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Crackle Embossing Technique

Hey guys, I’m back with a crackle embossing technique using WOW! Embossing Powder and water. This technique is great for all occasion cards and scrapbook projects.

YouTube Tutorial | Crackle Embossing Technique

This video shares all the details to recreate a crackle embossing technique. Watch here or in HD on YouTube.

WOW! Embossing Powders

This crackle embossing effect was created with Love Is a Drug translucent powder from The Ferry Man Trio. In order to ensure it wasn’t a fluke, I created a second set of cards with Copacabana (retired) translucent powder. It worked beautifully both times.

Heat Embossing with Water

This is such a quick and simple technique. If you’ve never seen it before, you’re going to love it. First, I wet a squirrel hair mop brush with water and swiped it over smooth hot press watercolor paper to create a block of brush strokes.

The pattern looks best when some white space is left between the strokes. Next, it’s as easy as sprinkling on translucent powder and heat setting. I’m not sure what the science is behind the crackle effect, but I think it occurs due to using water vs. embossing ink.

This technique worked equally well on metallic cardstock as it did on watercolor paper.

Card Assembly

I used the 2 dies from Altenew All the Hearts Stamp & Die Bundle to cut out the pieces. Techniques like this are perfect for twofer card sets. I was careful to keep the small confetti hearts in the die for easy alignment and adhered them to the card with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Extra die-cut heart confetti was used for embellishment and sentiments were stamped in Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink.

It’s as simple as that. We’d love to see what you create with this technique. Be sure to tag us @wowembossing on social media and enter your projects into the monthly challenge on the WOWEPFans Facebook page.

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  1. Inkin' Chickie says:

    It has a very interesting finished look. I haven’t seen this before, good video tutorial.

  2. Christine says:

    Thanks for the video. This is a cool technique.