How to Heat Emboss with Two Colors

Christmas card with two color embossing technique by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mittens and Paisleys and Posies stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

How to Heat Emboss with Two Colors

Today’s card showcases a new embossing technique with two different colors to create a really fancy Smitten Mitten card with a paisley pattern.

Christmas card with two color embossing technique by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mittens and Paisleys and Posies stamp sets from Stampin' Up! #stampinup #su! #makeacardsendacard #christmas #handmade #handmadecard

I’ve made a lot of Christmas cards already this season. Enough to send a different design to each person on my list (I know, it’s a little crazy). I love selecting which card will go to which person, and I try to fit the card to their personalities.

Many of the cards I made this year were mitten themed because mittens carry a special meaning for my mom’s family.

So I love each of my Christmas cards, especially the mitten ones, each for a different reason… but one of my absolute favorites is the one I’m sharing today. I love the technique, I love the colors, I love how shiny and elegant it is. I just wish you could see it in person!

Christmas card with two color embossing technique by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mittens and Paisleys and Posies stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

I am playing along with Global Design Project Challenge #115!

I missed playing along with GDP last week due to some holiday festivities, so I’m glad I get to play along this week! This is an easy theme for me because I already have lots of Christmas inspiration ready to share with you!

Christmas card with two color embossing technique by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mittens and Paisleys and Posies stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Setting up Stamp Blocks for Two Color Heat Embossing

For this card I used two color heat embossing to get both white and gold patterns on the mitten. This technique looks super fancy, but it is much easier than it looks. That’s my favorite type of technique!

To get started you need clear stamping blocks and three kinds of stamps.

  1. A large outline stamp, such as a mitten from Smitten Mittens or a coffee cup from Merry Café.
  2. A medium sized stamp or set of stamps to make a pattern. I used the Paisleys and Posies stamp set for my pattern stamps, but you could also use any number of snowflakes or other shapes.
  3. A teeny tiny stamp (or stamps) that will fit between the gaps in your medium sized images.

It’s easiest to use photopolymer stamps for this technique because you can see through them for perfect placement.

You can save time and make multiples of the same stamped image if you arrange the pattern stamps all on one stamp block. See how I did that?

Christmas card with two color embossing technique by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mittens and Paisleys and Posies stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

When I was deciding how the stamps should be arranged, I placed the mitten on one clear block and put the other clear block on top of it to place the pattern stamps. That way I knew exactly how each piece of the pattern would fit into the shape.

Christmas card with two color embossing technique by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mittens and Paisleys and Posies stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

After your stamps are placed on your clear blocks, you are ready to start stamping!

I taught this technique at a class using the simple card layout you see above. We embossed the first layer, then used VersaMark ink without embossing for the second layer.  It makes classes a little easier to reduce trips over to the heat tool so people aren’t waiting in line too long or too often for a single card.

Stamping and Embossing with Two Colors

  1. It’s always a good idea to prep your cardstock surface by patting it with an embossing buddy to reduce static cling and prevent extra powder from sticking in unwanted places.
  2. Stamp the large outline shape (such as a mitten) using VersaMark ink.
  3. Stamp the medium sized pattern stamps (such as paisleys) in VersaMark ink. It’s okay if the pattern goes outside the lines.
  4. Sprinkle the stamped images with the first color of embossing powder (I used white). Tap off any excess powder by flicking the back of the paper.
  5. Heat the powder with a heat tool to melt the powder. Color number one is complete!
  6. Next, in VersaMark stamp the teeny tiny stamp images anywhere there are gaps between existing patterns.
  7. Sprinkle the second color of embossing powder over the images (I used gold).
  8. Anywhere that the teeny tiny stamps overlap existing embossed areas, I used a paintbrush to wipe off the second color embossing powder so two layers of embossing powder didn’t stack on top of each other.
  9. Heat the second color with a heat gun until the powder is melted. It will not hurt the first color to heat it up again.
  10. Fussy cut out the shape! Dies won’t work, even if you have some that coordinate, because the patterns will extend out past the outline shape. Luckily mittens and coffee cups are pretty easy to cup out.

Card Directions

  1. Make two mittens with Smitten Mittens and Paisleys and Posies stamps, a  Basic Black background, and white and gold embossing powder using the directions above.
  2. Stamp the sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set in VersaMark ink on Cherry Cobbler cardstock and emboss it with gold embossing powder.
  3. Next, cut the sentiment into a banner shape.
  4. Tie Basic Black Baker’s Twine around a Cherry Cobbler card base.
  5. Glue a gold Foil Snowflake onto the card, then add the mittens and the sentiment using dimensionals.
  6. Add Gold Faceted Gems as an accent.

Christmas card with two color embossing technique by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mittens and Paisleys and Posies stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Christmas Pines, Paisleys and Posies, Smitten Mittens (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Foil Snowflakes, Gold Faceted Gems, Basic Black Baker’s Twine, gold embossing powder, white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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