Embossing + Ink

One of my favorite basic techniques is to do white or clear embossing on white paper, then coloring with dye inks. Today I’m going to share two examples featuring Close to My Heart stamps.


These stamps are available from CTMH- just love them and especially this new puppy one!

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I stamped the pup with ombre (Hero Arts) ink and whoops. I forgot I had heavily textured paper and this was a bad choice for this type of stamping. What to do? Re-stamp with embossing ink and clear embossing powder! Once heat set, I knew it would work because then I came in with some light blue (distress) ink around the image which helped the puppy stand out. LOVE the heart in the middle!


I then stamped my sentiment (and a certain new puppy bumped me as I did so but that’s ok!) and added some paw prints the same color. Love how this turned out, and a few sprinkles of gold mist and my card is ready to go. Inspired, I decided to try the same but this time with white embossing powder (and no ombre ink!)

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This one I used a variety of distress ink colors, with the darkest oranges next to the words. This stamp set is really cool – love the uplifting messages. I tore all the edges and added a few more embellishments (as well as water splats and gold splatter)


Just love how these cards turned out and I really like playing with basic techniques now and then. Hope you enjoyed these – you’ll definitely be seeing me using both sets again!

5 thoughts on “Embossing + Ink”

  1. I am still practicing with heat embossing, and I love it! Thanks for sharing new techniques for me to try. Love these awesome, inspiring cards too. Really uplifting. Michelle t

  2. May, what a great save! I love both backgrounds and the heart, so cute. Tha for sharing and inspiring.

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