Embossed DSP Showdown: Irresistibly Floral versus Fancy Frost

Embossed DSP comparison with Irresistible Floral and Fancy Frost. Card design by Natalie Lapakko.

Irresistibly Floral versus Fancy Frost

Stampin’ Up! currently offers two different kinds of embossed white papers. While they are both called “embossed” they are in two different styles so the effects are different when you add ink. Let’s compare!

Irresistibly Floral is heat embossed; it has a flat shiny design that is ink resistant. You could get a similar effect by stamping a design on white cardstock, adding white embossing powder, and heating it up with a heat tool (which is like a hair dryer, but not as powerful).

Fancy Frost is dry embossed; it has a raised design. You could get a similar effect by using an embossing folder and running it through a pressurized roller machine (like a Big Shot or a Cuttlebug). The front side and back side of the paper will look different, so depending on the look you want, you could choose either one. I posted two cards yesterday that compare the front and back sides.

It is really fun to add ink to both types of embossed paper… so how do you choose which one to use?

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #68!


For this challenge, I decided to focus on one of my favorite techniques: sponging on embossed papers! I’ve got two different types. One is Irresistibly Floral, a heat embossed paper, and the other is Fancy Frost, a dry embossed paper. I wasn’t sure which one was my “favorite” for the challenge so I thought I should do an experiment to figure it out.

I’ve made the same card twice, once with each type of paper. I also changed the type of leaf that is the focal point to keep the style of each individual card internally unified. (Trust me, the Vintage Leaves style looks really weird with the Irresistibly Floral style.)

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Irresistibly Floral DSP and the Falling Flowers stamp set.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko, with Fancy Frost DSP and the Vintage Leaves stamp set.


  1. Make a Whisper White card base.
  2. Cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut one piece each of Irresistibly Floral and Fancy Frost Designer Series Papers at 3/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Use strips of washi tape and post-it notes to mask (cover) the areas of the DSPs that should remain white. See the image below for how I did this.

Tip: stick the washi tape to your pants first, then stick it to the paper. The small amount of lint it picks up will make it slightly less sticky and therefore less likely to tear the paper when it is removed.

Masking embossed papers; Irresistibly Floral and Fancy Frost DSPs.

  1. Add color with a sponge, using circular motions to blend from one color to another. Alternately try using a brayer to add color.
  2. When you are finished adding ink, carefully remove the masking. Remove washi tape slowly to avoid tearing the paper!
  3. Stamp leaves from the Vintage Leaves (x1) and Falling Flowers (x2) stamp sets onto Delightful Dijon cardstock with Night of Navy ink. Stamp it off once for a slightly lighter image.
  4. Cut out the leaf images using the Leaflet and May Flowers Framelit Dies.
  5. Use a scissors to cut off the top leaf of one Falling Flowers image and the stem from the other. Overlap these together to make one larger leaf. Adhere together with glue.
  6. Adhere all layers. Use dimensionals to adhere the leaves and give the card depth.

Fancy Frost DSP versus Irresistibly Floral DSP, both different types of embossed paper. Cards by Natalie Lapakko.

Jewel Tone Color Scheme

These rich bold colors are sometimes referred to as “Jewel Tones”. They take a base color (or hue) and mix a little black with it to make a darker version called a “tone”. These bold colors are great for Autumn cards!

This color scheme is also an analogous color scheme, meaning the colors are next to each other on the color wheel. This makes them easy to blend from one color to the next without getting muddy brown mixtures.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Delightful Dijon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper, Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ up!

Ink: Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Falling Flowers, Vintage Leaves (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: May Flowers Thinlit Dies, Leaflet Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, sponge

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0 thoughts on “Embossed DSP Showdown: Irresistibly Floral versus Fancy Frost”

  1. Wow, these are gorgeous, Natalie! Great job masking and sponging, and I love the texture of that paper. Thanks for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper!

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