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Embossed Vellum and Paper Cherry Blossoms

Create a lovely, soft textured background for any card with embossed vellum and your favorite set of brush tipped markers.

Vellum, Embossing, Club Scrap, Cherry Blossoms

I was lucky enough to receive some papers from the vintage 2001 Sunken Treasure kit and have been hoarding saving them for just the right time. Among the papers were several sheets of vellum in green, teal, and a white print. Thanks to Loree Karan’s new Past and Present Challenge on the Club Scrap Forum I now have the perfect excuse to work with them.

#clubscrap #paperflowers #vellum #embossing

Steps to Create the Card

Dry emboss the Sunken Treasure green vellum with the Sizzix Texture Fades Floral folder.

Add color to the back (de-bossed side) of the panel with Aquarelle Brush set markers in Lt. Pink, Fuschia and Lt. Green.

Vellum, Embossing, Club Scrap, Embossing Folder, Sizzix

Flip the panel and adhere to a folded 5.5×8.5″ Sunken Treasure White card base.

Embossing, Vellum, Club Scrap, Sizzix, Embossing Folder, Aquarelle Markers

Embellish with punched flowers, sequins, and the beautiful satin ribbon included in the Cherry Blossoms fiber pack.

Cherry Blossoms, EK Success Punch, sequins, Paper Flowers, Club Scrap

To create the details on the flowers, add Aquarelle Fuschia fine tip lines radiating from the middle of each flower. Add black dots to the ends of the lines with a fine-tipped journaling pen. Attach the sequins to the centers with Bookbinding Glue dispensed from a Needle-tipped Applicator.

Stamp the Jumbo UM sentiment onto a Cherry Blossoms Pink panel with Permanent Jet Black Ink.  Add the single blossom image with a second generation stamping technique to create a muted look.

#clubscrap #paperflowers #vellum #embossing

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Cloisonné Technique

Combine gold embossing and Color Burst pigment powder to create the look of cloisonné.

Stamp the Delft Jumbo UM broken tile image onto mixed media paper with Versamark ink.

Cover the image with fine detail gold embossing powder.

Melt the powder with a heat tool.

Sprinkle a small amount of Ultramarine Blue Color Burst pigment powder onto a nonstick craft mat that has been spritzed with water.

Paint on the color into the broken tiles with a fine detail paint brush.

Concentrate darker colors into the more detailed areas of the image.

The embossed areas help hold the watercolor inside each “broken tile” section.

Create a card with papers and fibers from the Delft Deluxe kit. Note: the yellow print and sentiment were printed from Delft Digital kit artwork.

Do you have a favorite stamping technique inspired by another form of artwork? Share your thoughts in the comments below.




February Greetings to Go Guest Artist Cards

The February Greetings to Go Guest Artist is Debra Charlesworth from Houghton, Michigan. She shares her crafty artwork on her personal blog, Lift Bridge Cards and Crafts.

It was a lot of fun making the Greetings to Go cards this month. I used a lot of PanPastels when designing the cards. Eclipse tape is a favorite for masking, and I recently discovered Post-it Tape is very similar. Post-it Labels are great for masking stamped images, too.

All of the hand-colored images are done using my PrismaColor pencils. I’ve been using them since I was ten years old–they are my favorite colored pencil. DH Paul just bought me the enormous box for Christmas. Years ago, I discovered a blending technique using a “low-odor thinner/gamsol” and a paper stump on Two Peas in a Bucket (from Michelle, owner of Purple Onion Designs). Here is a Split Coast Stampers tutorial that is also very good: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/gamsol_magic/.
Although the result is a bit softer than that of copic markers (which I don’t own), I feel like you get similar results–AND the pencils are a heck of a lot more affordable and easier to store!


succulents HB

Stamp image with Watermark ink, color with metallic PanPastels. Add dots to punched border using a white pearl pen. I found the pearl pens at retreat a number of years ago when Michael Strong was a guest instructor. I have about half a dozen colors–I really like them for making dimensional dots on cards.

succulents thanks

Stamp pot and cactus image in Staz-on ink onto transparent tag, color with Sakura glaze pens. Add corner dots with copper pearl pen.

succulents thanks

Stamp succulent image onto wine with Parchment pigment ink. Blend Leaf and Lagoon hybrid inks direct to stamp on Ivory panel.

succulents grid

Mask off grid using Eclipse masking tape. Blend PanPastels to create background.


succulents aloe card

Emboss panels using weave-patterned embossing folder. Color stamped image with PrismaColor colored pencils, blend with low-odor thinner.

succulents congratulations

Use Leaf hybrid ink on various images to create background. Blend Leaf and Lagoon inks direct to stamp on Ivory panel. Stamp greeting with pigment ink, heat emboss with black EP.

