A Warm Wishes Card

For the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Over the next few weeks, my workroom bustling with holiday projects for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have a long list of to-do’s including creating a multitude of Christmas cards to send to family, friends, and those involved in the Awana ministry. As I search for inspiration, I am always happy to find sketches, like this one from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, to get my creative wheels turning.

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When I first saw this sketch, I knew that I wanted to use the For The Tree ornament stamp, along with some of our new TriBlend Markers, but I never expected it to turn out like this.Once I started playing with those new markers, I couldn’t stop. MissCarriesCreations-WarmWishesOrnamentCard

After stamping my ornament onto White Daisy cardstock, I used an Embossing Pen to adorn the image with Gold & White Embossing Powder.  To use our embossing pens, simply “write” where you will want the embossing, sprinkle the powder over the image, then heat set.  (Click here to see a quick video tutorial on these pens) 

I placed the ornament onto a piece of French Vanilla cardstock that was textured with a embossing folder, then layered that atop some Kraft paper wrapped with White & Gold Twine. To add a little more interest to the card, I embossed the Kraft paper with the Snowflake embossing folder, then used a Gel Pen to add some faux stitching. MissCarriesCreations-WarmWishesOrnamentCardDetail

I hope that this card has inspired you to try our Embossing Pens and TriBlend Markers.  I will be posting a few more tutorials in the coming months in my VIP Group and some online classes showing how to Heat Emboss and use the new TriBlend Markers.  If you are able, stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to see all the amazing creations made using this sketch, and join me in the challenge.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Back to Basics Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Back to the Basics! Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of basic techniques that highlight a few of our new Seasonal Expressions products!69296818_10156645912002934_8306240367032795136_o  If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

My goal this year has been to show you how to use your “stuff”, and today’s blog hop gives me the perfect opportunity to share some Basic Heat Embossing Techniques with you.  How many embossing powders do you have sitting in your craft space? Can you remember the last time you used them? Today, I plan to inspire you to pull out those bottles as I share four basic heat embossing techniques I used on my Grateful Sunflower card. misscarriescreations-gratefulsunflowercard.jpg

At the very bottom of the post, you will find a list of the supplies I used as well as a video I created for my VIP group showing various ways to use embossing powders.

Simple Embossed Sentiments

This is how most of us use our embossing powders.  After stamping the sentiment using a VersaMark™ Ink, I sprinkled White Embossing powder over the image, then used a Heat Tool to set the powder.

Combining VersaMark with An Exclusive Ink

There are times we want to create an embossed look using a specific color. On my project, I wanted to center image to be embossed in Saffron. Using my stamp platform, I first stamped the image in VersaMark™ Ink, then stamped the image again with Saffron Exclusive Ink, sprinkled it with Clear Embossing Powder, and heat the image.


Combining Multiple Embossing Powders

The center of the sunflower has a slight shimmer, which was achieved by mixing Clear Embossing Powder with a small amount of Copper Tinsel. You don’t need much and you need to plan on throwing the mixture away when you are finished.  This time, I stamped with a Pigment Ink to get the color I wanted for the center of the sunflower. MissCarriesCreations-HeatEmbossing-MixedPowder

Embossing Pens Add Detail

Our new Embossing Pens are a great way to add little bits of embossed elements. After stamping and shading my leaves, I used the Embossing Pen to accent the veins.


Here is another photo of the card showing all the details I was able to create with each of the Heat Embossing Techniques. These are just a few of the ways you can use your stash of embossing powders.MissCarriesCreations-GratefulSunflowerCard-Detail.jpg

Want to learn a more? Check out the video I created for my VIP Facebook Group showing some more way you can use each of our Embossing Products. If you are not on Facebook, you can view a shortened version here.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  I hope today’s post has encouraged you to start using your embossing powders to create something new.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Some of the links in this blog are affiliate links and help to support my small business. Simply click on the links and a small portion of the sales come back to me at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Sunflower Sympathy Stamp + Thin Cuts
Sunflower Sympathy + Thin Cuts

Hawthorn Paper Packet

12 x 12 Black Cardstock

White Daisy Cardstock
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

Sentiments by Melisa EsplinSentiments by Melissa Esplin

Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

VersaMark Ink Pad

White Embossing Powder

All Purpose Mat

Espresso Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad

Clear Embossing Powder

Embossing Ink Pens

Heat Tool

Anti-static Pouch

Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder

Gold Brown TriBlend Marker

White Burlap Ribbon

Anti-static Pouch

Rose Gold Loose Sequins

Dull Green TriBlend Marker

Foam Tape

B073W19WGXStamp Platform

Every Little Thing Complements


Bloom & Grow Embossed Card

Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created this monochromatic card using White Embossing Power as an embellishment.  Even though the card was extremely simple to make, the mix of textures and color shades are delightful.  I am very pleased with how this card turned out and am excited to send it off. You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.


Embossing Powder has a lovely effect, but it can be a bit tricky to figure out and frustrating if you don’t quite know how to use it.  Below you will find a few tips for using Embossing Powder on your projects:

  • VersaMark Ink or Pigment Inks are the best to use for Embossing Powders.  These inks stay wet and sticky which allows the powder to adhere to your projects. I love using our Pigment Inks with Clear Embossing Powder  to create multiple shades of embossed images. I don’t have to multiple shades of embossing powder, just one.
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  • Before stamping your project, use an Anti-Static bag to remove the static from your project. You can purchase one of these online, or create your own using a baby sock filled with cornstarch.  Using this will prevent unwanted embossing powder from sticking to your project. I like to “pounce” mine onto the paper. (Note: These also work great for making adhesive on the back of stickers “unsticky”.)
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  • Always put the lid on your ink BEFORE pouring the Embossing Powder onto your project.  Sometimes your powder ends up in places you don’t want it, and it can destroy an ink pad.  I like to use a “Glitter Tray” when pouring my embossing powder onto my project so that I can pour the powder back into the jar.  I have also seen people store their powder in square plastic containers.
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  • Keep a small, soft brush on hand for removing excess powder. I like to use the smallest brush from our Paintbrush Set, because it is fine enough to get into the little spots that may have filled with powder.
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  • Always use a Craft Heater designed for heat embossing. These are made specifically so that the temperature is high enough to melt the powder.  BE CAREFUL and do not get your fingers or other items close to the heat source – it will burn you.  I like to use my tweezers or a clothes pin to old items as I heat the powder.  I like to hold my Craft Heater behind my project so that I can see the powder melt and make sure that I am not burning my powder.
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  • Practice makes perfect.  Don’t expect every project to turn out exactly how you planned.  It’s okay to have a few mistakes. Keep trying and keep creating. 🙂

Did you know that you could get one of my cards in your mailbox? Every time you place an order on my website, you receive a little happy mail from me.  Make sure to order your Bloom and Grow stamp set before January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Bloom & Grow Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Toffee Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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White Twine

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block 

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

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Craft Heater

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Paintbrush Set
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive 

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Rose Embossing Folder

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer