Add elegance to your handmade Christmas cards with copper embossing! (Plus a little patterned paper with a copper foil on it doesn’t hurt either!)

These are the kind of cards that look a million times better in person than they do on your screen because they shimmer and shine as you move them.

 Paper Sizes:
Very Vanilla: 2″ x 3-7/8″
Pretty Peacock: 2-1/8″ x 4″
Brightly Gleaming Paper: 2-1/4″ x 5″
Night of Navy card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Very Vanilla insert: 4″ x 5-1/4″

The ornament on the card above and the “Merry Christmas” on the card below were both heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

 Paper Sizes:
Brightly Gleaming Paper: 1″ x 5″
Night of Navy: 3-3/4″ x 5″
Pretty Peacock: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″
Night of Navy card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Very Vanilla insert: 4″ x 5-1/4″

Tips for Heat Embossing:

  • First, rub an embossing buddy across the card stock you are going to emboss on.  This will get rid of static so you don’t get lots of extra bits of embossing powder sticking where you don’t want it.
  • Stamp your image with VersaMark ink or an ink that stays wet longer. Dye inks dry too fast so your embossing powder won’t stick in the right place long enough to heat.
  • To keep from making too much of a powdery mess, I fold a sheet of computer paper in half and put that underneath where I’m adding embossing powder to my stamped image. I try to funnel as much powder back into the jar straight from my card stock, but then I can use that creased line on my computer paper to funnel the rest of the embossing powder back into the jar.
  • If you have more room for craft storage, you may also want to store your embossing powder in a flat square Ziploc container to make it easier to use and clean up.
  • Warm your heat tool up a bit before you turn it toward your image.
  • Gently move your heat tool around to all parts of your image.
  • If your paper starts to curl, move your heat tool to heat from the underneath side of your card stock. Alternate from top to bottom as needed to keep the curling to a minimum.
  • How do you know when you’re done? All of your embossing powder will have turned shiny and will no longer look like powder.

Now go give heat embossing a try or use one of these card layouts to make a card.

Happy Stamping!

Jessica

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