succulents birthday

Blend Leaf and Lagoon hybrid inks direct to greeting stamp onto panel. Color pots using PrismaColor pencils, blend with low-odor thinner. Stamp succulent sprigs in Leaf, accent with colored pencil.

succulents birthday popup

Blend Moss and Topaz hybrid inks directly to greeting stamp, stamp onto panel. Apply Club Scrap Metallic Reinkers (green no longer available) directly onto the large succulent image, use a brayer to blend. Outline image using fine-tip black marker. DH Paul suggested the cute cactus pop-up image inside the card.


succulents colorful

The collage print on one of the Cutaparts inspired this background. Stamp assorted images in Carnation, Orchid, Leaf, Lagoon inks, using masks created from Post-it labels.

succulents thank you

Mask off strip using masking tape. Stamp variety of images in Watermark ink, add coordinating PanPastels and blend. Stamp sentiment in black ink, heat emboss with black EP. Use grid ruler, piercing tool and cork to create border accent.

succulents grow

Color stamped images using PrismaColors, blend with low-odor mineral spirits. Accent punched border with copper pearl pen.

succulents love cards

Place “love” and succulent medallion image on a single acrylic block, stamp with Carnation hybrid ink. Tip: Stamp “off” onto scrap paper first to get lighter image, then stamp at an angle to create background. Sentiment is Mahogany hybrid ink.

I hope you are inspired by my cards and the coloring techniques I used. Have fun giving them a try!


Color Me Happy Greetings to Go Guest Artist

The January Greetings to Go Guest Artist is Wendy Bellino, from Alexandria, Louisiana. Let’s take a look at her gorgeous Color Me Happy Greetings to Go cards.


Stamp green strip with floral cluster (Greeting UM) in CS Watermark ink, heat emboss with White EP. Add Metallic Dot Sticker to Cutapart sentiment. Draw stars with embossing pen and dust with Perfect Pearls. (A quilled dragonfly from my stash–made years ago– was perfect for this card!)

Score and fold according to Tricia’s instructions, with a slight alteration to hide the money/gift certificate pocket inside. Fussy cut the floral image from the Embellishment Cutaparts, add Metallic Dot Sticker. Stamp sentiment in White Pigment ink, heat emboss with clear EP. Stamp green strip with floral cluster (Greeting UM) in Watermark ink, heat emboss with clear EP for a tone on tone look. Embellish with more Metallic Dot Stickers and a sheer yellow ribbon closure.

I waited to make this one until I got my Deluxe kit, because I wanted to play with that Yupo Paper! Use coordinating shades of alcohol inks to make the background. Place the Dragonfly Masking Stencil onto panel and apply blending solution with a felt applicator. (The ink will move around to the edges of the stencil and leave an outline.) Fill the open areas with Stickles.

For the sentiment I tried a Tim Holtz “oldie but goodie” technique: Trim the sentiment from the center of the sun image stamp (Jumbo UM). Ink sentiment with Archival ink and stamp onto the alcohol-inked background. Buff the inked area with a soft cloth to remove ink and alcohol ink beneath, letting the plain white show through. Cool huh? Embellish with Metallic Dot Stickers.

Instead of scoring per the instructions, I scored this card to make a concertina fold. Fussy cut flowers from the 12×12 Deluxe White Flowers Print, and trim sentiment from Cutaparts. Adhere with foam squares. Embellish with Metallic Dots and Silver Butterfly Charm. Use scraps and fussy cut flower to create a belly band closure.

SET B: 4.5 x 6.25” YELLOW CARDS

Trim the floral background image from the Cutaparts. Stamp large dragonfly (Jumbo UM) onto White Plain using black ink, heat emboss with clear EP. Color with Derwent colored pencils, and blend using Gamsol and a paper stump. Add Stickles to the wings for sparkle and Glossy Accents to the body of the dragonfly for dimension. Adhere to the Cutapart background with Foam Adhesive. Embellish background with Stickles and Metallic Dots.

To make the frame: Create a text frame in Photoshop Elements (PSE) using the Beacon font, type on a path tool (“Dance with dragonflies”). Print onto Teal Plain.

Mask sentiment to stamp “Live, Laugh, Love” (Jumbo UM) in White Pigment ink, heat emboss with white EP. Embellish with Metallic Dots and ribbon from the kit. (Glitter confetti inside the shaker is from my stash.)

I used mostly leftover pieces of card stock and Cutaparts to make this card, using the January 2017 Card Sketch Challenge as inspiration. Embellish with Metallic Dots.

This “bendy card” is my “TA-DAAA!” card. Cut the front flap of blue card base and reassemble horizontally. Fussy cut images from 8.5×11 Deluxe Blue Print and adhere to the yellow card base. Inside sentiment: Stamp with black embossing ink, heat embosse with Stampendous Kaleidoscope transparent EP. Embellish with two small green dragonflies (from my stash), Metallic Dots and Silver Butterfly Charms.

