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Clean & Simple Heat Embossing | World CardMaking Day Hop + Giveaway

Let’s talk clean & simple heat embossing and foiling on black cardstock! Welcome to the World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop! We are sharing loads of colorful, glittery, heat embossed goodness, and a GIVEAWAY!

World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop

Big thanks to Karen for relaying you over to my blog. To start at the beginning head to the WOW! Embossing Blog.

Clean & Simple Heat Embossing | World Cardmaking Day

World Cardmaking Day

Card Making Day reminds us that the best gifts come from the heart, and the hands and vision of the people we love, so get out there and try making a card of your own!

No one can deny that receiving a beautiful card brightens your day. This is especially the case when the other person has gone to the effort of making the card!

Clean & Simple Heat Embossing

All the details for clean & simple heat embossing with WOW! Trios and Simon Says Stamp + CZ Design Simple Patterns Trio are in this short video. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share with your crafty friends!

Clean & Simple Heat Embossed Backgrounds

Introducing two brand new WOW! Trios, Summer Scoops, and Toteally Amazing. These embossing powders have all the color and sparkly gorgeousness you crave.

Clean & Simple Heat Embossing

Above I paired Summer Scoops with the diagonal stencil from Simon Says Stamp + CZ Design Simple Patterns Trio. If you didn’t get your hands on this stencil set during STAMPtember, no worries the Simon brand products do get restocked. Simply asked to be notified when restocked on the product page.

Clean & Simple Heat Embossing

Next up, I used WOW! Trio Toteally Amazing and the dots stencil to create this serene glittery background.

Foil On Black Cardstock

Sometimes an idea pops into my head that I have to try right away. In this case, foiled World Cardmaking Day sentiments were a must-do now design element. My idea was to white foil sentiments on black cardstock for a reverse sentiment strip look with shiny letters.

I demonstrate this in the video with two different black cardstocks: Michaels 110 lb black cardstock and Classic Crest Epic Black 165 lb cardstock. Typically I used these heavyweight black cardstocks for stacked die-cuts so I don’t need to cut as many layers.

My results were patchy. Neither black cardstock performed well for foiling.

Foil on black cardstock

What do do? Was it my laser printer, Royal Sovereign Laminator, or the cardstock? Based on feedback from my crafty friends it was likely that the black cardstock was not smooth enough for foiling.

I decided to test the theory on my smoothest cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb. So, I used the same printer, same laminator, and I used Blush Fab Foil instead of white so we could actually see the sentiments.

WOW! Fab Foil

The results were perfect! This leads me to believe it is indeed the texture of black cardstock that causes patchy results. My friend Enna, @ritzyhag, has bought a ton of different black cardstock and has come up patchy too. So do tell…

Have you been successful foiling on black cardstock? And if so, what is the magic cardstock?

Please, let me know in the comments below.

To finish off the cards, I decided to forgo foiled sentiments until I find that magic cardstock. Instead, I printed reverse sentiments on my laser printer. Simply set up a document with a black background and white text and print. Again, simple to do, but I really wanted that shiny foil look.

Trim and pop-up the sentiments on foam tape and these clean and simple cards are done.


Comment along each of the Design Team member’s post for a chance to win a $25 gift card to either our UK or USA stores. One comment per blog, please.

You have until Wednesday, October 7th at 11:59 PM British Summertime to leave your comments. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 8th.

Stencils + Heat Embossing

More Stencil Heat Embossing

I love me some stripes and this stencil from Taylored Expressions is the bomb.

For more stencil and heat embossing inspiration, head over to this post/video.

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Clean & Simple Heat Embossing

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Jo Hebert and the full list is below for your viewing pleasure!

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  1. What about coloring the smooth white cardstock with black ink (swiping method) and then emboss stamped image with fine white embossing powder?

  2. These cards are simple yet elegant. Good work Amber.

  3. Laurie+Black says:

    Love the stencil embossed backgrounds!

  4. Cyndi+Morris says:

    I love heat embossing, but I’ve never used colored embossing powders. These new WOW powders look amazing, though. I love those cards (and I LOVE those CZ Stencils!).

  5. Yvonne Boucher says:

    Great cards, Amber….always inspiring us to create!!!

  6. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome cards! Love that sparkle and the colors!

  7. Cindy Holmes says:

    Cute CAS cards! Love the use of the embossing powders for each of the cards too!

  8. Pretty sparkly stripes and dots. Lots of white space is always attractive and the Wow colors are spectacular!!

  9. Love your cards Amber, you just got magic hands ❤️❤️

  10. Frankly, it encourages me to see others having difficulty with things I struggle with! My foiling always seems patchy (I’m not using laser printer but gels, etc) so I’ve tried to embrace the look!

    Wonderful cards, Amber. I love the clean and simple look!

  11. I love those amazing new colours of embossing powders! Especially the Summer Scoops!! Amazing that the black card stock didn’t work with your foiling, Amber. Your cards turned out wonderfully in the end. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Take care! 🙂

  12. Love all the cards. I never think of using multiple colours for embossing, it looks stunning.
    I have foiled successfully on black, but using the old cold-foiling method rather than using a foiling machine.

    1. Thanks, Jane! Oh, what is the cold-foiling method? Would that entail using the cold setting on my laminator vs. the heat setting? Please tell me more.

  13. Wow! I love the spots and stripes. The colours are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your experiences of foiling. Its helpful to see what has worked for you.

    1. Thanks a buch, Lisa! I’m glad the foiling was helpful. I almost didn’t share it since I never was successful with the black. Now I’m glad I did.

  14. Marisela Delgado says:

    Great cards! So beautiful! 💜

  15. Kelly Kuharik says:

    These are adorable!

  16. So pretty. I love glitter and those are super pretty colors. I miss the the stencils when they first came out but I knew I wanted them, now they are sold out. Shoot. I have to wait a little longer.

    1. Thanks, Ana! Make sure you asked to be notified when the stencils are back in stock. You’ll love them!

  17. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I LOVE these CAS cards! Great backgrounds!

  18. You are new to me. Glad I found you! Beautiful work.

  19. Joanne Talbot says:

    Gorgeous cards!!!! Love the clean and simple look 💞

  20. Gorgeous cards! Love those embossing powders. Have not tried foiling on black, so I’m no help there!!

  21. Such gorgeous cards – and impeccable coverage with the embossing powders! That’s one reason why I love WOW powders – that, and the gorgeous colours 🙂

  22. Beautiful cards, Amber! I love heat embossing & your CAS cards have me heading to my craft room to try those designs. I dont have all the same supplies but am sure there’s something in there to inspire me.😊 I have not done any foiling but love the effect! Hope to try it soon. Thanks for all the great instructions!

  23. I haven’t embossed in a long time. This makes me want to do it again.

  24. Gorgeous!
    I like the cheery colors you chose, thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Liz Williams says:

    CAS and very attractively designed!

  26. Beverly+Jordan says:

    Beautiful cards and thanks for the tutorial on foiling! Haven’t tried it yet nor on black of course. You really helped show the differences so thanks in advance!!
    Beverly Jordan

  27. Wonderful cards! The embossing powder colors are fantastic.

  28. Wow what a gorgeous collection of cards Amber, they’re perfect x