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7 Ways To Heat Embossing | Cardmaking 101

I’m honored to share 7 Ways to Heat Emboss | Cardmaking 101 over on the SplitcoastStampers blog and YouTube channel! This informative cardmaking video is great for new crafters and cardmakers. If you’re a seasoned cardmaker, perhaps you’ll learn a new trick too!

7 Ways to Heat Emboss | Cardmaking 101

First, huge thanks to Dina Kowal from SplitcoastStampers for inviting me to contribute a guest tutorial! Here on my blog, I’ll share the video and final card samples. Please, visit the SplitcoastStampers post for a step-by-step blog post/video.

All the details for 7 ways to heat emboss your cards are in this short cardmaking 101 video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there, I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with friends!

Heat Emboss: Stamping

The most common and basic way to add heat embossing to your cards is by stamping with clear embossing ink. Here I used WOW! Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad.

7 Ways to Heat Emboss: Stamping

This image is stamped with Altenew Mega Greetings 2 Stamp Set and heat embossed with WOW! Sugared Almond Embossing Powder.

Heat Emboss with Stamping | Altenew Mega Greetings 2

Heat Emboss: Direct to Paper Inking

Direct to paper inking is a great way to create heat embossed cardstock. Heat embossed cardstock can be used for background panels and die-cuts.

7 Ways to Heat Emboss | Direct to Paper Inking

Here I created two different heat embossed panels with WOW! Taffeta Pink and WOW! Love is the Drug embossing powders. Then, I die-cut them with Ellen Hutson Folk Hearts Dies and Simon Says Stamp Awareness Ribbon Wafer Die. Altenew Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set finished off the card.

Ellen Hutson Folk Hearts Dies | Simon Says Stamp Awareness Ribbon Die

Alternatively, you can die-cut first and then heat emboss the die-cuts. However, I prefer die-cutting after embossing so I don’t have to

Heat Emboss: Pigment Ink

When you want to add a touch of heat embossing, coloring with an embossing pen is ideal.

7 Ways to Heat Emboss | Color with Embossing Pen

First, I stamped Altenew Weekend Doodles with Obsidian Pigment Ink. Next, I heat embossed the stamped image with clear embossing powder. Pigment ink is slow drying and holds onto embossing powder well.

Heat Emboss: Color with Embossing Pen

Altenew Weekend Doodles Stamp Set

Next, I colored part of the embossed image with the WOW! Embossing Pen. Then I heat embossed with WOW! Jealous Guy and Glassy Ocean embossing powders. Don’t you just love that pop of color?

Heat Emboss: Embossing Ink Pad Refill, Conditioner, & Freestyle Tool

Refresh your embossing ink pad generously and often with the WOW! Embossing Ink Pad Refill, Conditioner, & Freestyle Tool. I love to reink my embossing pad before direct to paper techniques.

7 Ways to Heat Emboss | WOW! Freestyle Tool

But, my favorite way to use the WOW! Freestyle Tool is to draw with it. Here I used it to draw 3 sketchy stripes. These stripes are heat embossed with WOW! Glassy Ocean, Jealous Guy, and Earthtone Olive embossing powders.


Draw more than stripes and plaid patterns with the WOW! Freestyle Tool.

Learn how I made this sketchy heat embossed heart in this post/video!

Heat Emboss: Mixed Media Embossing Brush

There are so many techniques you can do with the WOW! Embossing Mixed Media Brush! Here I created a cool color block background panel.

7 Ways to Heat Emboss | WOW! Mixed Media Embossing Brush

I created this distressed heat embossed background panel by swiping the WOW! Mixed Media Brush over a card panel one block at a time. As I moved down the panel there was less and less gel on the brush. And as you can see, the distressed effect increases as there is less gel on the brush.


This is one of my favorite projects using the WOW! Mixed Media Brush.

Learn how I created this silhouette palm tree in this post/video.

Heat Emboss: Double Embossing

Did you know you can double heat emboss? It’s as simple as stamping and embossing on top of an already embossed panel.

Double Embossing | Heat Embossing

I stamped an image from The Stamp Market onto the color blocked panel with Obsidian Pigment Ink. I’d recommend using a stamp positioner such as a MISTI as your stamp may slide on the heat embossed surface.

Next, I heat embossed with clear embossing powder. When double embossing ensure you don’t heat the panel too long. Overheating caused the original heat embossing and double heat embossing to mix. This causes the sentiment to be illegible.

Heat Embossing Supplies

So there you have it, 7 ways to heat emboss your cards! Of course, there are more ways, but hopefully, this is a good start for cardmaking 101. Thanks again to SplitcoastStampers for inviting me to guest design!

Heat Embossing Playlist

For more heat embossing inspiration, check out this YouTube playlist of twenty more videos.

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  1. Dorothy A says:

    Thank you for this wonderful video. I’ve been heat embossing for years but learned some new things, which I anticipated since I am just a hobby crafter. One tip I appreciated was heating my glitter embossing powder from the other side.