Hello there! Today I am sharing 5 fun techniques for using heat embossing and die cutting together. You can do these with products you have… and is a great way to get new looks with lots of texture.
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There are many ways to combine die cutting and heat embossing. Today I am sharing my top 5…
(1.) DIPPED DIE CUTS
My first idea is to create faux paint dipped die cuts. This is a fun and easy way to add a bit of interest to simple die cuts.
This card features dies from the Spellbinders June Small Die of the Month Set. (More on that below.) I added Versamark Ink to the tips of my pool die cuts by pressing the corner of the pad down on them. I then added WOW Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder for lots of sparkle. This gives a fun paint dipped look! After layering with the other die cuts, I added the pieces to a notecard with an Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing Die (SSS, ALT) background. The silver strip? I created that by covering cardstock with WOW Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder. The perfect match.
For the sentiment, I used the Spellbinders Everyday Sentiment Plates (SSS | SB) and my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Machine (SSS | SB). (For more on how to use the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Machine, check out THIS video.)
(2.) ADD GLITTER
I like the look of glitter added to my project but am not a fan of when it rubs off easily. With this technique, it stays put!
After cutting lots of die cuts with the Spellbinders June Small Die of the Month Set, I covered them with a layer of Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing Powder. While the powder was still hot, I sprinkled a bit of Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter on top in the center. As the powder hardens, it holds the glitter in place. Once cool, I reheated it with my heat gun and this helps the glitter to stay even more. You can do this with any glitter!
Behind each glittered die cut, I added the other layered die cut from the Spellbinders June Small Die of the Month Set. The embossed die cuts are the same color of cardstock but look darker due to the embossing. The sentiment is from the The Stamp Market A Few Words Stamp Set (SSS | TSM).
Here you can see the bit of glitter added to the center of each layered piece.
I had a few left over glittered die cuts so I made a second card. I really like the simplicity of this! The sentiment was made with the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Machine (SSS | SB) and Spellbinders Everyday Sentiment Plates (SSS | SB). The background? That is from the Reverse Confetti Vertical Stripes Die (SSS | RC).
Another option for adding a bit of glitter to die cuts is to use glitter embossing powder. Here, I used die cuts from the Spellbinders June Small Die of the Month Set… but this time only embossed a little bit in the center with Judikins Sparkle Embossing Powder. This is a faster option than the last card.
The background was created with the Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing Die (SSS, ALT) (a new favorite of mine!) and the sentiment was created with the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Machine (SSS | SB) and Spellbinders Everyday Sentiment Plates (SSS | SB).
(3.) ENAMEL SHAPES
You can also easily create faux enamel shapes by covering die cuts with many layers of embossing powder. And… it is even more impressive when you use layered die cuts.
For this dimensional leaf, I started with a layered cardstock die cut that I created with the Memory Box Scribble Frond Outline and Scribble Frond Background Dies. I then pressed Versamark ink on top and added Ranger Fern Green Embossing Powder. Check out the dimension you get after repeating this process 5-6 times…
I did the same technique to add smooth dimension to a Trinity Stamps Hello Mini Die Cut with lots of Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I also stamped the white background with the Erin Lee Creative Indian Background Stamp and Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink… and used the Hero Arts Woodgrain Texture Die on Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock.
Here is another example of using many layers of embossing powder to give a die cut a new look and dimension. I used the WPlus9 Ironworks Die (SSS | WP9) and amazing WOW Midas Touch Embossing Powder for a textured metal look.
As a little bonus, I wanted to show that you can also layer embossing power on a stamped image. This helps to get smoother results and a bit more dimension. Isn’t that “hugs” so cute? This card features leftovers from my first card (Spellbinders June Small Die of the Month Set Die Cuts)… along with the Poppy Stamps Shaker Heart Dies, The Stamp Market A Few Words Stamp Set (SSS | TSM | EH) and Dies, and Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing Die (SSS, ALT).
Here you can see the smooth dimension on the “hugs”…
(4.) LAYERED EMBOSSING
Another way to layer embossing is with multiple powders for a layered look.
Using the negative space of the Memory Boy Scribble Frond Backgrounddie cut from above, I inked a leaf shape onto my Erin Lee Creative Indian stamped background with Versamark Ink and a Sponge Dauber. I then sprinkled on Ranger Fern Green Embossing Powder and heat set. I repeated this again to get a smoother look. After inking with Versamark Ink over the die cut one more time – but only towards the center – I added Wow Unicorn Magic Glitter Embossing Powder. I love this look!
I finished off the card with a The Stamp Market A Few Words sentiment, a few Studio Katia Gold Sparkle Crystals, and a notecard with faux stitching from the Lawn Fawn Just Stitching Double Rectangle Dies.
(5.) OVERHEAT EMBOSSING
You can also get interesting effect when you later embossing powder… and overheat it! This is something you normally don’t want to do, but it can give a unique look.
I covered The Stamp Market For You Die cuts with Ranger Brights Embossing Powder… doing 4 layers. After melting the fourth layer, I intentionally overheated the powder… which caused a fun white marbling to appear. This don’t happen with all powders, but most commonly with colored.
I hope you will try some of these ideas!
DIE OF THE MONTH
Today I used the Spellbinders Die of the Month set for June. This is a GREAT deal – the set is only $12.50… which include US shipping! They come out with a new set each month. So this is a limited time product! For more info, head HERE.
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