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Solid stamps, heat-embossing, and ink-blending

How do you make a stamped card with yellow/green images and a blue background?

Sounds easy enough, but is it?

  • If you start with blue cardstock paper, how do you stamp yellow images and get them to stay yellow?

  • If you stamp yellow and green images, how do you make the background blue? This is relatively simple to do - you can color in the background with markers, pencils, watercolors, or any other medium of your choice. But it is time-consuming and somewhat tedious work.

  • Can we ink blend with blue? Sure, but somehow we need to make sure that the yellow and green images stay true to their color.

    • How? Heat-embossing! Yes, colored heat embossing, even when you don't have colored embossing powders :)

Friendship card showing colored heat embossing without colorful embossing powders

Check out the video to learn the technique

For those of you who prefer written word over video, here are the steps:

  1. Prep an A2-sized panel with an anti-static powder tool. This helps clean the surface for heat embossing.

  2. Stamp several lemon wedges and leaves. Each time ink the stamp with VersaMark or some clear sticky ink first, then without taking it to paper, add the colored ink of your choice. I added Concord & 9th inks Buttercup (lemon wedges) and Sprout (leaves).

  3. Add Clear Embossing Powder on top and heat set (melt) it. Be careful and watch the video for some tips and tricks. It's easier to show these than tell.

  4. After the entire panel is done to your preferred design, blend with the background color ink. I used Concord & 9th Midnight color.

  5. Wipe off the excess ink from the embossed area with a clean cloth.

  6. Foam-mount the sentiment.

  7. Add lots of dots in varying sizes using some Nuvo drops and let these dry completely.

  8. Finally, attach this panel to a card base and enjoy!


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!


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