Stamping, Embossing, Paper Piecing, Shading, Highlighting & More! {Cardmaking Tutorial}

Howdy friends! This project is really fun because you get to play and experiment and when you are done you end up with a bunch of cards!


I love using embossing powder, it not only can make a stamped image shiny and raised but it can also create lots of fun textured backgrounds. I’m using a couple of the new Steth Apter/Emerald Creek embossing powders. Below are swatches of each color so you can see what they look like heated up (Thanks to Sheth Apter for providing us with the swatches!)

As you can see they give some textured, antiqued and grungy results perfect for backgrounds and surface treatments. If you want that die cut cereal box to look like decades old metal these will do it! I will share some tips for working with these powders and also show you how to add shading and highlighting to simple stamped shapes to make them pop and hopefully have you using up some scraps while we are at it. I don’t know about you but my scrap bin is getting out of control!

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Project pointers!

  1. Mixing embossing powders in a background is fun but take care not to contaminate your powders. I like to use the main color first and return the excess color to that jar and then sprinkle on the secondary color. You can use the back-end of  paintbrush or a craft stick to take out a tiny amount so there won’t be any contaminated excess to put back in the second jar. Embossing powder goes a long way, it is better to discard excess that has been mixed than to contaminate the whole pot OR you can keep mixed powders in a separate container for future use.
  2. Any media is fine for shading and highlighting but if you use distress crayons keep in mind they dry fast and smudge them as soon as you apply color or it won’t smudge.
  3. Bumpy paper needs strong adhesive. Anytime you are dealing with warped of bumpy paper you need stronger adhesive because you have fewer contact points (in the case of pressure embossed paper) so you can either use more adhesive (as I did with my ATC tape) to make sure there is contact in more areas or use a thicker adhesive (like I did with hot glue for my stamped pieces) to marry the substrates. Hot glue is aces for warped watercolor backgrounds too! Really tho, what is hot glue not good for?

I hope you give some of these techniques a try in your next project and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Frame Embossing Templates {video!}

Happy Friday friends! Boy, have I got a fun project for you to try this weekend! Making Your own embossing frames! These are cardboard frames you can cut and use with your embossing folders so you only emboss a section of your card and leave the rest flat for stamping like I did on this card:

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Check out this video to see how it is done!

Here are some more examples:

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I’m going to keep it short and sweet today, I made up a couple more batches of earrings yesterday and I need to package them up then load up the van with my craft fair stuff. I am feeling the panic I always do before a show “Did I make enough stuff? Will anyone buy it?!?”  But in the end I know I will be fine, even if I sell nothing I’m only out the $15 for the table and I will have lots of new inventory for next time. Wish me luck! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: How to Emboss Without a Machine!

Day 2, broken coffee maker. Nuff said. I did manage to hot-wire a cup by pouring boiling water over grinds in a filter again and it is nice to know that during a zombie apocalypse I will still be able to make a decent cup of coffee, because hey, without the caffeine my brain wouldn’t even be fit for a zombie. I am a regular pioneer woman! Speaking of making do without a machine I am going to show you how to emboss paper without a die-cutting or embossing machine. It will be a good skill to have when the zombie apocalypse happens…or if you just don’t want to shell out the money for another expensive craft gadget. Here is a card I made with paper I embossed by hand:


So by now the 90% of you who have die-cutting machine are thinking “see you later, I’ll just use my machine thanks!” But wait, if you are embossing old-school you can emboss paper larger that what will fit in your machine, like, um, say a scrapbook page. Grab a cup of coffee (If you are lucky enough to have one) and check out my video tutorial…if I seem mellow today…it would be due to lack of caffeine 🙂

Easy huh? If you have any questions leave a comment and I will answer them. I’m off to fix my coffeemaker, apparently the ‘leaving it alone and hope it straightens itself out’ method  is not working. Til next time happy crafting!