Thank you for sharing your time and talent to teach. I have learned so much over the last few months watching your videos. Peace to you.

  15. After watching your video, I got so inspired that I bought the holiday bow stamp set. I can’t wait to play with it. I just recently started my card making hobby and you’re the first blogger I subscribed too. Your work is such a big inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  16. Wow Jennifer! Your cards today with the exception of the last set of flower remind me of the old timey Christmas cards 🙂 I think it must be the technique! They’re stunning! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. I love this technique that you showed. I tend to make a mess with paints on watercolor paper so I tend to stay away from watercoloring. I prefer to use distress ink or my Prismacolor pencils on my watercolor paper.

  18. I like to watercolor now that I have the Altenew watercolors. I saw you use them and how easy they were, so I had to have them!

  19. I’m still new to card making and haven’t tried water coloring yet. But you inspire me to do anything so I’ll have to give this a try.

  20. These are so gorgeous and I’m so enthralled with the newest Altenew release!!! You are the perfect designer that I love to learn from!!

  21. Water coloring is a challenge for me, but I’m slowly getting better. I love how you use lots of different colors so the sets can be used for different occasions. Thank you.

  22. Your cards are very beautiful… I fell in love with cardmaking from stumbling upon your videos in youtube… I even contacted you for some help on how to start since it’s a fairly new concept in my country… Your videos have been a huge help in learning various techniques of cardmaking, one of them being watercolour. I’m not quite there yet… But I am perfecting my craft day by day. Thank you for your huge help 🙂

  23. Your cards are beautiful!! The cards made with Bountiful Branches were my favorite. I do enjoy watercoloring! This definitely gives me a new technique to try. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  24. Yes, I do love to watercolor! I like the new Altenew watercolor set. I have added that to my “wish list”. I really enjoyed watching your video!

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