Embossing on Cards
Embossing on cards is a fun and easy way to create an elegant card! Check out this beautiful card using the Wildflower Meadow stamp set as a background to the popped up flowers from Flower Shop and Petite Petals stamp sets:
I posted this card on my Keenan Kreations Facebook Page last night and asked if it needed White Organza Ribbon or Pearls. The almost unanimous response was Pearls! So I added the tiniest ones to the hummingbird and smallest flowers and the medium and large ones to the rest of the flowers. Which one do you prefer?
Here are the supplies for this elegant embossed card:
- Stamps: Wildflower Meadow, Flower Shop, Petite Petals (each of these stamps also have a bundle option, the first with an embossing folder and the other two with punches)
- Ink: Versamark
- Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
- Accessories: Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Pearls, Dimensionals
Embossing is an easy way to give your card a quick “wow” but there are some tips to help:
- ALWAYS use the Embossing Buddy first! I use it on my fingertips (to remove the oil that can transfer to your cardstock and act like a magnet for tiny powders) and also rub it across the cardstock to help the embossing powders not stick where you don’t want them
- Stamp your image with Versamark. All of our embossing pads get a little gross over time but if you’re using colored embossing powder, it’s OK if the ink isn’t perfectly clear. If you’re using Clear Embossing Powder, that’s a different story and you’ll want to use a Versamark pad that’s fairly clean.
- Add the embossing powder to the stamped image (I like to “dip” my cardstock into a container that holds the powder)
- Tap off any excess powder and check for any stray flecks. If you use the Embossing Buddy, this should be minimal to none but a tiny paintbrush will remove any stubborn ones.
- Heat set with the Heat Tool. I like to lay my cardstock on a paper plate and hold the edge of the plate, not the cardstock. If you hold the Heat Tool straight up and down, the heated air will blow directly on top of the cardstock and keep it on the plate.
- Don’t wiggle the Heat Tool when you’re embossing! I like to hold it steady, wait for the Heat Tool to warm up and when the powder starts to melt, go slowly from one side of the cardstock to the other. You’re less likely to miss any spots this way
- Don’t overheat or underheat. This usually happens if the lighting is poor. If you’re near a window, face the natural light and slightly tilt the cardstock till you can see the powder really well.
- Unplug the Heat Tool when you’re finished. I’ve heard stories of dogs or cats knocking it off a counter, the switch being hit and turning it on.
Also, there’s a tip for getting the Pansy Punch to line up easily with the Flower Shop stamps at http://www.keenankreations.com/2013/07/how-to-line-up-pansy-punch-with-flower.html.
Have a great day today and leave me a comment below to let me know if you enjoy embossing on cards too