SET C: 4.25 x 5.5” TENT CARDS

Stamp floral cluster (Greeting UM) with Watermark ink, heat emboss with white EP. Fussy cut sun image from Cutaparts, adhere with Foam Adhesive. Finish with Metallic Dots.

Score and fold the card base and panels according to directions. Stamp floral background (Jumbo UM) onto Teal Plain with Watermark ink, heat emboss with silver EP. Trim away “white” space with a craft knife, adhere to brown panel. Stamp sentiment and ink edges of panel with Watermark ink and heat emboss with silver EP. Embellish with the Metallic Dots and Silver Butterfly Charm.

This card was fun! I found a free mini calendar online and printed it onto copy paper. Trim out individual months, bind them with bronze brads, and adhere to a Brown panel. Trim artwork from Cutaparts and mount onto White Plain with Foam Adhesive.  Add ribbon. (Puffy sticker numbers from my stash.)

I used the Color Me Happy Digital kit to resize the small dragonfly image to fit the opening, and created a second “mirror” image. I cut the dragonfly from Teal Plain using my Silhouette Cameo. (A dragonfly punch or die would also work.)

Trim away the center of the sun Cutapart to create an opening for a dragonfly spinner. Stamp floral cluster image onto dragonflies with Watermark ink, heat emboss with white EP. Assemble the spinner. Add Stickles for sparkle. Adhere Cutapart sentiment with Foam Adhesive.

I hope you are inspired by my cards. I had a blast making them!

Wendy https://wendybellino.co/



Altered Raised Print

The 8.5×11 Teal print included in the Garden Shed Deluxe kit has a unique raised surface. The artwork is printed onto the paper in a clear ink and is immediately sprinkled with powder and then heated to create the beautiful texture. (Sound like a familiar process?)


With the help of a heat tool, you can re-activate the melted powder to add some customized color to the raised print.


Add copper embossing powder to coordinate with the fun Copper Plant Tags included in the Lite kit.


1. Working in a small area, heat the surface of the print until the raised text becomes dark.


2. Immediately sprinkle the heated area with copper embossing powder.


3. Tap off excess powder. The powder will stick to the raised surface.


4. Heat the powder until it melts and bonds with the original raised text.


5. Continue working around the outside edge of the print.


6. For this layout, you’ll need four pieces measuring 3-5/8×7-5/8, 7-5/8×8, 4×4-1/4 and 4×7-1/8″.  No need to alter the areas that will be covered by photos and embellishments.



7. Write journaling onto the Copper Plant Tags with a permanent marker.


8. Finish with a title trimmed from the Mint Cutaparts included in the Garden Shed Lite kit.


Get your heat tools ready for your next altering experience!




Emboss Resist Stencil Card

Combine the Office Space Quick Brown Fox Stencil with clear embossing and Color Burst powders to create a dynamic set of art panels on a card.

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Lay the stencil over a 4×5.25″ mixed media paper panel. Press a Versamark pad firmly into the stencil making sure the ink penetrates to the paper.


Remove the stencil and cover the panel with clear embossing powder.


Melt the powder with a heat tool.


Sprinkle Tangerine, Phthalo Green, and Lemon Yellow Color Burst powders over the embossed panel.


Spritz with water.


Allow the panel to dry completely.


Inspired by the July Card Sketch Challenge, assemble the card with papers and ribbon from the Office Space Deluxe kit.

By Annette Dragon and Roni Johnson


Cut the 4×5.25 art panel horizontally at 3.5 and 1.75″ and attach to card front.


Stamp the water cooler image and quote from the Office Space Greeting UM onto a panel and layer onto the embossed Color Burst panel.

Water Cooler stamped in Tangerine ink, first stamped off onto scrap paper, to achieve a faded look. Quote stamped in Onyx ink.

What are your favorite embossing techniques? Share your thoughts in the comments below.



Embossing Powder Techniques

Create unique and colorful images with Embossing powders and Boardwalk Jumbo and Art Nouveau stamps.


Selective Versamarker Embossing

Stamp image in Versamark ink and then heat emboss with navy blue powder.



Color in select areas of the image with a Versamarker and heat emboss with other blue powders.




Continue to add each individual color and heat emboss after each application.


Tips: Leave some areas untouched to create the illusion of highlights. Use the fine tip point of the Versamarker to fill in smaller stamped areas.


Freestyle Versamarker Embossing

Draw random wavy lines with the brush tip of the Versamarker.


Sprinkle on various colors of blue embossing powder.


Heat set to melt the powders.



Multi-Color Embossing

Bend the Boardwalk Art Nouveau dotted border while attaching it to an acrylic block to create a wave effect.


Add a random stamped pattern with Versamark ink.


