Challenge: Embossed

Many design team members requested an embossing challenge, and since it’s STAMPtember I think it is the perfect time! From dry embossed paper to creating a resist effect with clear embossing powder, extra fine embossing powder to melted UTEE in a pot, there’s a lot of textured fun to be had this week.

Sandra Mouwen did some embossing in her art journal with embossing paste

I tried something different in my art journal today. I wanted to leave a lot of white in the background and I did some journaling! I never did that before and I love it! I’m planning on doing that more often for sure. I also wrote my inner thoughts down in the background and covered it with Gesso. I made some layers with the Chunky Chevron, Letter Jumble and the Paint Lids Templates. I love making my own color Embossing Paste. This time I used some Citrus Paint Dabber and the Sunrise Sunset Template to create some embossing.

Michelle likes emboss with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

I don’t emboss often, but when I do, I love to use the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, or UTEE. It can be used to create all types of embellishments. Even cool, vintage-looking ones! Here I created a faux tile with Artistic Outpost stamps. With some fun Atlantic Papers and a vintage book page, this distressed tile became a unique card.

Meihsia was inspired to make a layout with some fun embossed circles.

I love to make layouts for children since there are always many fun elements can be added on. I applied some Crackle Paint and Modeling Paste on this 12″ X 12″ canvas to make the beautiful texture. Natalie’s photo was decorated with Prima Flowers and embellishments. Those embossed circles were made with Top Boss Embossing Ink Pad, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps and Zing! Embossing Powder.

Suzz loves embossing the background of her cards to add a touch of texture and interest.


I started with a brand new embossing folder ProvoCraft Poppy that comes with two pieces. The main embossing folder is a beautiful floral patterna nd the coordinating strip provides an elegant border. I wanted to use these to create an elegant wedding card. The beautiful sentiment is from the Simon Says Exclusive Beautiful Words. The Hero Arts flower is stamped on vellum to continue with the soft and elegant feel.

Tracy decided to get a head start on her seasonal cards this week.

I stumbled across the Brush Poinsettias Texture Fade whilst thinking about what to create this week and that as they say is how my creative journey began. The Tattered Poinsettia die was perfect to echo the embossed poinsettia and Wendy Vecchi’s Art Of Making It Merry background stamp was perfect for adding a touch of stamping. Fired Brick Distress ink added to that seasonal feel. One down 50 to go!

Anna-Karin loves both dry and heat embossing and used both on this project.

I made two different cards with a fun technique combining dry embossing, heat embossing and stamping. This is a great way of making an embossing folder the focal point and to create depth and detail at the same time. I love to cycle and this folder was calling out to me. The bike was embossed with black glitter, platinum and teal embossing powders. A little bird embossed with Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Enamel rides along on the basket.

Mona was inspired to create an embossed heart embellishment and heat emboss on her canvas.

To begin, I painted gesso on a burlap canvas, layered with various patterned papers and tissue tape, added color using Color Shine sprays. For the focal point, I made a heart shaped embellishment using Ultra Thick Enamel, Heat It Ink, the Melting Pot and the Scalloped Lace tread. To highlight the beautifully embossed lace design on the heart, I lightly applied Gold acrylic paint.

Dan combined his love of stars and Fired Brick distress ink in his striking card.


After saying last week that Fired Brick is my favourite distress colour I decided to go all-out with it this week in a bold monochrome design. I love stars so the Cuttlebug star embossing folder was my starting point here and the subway texture fade added a little more to the embossing quotient too. The rays came from Tim’s Psychedelic Grunge stamp set.

Andrea, a bracelet connoisseur, decided to bring embossing wrist-ward.

I get distracted by several things in this life: the smell of BBQ, fantastic red purses, Tillamook Mint Chocolate chip ice cream and of course, shiny things. I love to have a little shine and a tad of pizazz, especially in my accessories. One way to add some shine and dimension to jewelry is by using metallic silver embossing powder, Tim Holtz embossing ink and a heat embossing tool on beads and charms. Using these products, I gave my Tim Holtz number plaquette and my flower a little more bling.

I (May) began my card with an embossed background.


What I love about embossing is that there are so many ways to utilize it from making a stamped image pop to adding that perfect finishing touch of texture. For this week’s challenge, I decided to start by heat embossing a favorite background stamp onto white cardstock. From there I got inky, added more texture with a stencil, and had a blast creating this card.

This week we’ve got double the tutorial fun! First Ashli will share a great tutorial about blending embossing powders.

Check back on Thursday for a tutorial from Candy on creating a batik look with embossing powder.

You don’t want to miss either tutorial! And of course, you’ll want to join in the challenge this week too!

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.


As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday September 15th Eastern time.

We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too!

For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.



  1. I love heat embossing, it is likely my all time favorite other than stamping with ink. I thought I was ‘sort of radical’ but now I see I may be in K5. This DT has produced a magnificent panorama of art. Blessings,

  2. Fabulous inspiration as always, and I’m looking forward to hopping round to the ones I haven’t already seen. Haven’t been able to play for a while, and I’m not sure if you can accept a sneak peek… but I hope so!
    Alison x

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