I have bunch of embossing powders that I have
hoarded collected over the years. For this week’s midweek media, I decided to use some as a way to color cardstock. Before sharing my cards, some reminders that I wanted to share after making them include adding a couple layers of embossing powder. The additional layers add a smoother layer, and also can help cover any spots that didn’t quite get embossed. And while I didn’t do this on either of these two cards, don’t forget that you can use more than one embossing powder on the same area. I have had two different gold powders on a frame that melded together to make a great look!
Card #1 – Using colored embossing powder
This first card features some green sparkly embossing powder that I used to color the die cut sentiment as well as the edges of the matte (bottom) layer of cardstock. I had decided to use a previously watercolor smooshed piece of paper as the top layer of this card.
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To create the card, I used a stitched rectangular die to die cut the watercolor panel and then used a second sentiment die cut that cuts out the sentiment and a surrounding circular area. I used some clear embossing ink on the sentiment after moving the other die cut pieces of watercolor away and heat embossed the sentiment. Next, I then ink blended the panel outside of the die cut circular area to highlight the sentiment and central circular area. Then, I heat embossed the matte layer along the edges with more of the same sparkly green embossing powder. I then replaced all of the die cut elements as I glued the top panel over the sparkly green matte layer. Some sequins were added to the card before gluing it onto an A2-sized white card base.
Card #2 – Using metallic embossing powder
My favorite embossing powder (other than a great clear or clear with sparkle) are metallics! I think they really add a classy element to my cards. Currently, I am really into copper as my metallic color of choice. This second card features copper embossing powder and was created in a very similar way as the first, with a few small exceptions. I decided to use a piece of scrap watercolor that had some blue ink blending on it that I sprayed with yellow and blue metallic spray to move some of the ink around. After everything dried, I used some black and blue ink to add some very stamped images (the row of numbers, the birds, and some text) over the panel. This time I decided not to highlight the circle with additional ink blending, but I did ink blend around the very edge of the top panel with more of the same blue ink. To finish the card, I glued some blue, green and yellow sequins.
I hope these cards inspire you to dig through your colored embossing powders to make a few projects. We would love to see them.
Anna York is from Oregon, US. She has been writing for TPC since 2023. Anna started paper crafting in 2008, had a break while her kids were small and started cardmaking again in 2019. Anna mostly makes cards. Her paper projects are often made in sparkly, whimsical style and she loves colors.