Sprinkle shades of blue and green embossing powder into a funnel tray.


Slide the panel into the colors and gently shake them through the ink.



Heat emboss the powders to set.


Multi-Color Embossing

There are so many embossing techniques to try. Which one is your favorite?



Stained Glass Color Burst Cards

Create the look of stained glass windows using Jac’s Stamping Star UM sets and Color Burst pigment powders.


Stamp the images onto watercolor or mixed media specialty paper with Onyx ink.

Tip: Adhere stamp to work surface. Ink up the stamp and then apply the paper to the stamp and rub firmly to ensure full ink coverage.



Cover the stamped image with Black embossing powder and heat set.




Sprinkle Color Burst powders over embossed panel.


Spritz with water and allow to dry.


I love how the Color Burst settles into each tiny area of the embossed image.


Fussy cut the stained glass images and attach to cards.

Celebrate Blue 4.25×5.5″ card base, with Celebrate Gray Pattern Print and black panels. Sizzix Friendship word script thinlits die “hello”. Stamping Star UM Set 1
Plain white 4.25×5.5 base stamped with Moroccan Spice sentiment in Onyx ink. Stamping Star UM Set 2

Bonus card –

stained glass flowers

Created using the same technique, but with stamps from WOW Spring 2013 and Mirror Mirror 2008 sentiment stamp.

What other Club Scrap stamps would work with this technique? Leave me your ideas in the comments section below.



Frosty Color Burst Technique

Create a festive frosty background using Ultramarine Blue Color Burst combined with an emboss resist technique.

Frosty Color Burst Technique

Here’s how:

1. Stamp a 3.75×5″ white panel (watercolor paper or mixed media specialty papers work best) randomly with snowflake images from past Holiday UM sets.

2. Sprinkle with silver embossing powder and heat set to melt.



3. Swipe the Metallic Silver ink, using the direct-to-paper technique, lightly across the panel.


4. Sprinkle with silver embossing powder and heat set to melt.




5. Tap a small amount of Color Burst pigment powder onto the embossed panel.


6. Spritz lightly with water.


7. Allow to dry completely.


8. Create a 4.25 x 5.5″ card. Layer the frosty panel onto a 4 x 5.25″ Peacock Blue mat.


9. Stamp a small white panel with sentiment from Happy Holiday 2010 UM and the Silent Night 2010 UM small snowflake image Metallic Silver ink. Top with a stamped shrink plastic snowflake. Use the Glue Pen to attach a rhinestone (Woven Strands) to center.

Bonus: Shrink Plastic + Color Burst

Grab a sheet of shrink plastic (we received some a while back in a monthly kit as a goodie) and sprinkle with Color Burst. Spritz with homemade shimmer mist and allow to dry.



Cut using a snowflake die.


Use a heat tool to shrink the plastic. The end result is a fun little embellishment for your card.

Check out my Double Emboss Technique post for more Color Burst inspiration.








Double Emboss Technique

Create amazing depth of color and texture using embossing folders combined with heat set powders.  Then kick it up another notch with Color Burst!


Follow the steps below to achieve this look.

Add a raised pattern to a 4×5.25″ panel of watercolor paper inserted into an embossing folder and run through an embossing machine. (I use a Big Shot from Sizzix.)


Swipe the Metallic Gold ink pad over the raised surface of the paper.


Sprinkle with gold embossing powder and melt with a heat tool.


Allow the panel to cool and dust with Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Pthalo Green Color Burst pigment powders.

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Mist panel with water.


Allow to dry or set with heat tool.


Add panel to a 5.5×8.5″ Moroccan Spice Purple folded card base. Embellish with ribbons and a stamped sentiment.


Experiment with different embossing techniques using alternate ink and embossing powder colors.  Change up the Color Burst combinations for dramatic results!

Metallic Silver ink, Silver Embossing powder, and Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Red, and Ultramarine Blue Color Burst powders.
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Metallic Gold ink, Copper Foil Embossing powder with Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Red and Pthalo Green Color Burst powders.
Metallic Silver ink, Silver Embossing powder, paired with the Moroccan Spice Borders and Backgrounds UM medallion. Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Red, and Pthalo Green Color Burst powders.
Metallic Gold ink, Copper Foil Embossing powder paired with Moroccan Spice Borders and Backgrounds UM medallion. Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Red, and Pthalo Green Color Burst powders.

Bonus Technique – Stamped Folder Double Emboss 

Open the Embossing folder and stamp the Borders and Backgrounds UM medallion onto the back of the front cover.


Lay watercolor paper into folder and run through embossing machine. The stamped image will only be printed onto the de-bossed areas of the panel.


Proceed with the Double Emboss technique from above.




Warning: Playing with Color Burst is highly addictive.

Have you discovered any creative ways to use your Color Burst?  Share your ideas in the comments section below.