Welcome to our March Blog Hop!

"Emboss It!" CTMH Technique Blog Hop

This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Michelle Robinson’s so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit  Catherine Nowak’s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

Each month, this group shares with you a different technique featuring Close To My Heart products. This month 8 of us are showcasing how to incorporate different types of embossing into your paper crafting projects. I found a terrific website that lists four of the major types of embossing and the necessary terminology.

Embossing Terminology

Chipboard – A light cardboard that can be used as a base for embossed patterns. Chipboard is similar to the thin cardboard used to make cereal boxes, and it’s a great material to use if you want to add some depth and texture to your paper crafts.

Dry Embossing – Also called “relief embossing”, dry embossing is done by tracing a stencil with a stylus in order to create a raised pattern.

Embossing Ink – A thick, slow-drying ink used in heat embossing.

Embossing Powder – A fast-melting powder often used in heat embossing. Embossing powder is sprinkled on a stamped design and melted using a heat gun to create a raised pattern.

Heat Embossing – An embossing technique that creates a raised pattern using a stamp, embossing ink, embossing powder, and a heat source.

Heat Gun – A tool that directs high heat to a small area without producing air. Used for melting embossing powder during heat embossing.

Sandwich – Not to be confused with an edible sandwich! Crafting sandwiches are used in die-cutting. They consist of a base, plate, shim, die, paper, and a cutting plate, and result in a die-cut.

Light Box – A back-lit frame with a translucent plastic face, used to transmit light through an image for the purpose of tracing. In embossing, it’s frequently used to view the stencil lines under the sheet of paper. You can also use a bright window.

Relief Embossing – See “Dry Embossing”.

Stencil – A template made by cutting a design into stiff paper, plastic, cardboard, or metal, commonly used in dry embossing. You can easily make your own stencil using a die-cutting machine.

Stylus – A pen-like instrument used often used in dry embossing.

This month I will be showing you a project that I created using one of CTMH’s newer embossing folders “Playful Scallops”. As you can see by the photo below, to really make the embossed ridges show up, I used a distressing block to rough up the surface and reveal the white core of the card stock. As I was adding the layers of paper, it seemed to make sense to distress other layers as well, so I used the same distressing block to rough up the edges of the black diamond patterned paper, and then inked the edges of the Bluebird/White Daisy diamond-patterned paper with Sapphire. See below for a complete list of supplies used to create this project.

List of Materials used in this project:

  • Sapphire Exclusive Inks stamp pad Z2848
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks stamp pad Z2895
  • Ruby Exclusive Inks stamp pad Z2870
  • Heather Exclusive Inks stamp pad Z2826
  • Bluebird card stock X5987
  • Linen card stock X6009
  • Mix-in paper packet (2018-retired*Sorry, it was the only one I could find that I liked!)
  • I Heart Us paper packet X7242B
  • Something Fierce – Cardmaking C1749
  • Silver Embellishing Thread Z4213
  • Playful Scallops Embossing Folder Z4231

For a special add-on project, I have a project which I created using white embossing powder, White Daisy pigment ink and vellum paper. I love the effect this technique has and it’s so simple! After stamping with the pigment ink, directly on the vellum paper, add the embossing powder and heat. Once the vellum has cooled, turn it over and add your colour to the back. I like using the Shin Han Alcohol Markers, as their colours are so vibrant. One thing to remember is that this technique does not lend itself to shading or blending. Straight colouring is best. After that you can fussy cut your images and voila!

List of Materials used in this project:

  • Sapphire Exclusive Inks stamp pad Z2848
  • White Daisy Pigment Exclusive Inks stamp pad Z2863
  • Sapphire card stock X6021
  • Mint card stock X5986
  • Something Fierce paper packet X7240B
  • Vellum Paper Z3367
  • “Sticky Notes” C1751
  • Stitched Circles Thin Cuts Z4181
  • Red Shimmer Brush Z4223
  • Shin Han Alcohol Markers: Brick Brown, Carmine, Melon Yellow, Yellow Green & Sap Green

“Embossing adds interesting texture to your paper crafts and can make any amateur crafting project look polished and professional. It’s a simple way to add a new visual element to your design without worrying about incorporating new colors, patterns, or embellishments. And with a little bit of practice, you can emboss like a boss too!

The Paper Mill Store

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you noticed something you want to see more of, you can see all of the products used on my CTMH shopping site: here. If you have any questions about the projects or techniques used here, or you’d just like to tell me what you thought of the projects, feel free to leave me a comment below or email here. I’d love to hear from you!

After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas!

Now…go see what great stuff Catherine has to share with you and happy crafting!

Until next time


List of Participants:

Melissa Robinson

Valerie Kapsha

Catherine Nowak

Darlys Recker

Maz Wood

Katy Taylor

Lauren Moore

Terry Metzger

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