Layers of color, embossing powder and paste

This card just happened. You know those wonderful moments when you get into a flow. In retrospect it’s actually really hard to explain the process. But I will try.

Type of project: Card
Occasion: Christmas
Style: Mixed media
Techniques used: Heat embossing
Decoration: Sequins
Main color: Green
Media used: Embossing powder, distress ink, 3D gloss gel, glitter cardstock
Equipment used: Clear stamps and dies from Hanglar&Wings and Altenew


It all started with the Christmas tree from. I had cut it out using a piece of white cardstock to mask out heat embossed text on another card. As usual I thought it was a pity to go to waste. So I completed stamping leaves and branches on the tree using distress ink letting the silver embossed text shine through. 

Can you see that there are two sets of stars in the background? As a first layer I embossed a background stamp using a lovely rubber stamp from Hero Arts. How I love those prints from big stamps in red rubber!

Then I ink blended over the embossed area using green and brown Distress ink. I splashed some water on it using my hand so I get these larger light stains. So cool effect!

Now I put the tree and the background together. But I wouldn’t stop there. Time for another layer of stars using a glossy paste through a starry stencil. Isn’t that an amazing layer. 

Before I added text cut out  in gold glittered cardstock, I sprinkled some chunky white and gold enamel embossing powder melting it from beneath, to make it look like snow. I finished it off with a couple of sequins.


Making this card made me so happy!! I hope you’ll find some inspiration from it!