Creating LOTS of Dimension with Heat Embossing

by Jen Schow

Hey friends! It's Jen Schow here again to share a fun technique with you. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it looks super cool and here's your reminder to try it.

I love heat embossing. After all these years, it's still magical! Well, have you ever tried layering up your embossing? You can get a really smooth, very dimensional texture this way. I've seen cardmakers do it for years, but I've never tried it on my scrapbook layouts, so I decided to give it a go.

This technique works super great with fine line images and solid images alike. Both styles came together beautifully on this 8.5″ x 11″ layout. I used both Platinum and Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powders and I love the combined metals for a monochromatic look.

I started with the Precious Peony Stamp Set and stamped a few images using Altenew Embossing Ink and a stamp platform. A stamp platform is verrrrry helpful for this technique. Next, I heat embossed the images, let them cool, and then placed them back in my stamp platform and stamped on them again. I repeated the process 4 or 5 times and the results are so awesome!

This is a side-by-side photo of the image heat embossed once (on the left) and five times (on the right). The photo doesn't do it justice because in real life, it's so much more amazing!

The Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder is a nice complement to the Platinum, so I heat embossed a few solid leafy images from A Study in Watercolor Stamp Set to accent my floral images.

For my title, I decided to add several layers of heat embossing to the thin script “Hello” from the Handwritten Hello Die Set. Doesn't it look awesome? Then, I added the word “quiet” using my favorite Bold Alphabet Die Set + white paint + gold watercolor from the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set.

If you want to see how this came together, you can watch the process video below or watch it in HD over on the Altenew YouTube channel.

For my second project, I created a 6″ x 8″ page.  I used the same embossing technique to create polka dots using the Dot Art Stamp Set.

This time, I decided to emphasize the layered heat embossing even more by scattering in single layer heat embossed images as well. You can really see the difference in the photo above. The other great thing about heat embossing is that it acts as a resist. That made it super easy to add some blue watercolor on top.

I finished the layout by backing the Color Wheel Die with orange and aqua papers from the new Sea Shore and Summer Afternoon Gradient Cardstock Sets.

So, are you a fan of this heat embossing technique? I'm definitely trying it again very soon!


Precious Peony Stamp Set
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Handwritten Hello Die Set
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Color Wheel Die
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Gradient Cardstock Set – Summer…
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Bold Alphabet Die Set
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Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set
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Embossing Ink
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Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
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Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder
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A Study in Watercolor Stamp Set
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A Study in Watercolor Die Set
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Dot Art Stamp Set
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Gradient Cardstock Set – Sea Shore
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