Hello everyone! Welcome to another Tuesday Tutorial! Today I have a tag to share with you that is all about embossing powder.
The inspiration for this tag was all about wanting to make a tag to include a heart with some fabulous new embossing enamel and a compass die cut from a new Sizzix die set. I made up the rest as I went along… I think it turned out vivid and pretty, I hope you agree and find a few ideas that you can use too!
Ink a large background stamp (Hero Arts Leaf and Floral Background) with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
Lightly press a piece of scrap paper (I used newsprint) onto the stamp to remove some of the ink.
A light amount of ink will stay on the stamp. (Save that scrap paper for another project!)
Ink the stamp (over the remaining colored ink) with clear embossing ink. The reason I blotted the ink first and then added embossing ink rather than just use the Distress Ink as my embossing ink was because I wanted a really soft hint of color rather than a bold image. You could just add powder to the wet Distress Ink and skip the blotting. The end effect would be slightly different but still fabulous!
Place a manila tag onto the stamp. Rub your hand over the back of the tag to transfer the image onto the tag.
The stamped image will have soft color.
Cover the ink with clear embossing powder.
Heat the tag to melt the powder.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Salty Ocean Distress Ink to the right side of the tag.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Ink to the left side of the tag.
Mist water into your hand. Flick the water onto the tag allowing it to speckle and blend the ink. Blot the water with a dry cloth.
Blot any blue ink on the craft sheet with a piece of Crinkle Ribbon.
Dry the tag with the heat tool.
Scribble Vintage Photo Distress Stain onto a text stamp (Hero Arts Friends Definition).
Place the tag face down on the text stamp.
Use a dry cloth to wipe any stain off of the embossed areas. Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Mist the top right and bottom left corners of the tag with Turquoise Perfect Pearls Mist.
Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth. Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Place the tag on an iron safe surface. Cover the tag with newsprint. Iron over the tag to re-melt the embossing powder. The newsprint will absorb the melted embossing powder. Save the newsprint for another project because it is really cool! Notice how it becomes transparent where the embossing powder is!
The embossing powder works as a resist or mask. After the powder is removed, the original design is brought “to the front”.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the tag.
Mist your craft sheet with water to make the Vintage Photo ink wet. Toss the Crinkle Ribbon into the color droplets to add more color to the ribbon. Blot the ribbon with a dry towel and dry with a heat tool.
For a bold edge, rake the Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad on the edge of the tag. It will leave a thin, bold, and wet line of ink. Sprinkle clear embossing powder into the wet ink.
Heat the embossing powder with a heat tool to melt it.
Die cut a key (Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Lock & Key) from manila cardstock. Paint the die cut key with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. Sprinkle silver micro glitter onto the wet paint. Dry the paint with a heat tool.
Ink the edges of the key with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Die cut a heart (Tim Holtz Sizzix Love Struck) from manila cardstock. Add color to the heart by tapping it directly with a Picked Raspberry Distress Ink pad. Use a dry cloth to rub over the wet ink to blend it. Ink the heart with clear embossing ink.
Cover the heart with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel. Use a heat tool to melt the powder.
Ink the edges of the heart with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Punch a small hole in the top of the heart. Use a single ply of Paper String to tie the key to the heart through the punched hole.
Cover a piece of manila cardstock with a piece of adhesive foil sheet. Die cut the piece with the compass die from the Sizzix Echo Park This & That Charming Thinlits die set.
Adhere the die cut compass the front of the tag along the lower left side of the tag using an adhesive foam square. Wrap the tag with Crinkle Ribbon, weaving the ribbon through the rings of the compass. Tie the ribbon off in a simple knot on the left side of the compass.
Adhere the assembled heart to the tag over the top of the compass using adhesive foam squares. Adhere the key to the front of the heart.
Die cut a label and frame from manila cardstock using the Thinlits die set.
Color the pieces with Vintage Photo and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. I wanted soft color for the center, so I used ink that was already on my ink blending tool without re-inking it.
While the ink is still wet, coat the outer frame with clear embossing powder. If desired, add a tiny bit of silver micro glitter to the clear embossing powder before melting it.
Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder.
Place the label inside the frame. Add a strip of Wonder Tape to the back to hold the two pieces together. Stamp a sentiment using alphabet stamps (Hero Arts Printers Type LC) using Jet Black Archival Ink.
Adhere the assembled label to the front of the tag below the compass.
I love the way the clear embossing powder works as a resist. I love how I can add sparkle to the background and keep the stamped design sparkle free.
I think that weaving the ribbon through the compass is a simple touch that adds an extra bit of visual interest. It is woven on both sides of the compass, but I ended up covering up most of it so you only end up seeing just this little bit!
The Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel has so much texture! I love the way it melts giving different colors and textures. This was the first time I had used it so I wasn’t sure how solid it would cover, which is why I inked the heart with color first. It covers very well so a base color isn’t really needed. I ended up rubbing a bit of the powder off of the edges so the ink color peeks through with a real punch of color.
I love the way this nested frame turned out. Being able to color the pieces individually is easy and adds some great contrast.
Clear embossing ink on the edges adds real definition to the edges of the tag and create a great frame to the design.
Not too bad I think for making it up as I went. I love that there is so much contrast in the background and so much texture and dimension in the elements.
I hope you picked up an idea or two for embossing powder on this one! It is such a great ingredient for your stamping and inking projects!