Heat Embossed Holiday Cards - DIY
Now that Thanksgiving is over we can start with Christmas stuff! I love making and sending holiday cards. For me it signals the start of the holiday season, since we send ours out shortly after Thanksgiving. Ever since I watched a demo at Papersource six years ago I've been hooked on heat embossing. So, its my preferred method of making cards.
The basic method involves stamps, embossing powder, and a heat gun to melt the powder with. By choosing different color card stock and different combinations of stamps and powders I'm able to make different designs every year.
My preferred color palette is generally cream or white and gold with bits of red and/or silver thrown in. It's the scheme that all my Christmas ornaments follow. My sister, on the other hand, likes neon pink. Well anything neon, really. Or anything really colorful. It's actually a nice blend, now that we're sharing a tree. So, this year I decided to mix it up and make hot pink and white cards.
I chose two designs. For the first I wanted something fairly traditional in non-traditional colors, so I used a snowman and Merry Christmas stamp from this Cavallini & Co Christmas stamp set. I also made a few of the same design that say "Season's Greetings" so I can send them to my friends that celebrate other holidays.
For the second I created a string of christmas lights in white. I created the "string" using a VersaMarker Pen. Then I used a single light stamp to place the bulbs on the string.
Here's a basic tutorial for heat embossing. I've provided links below where I can. This post is not sponsored. These are just the tools that I use.
Xmas Tree Light stamp (no longer available)
Small Paintbrush (optional)
Small tray or blank piece of paper
1. Select stamps and identify placement on the blank card.
2. Press your first stamp onto the VersaMark stamp pad, to "ink up", and then place firmly onto the blank card. Press and hold. It's important to make sure you get enough ink on the stamp and then to make sure you apply enough pressure on the stamp to get a good transfer onto the card. The amount of pressure needed will vary depending on the stamp. The Cavallini stamps are very shallow so you may end up inking the edges of the stamp as well as the design, and transferring the lines of the edges to the card. Experiment to get the hang of it.
3. Place the card in the tray. (A small box will also work.) If you don't have a tray put a blank piece of paper under the card, to catch the excess powder. Sprinkle the embossing powder onto the card, covering the inked area completely. Once covered, shake off the excess.
4. Embossing powder is sticky and often clings to the card in places where there is no ink. If you have a small paintbrush, use it to brush away as much excess as you can while keeping the central stamp in tact. This bit is a little tricky. I never get all the powder off and often end up wiping the powder off the ink. If that happens, just sprinkle more embossing powder on the ink and shake off the excess again.
5. Turn on the heat gun and point it at the embossing powder. Hold it about 6" away from the card, careful not to burn your fingers, until the powder begins to melt. Move the gun over the powder until it is all melted. (You can use clothespin to hold the card to keep your fingers out of the way.)
6. Repeat steps 2-5 with any other stamps until you've completed your design.
I never get tired of watching embossing powder melt. It's like magic, every time.
I'm very pleased with the way my cards turned out and can't wait to send them. Have you ever done heat embossing before? Drop me a comment below to tell me what you preferred method for making cards is.