Technique Tuesday-Embossed Impressions

Welcome to the first in my Metallics series following our December Technique Blog Hop.  Today I want to share a bit more about the embossed impressions technique.  I saw this video by Jennifer McGuire and just had to try it.  I really love the look, but I think the end results depend a lot on the die you use; the more detail the better.

This is the card I shared in the hop.  I used the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder to create it on a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Pacific Point card stock.  I used the companion stamp set, Embellished Ornaments for the greeting, also embossed in silver. 

Thinking of You wm 1

 I brushed all the raised areas of the ornament with Clear Wink of Stella. I also spritzed the surface with Shimmer Spritz. Here’s a closer look at that:


I wanted to place this panel on a mat of silver, but I didn’t want to waste silver foil paper for a 1/16″ border, so I cut a piece of scrap card stock to 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ and stamped the perimeter with VersaMark ink and embossed it in silver.  No one will ever know it’s just scrap paper below the focal image.  No one except you, that is, and I know you won’t tell 😉


I created the sentiment for the inside, trying to match it to the fonts in the greeting stamp.  I printed it in a gray to match the silver on the front and sponged the edges with ColorBox Silver Metallic Ink.  For a finishing touch I included the outline of the die, which I scanned into the computer and color matched it to the Pacific Point card stock. 

Thinking of You wm 3

I thought the silver embossing against the blue was a striking combination, so I want to try it again with two other dies from the same set.  I’ll share it if I ever get that far on my, “to-do” list.

I also wanted to try it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so I decided to use the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits on Real Red card stock with a greeting from the companion Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set.  Although the did exactly the same thing as with the cards above, I didn’t get as deep an impression.  As I result, I decided to reverse the area I brushed by applying it to the larger background area, this time with Gold Wink of Stella.

It's in the Air wm 2

For the sentiment, I borrowed the lyrics from a John Paul Young song, “Love is in the Air”.  I bet most of you haven’t heard of him or what to what song I’m referring.  You can click here for a flashback to 1978.  I’m going to send this card to a friend of mine who has a new love in her life…I thought she might make use of it come Valentine’s Day.

With each of these embossed impressions, I found my card stock creased slightly when I ran it through the Big Shot.  The strange thing was each panel creased in a different location.  I’m not sure why it happened, so I’m not sure how to prevent it.  I just wanted to make you aware. 

Hello everyone!  It’s Katy…for a change!  I wanted to share some exciting news…it’s sure exciting to me.  I got a special card from my friend Daisy Mae.  Not only did I get a card, BUT I also got some yummy treats.  I could sniff them right through the envelope!  Kim took a picture of them and then gave me one of those treats…only one!!  She’s so difficult.  Anyway, here’s what I got.  Isn’t it wonderful?


4 Responses to “Technique Tuesday-Embossed Impressions”

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  1. nclights7 says:

    I love your cards! The card for Katy is cute as well. Merry Christmas Kim and Katy!

  2. Lynn McAuley says:

    How gorgeous! I love the results you got with this wonderful technique! And what a fun surprise for Katy! I bet Daisy Mae got a triple wag!

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