Challenge: Emboss It

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Home Decor Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

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This week the challenge is


This week we are using embossing folders, heat embossing and using embossing pastes. If you can think of other ways to emboss we would love to see your techniques too!

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Kassa used a Tim Holtz Sizzix Dragonfly Die with Texture Fades as the focal point of this page


 I colored the dragonfly with  Distress Paints and used  Ink Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets and a   Newsprint & Type stamp for the wings. I also used a  Tim Holtz Sizzix Typewriter & Keyboards Embossing Folder, I cut out the ‘buttons’ once embossed to add more interest and dimension. For the background I used Distress Crayons blended over Ranger Inks Frosted crystal embossing powder, I love the colorful effect this technique gives.
To finish I used black cotton thread, Tim Holtz Ideaology Occasions Small Talk Stickers a few color coordinated  Sequins and paint splatters.

Andrea used embossing paste to add tantalizing texture to her house tin.


Nothing gets me more giddy than cute tiny tins just begging for a revamp!  I used some of Wendy Vecchi’s White Embossing Paste on the background of my tin, which I stamped patterns into and then sprayed with Distress Stain.  I layered on some paper embellishments cut with Tim Holtz’s Sizzix Mixed Media 3 die.  I also used the Hero Arts 3D Fancy House die, which I cut in half, to make my happy little house for the focal point of my tin.

Anna-Karin was inspired by some magnets she made years ago, to play around with UTEE.


I recently found a bunch of magnets covered in layers of Ranger’s Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, which I made over ten years ago. These two mini panels were made from the smallest of Dina Wakley’s Media Boards. They were stamped with lovely stamps by Wendy Vecchi and coloured with Distress Crayons. Finally, they were coated with layers of UTEE, adding a few coloured embossing powders to the last layer to create even more depth.

Barbara has chosen the sea as a theme of her tag because it works perfectly with embossing powders technique!

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You know I love the sea theme!The  Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die is perfect for this challenge! I love to  mix embossing powders. For my project I used Stampendous Enamel Embossing Powders in Shabby White,  Aged Ivory and a  little pinch of Aged Copper. My background was created with the Paper mosaic technique: it seems to really look like the ocean!

Cathie used three different embossing techniques on her mixed media piece.



For my piece, I created three different backgrounds using a Tim Holtz Postcard embossing folder, Harlequin stencil and the Mini Stash Collage paper collection. Embossing die cut elements with Distress Embossing Powders, like I did on my Caged Bird and Bird Branch is so much fun. It’s exciting to sprinkle the powders in random areas and see the final results after heating.

Cheiron created an embossed frame colored with Distress Crayons to highlight her stamped image.


For my project this week, I used the Ornate Frame 2 Sizzix Die to highlight my stamped image from the Tim Holtz Evolution set. I stamped my image and placed the frame where I wanted it to be then, traced a pencil line inside the framed area and painted over the area outside the line with Distress Collage Crazing medium. I then colored over the crazing with Distress Crayons and rubbed them in with my fingers. I embossed the frame with Ranger Black Embossing Powder and also went over the frame with Distress Crayons for some colorful texture.

Emma used a beautiful Tim Holtz Crosshatch Frameworks Die to create an embossed panel on her canvas!


For my project this week, I decided to create a playful canvas full of texture, dimension and embossing. I began by using the Crosshatch Frameworks Die to die cut four panels from chipboard which I then attached to my canvas to create a raised, embossed area. I used Distress Crayons and Distress Paints to add colour to my background before creating further texture by embossing metal foil tape panels, using the Bullseye Texture Fade, die cut with the Mosaic die, to create pieces that could be layered onto my background, together with idea-ology Gear Findings, vintage ephemera and a Found Relative photo.

Kath created a card using a favourite Texture Fade, Distress Crayons and lots of embossing powders


For this week’s project I used the Postale Texture Fade to emboss white cardstock, coloured with Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers from Distress Crayons Set 1.I applied Distress Collage Medium Matte with the Distress Collage Brush to seal the surface ready for stamping and embossing. I inked the Halftone Stamp with Versamark Ink and embossed with Ranger White Embossing Powder. I die cut the flowers from black cardstock and Distress Woodgrain card using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers Thinlits. I sprinkled a mixture of  Chunky White, Shabby Green and Aged Black Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamels randomly over the card and heated from underneath until set. I tore a strip of vellum and embossed with the Postale wording before fixing across the bottom of the card. I coloured the Idea-ology Crinkle ribbon with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain to create a double bow.

Macarena is chasing happiness in colors and textures!


First I sprayed all the base with Dylusions Ink Sprays. After that I put the Embossing Ink through the Prima stencil, sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with Heat Tool. I covered all the surface with Black Paint by Dylusions. Stamped randomly Rough It Up and Stitched stamps, covered by White Powder and heated. I cut some Wildflowers dies out form a cardstock misted with Dylusions Sprays. Using the same sprays I colored a piece of cardstock and cut Happiness. All the die-cuts were fixed with 3D foam dots. Finally I splashed all the card with White Paint. It’s my first time using this great technique with clear embossing but I love it!

Three “little” birds have a birthday this month at Maura’s house.



Well, none of us are really little birds, but we are a little crazy, so of course I had to use Tim Holtz’s Bird Crazy stamps on my Ranger tags. I painted my tags with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paints in Zesty Zing, Yellow Submarine, Limelight, and Beach Hut, then embossed them. My birds are all dressed up and ready to party with their Tim Holtz Garden Flower party hats!

Meihsia was inspired to create  a wall hanging with both heat embossing and dry embossing.

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I decided to use both heat embossing and dry embossing on my mixed media canvas wall hanging for this week’s challenge. After applying some Modeling Paste to create texture on the background of the canvas, I pasted a piece of card stock embossed with Tim Holtz Bingo Embossing Folder on the canvas. The edges and corners of this canvas were colored with Distress Paints and heat embossed with ColorBox Clear Embossing Powder.
Sandra went for heat embossing with her card

Most of the time I only heat emboss sentiments, but for this card I wanted some texture made with it, instead of using a stencil with texture paste. This is more subtle. I used the Halftones & Rings stamp set along with Versa Mark and Black Embossing Powder. I couldn’t resist to also heat emboss the sentiments with White Embossing Powder on the balloons I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.ZoeySo now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

Zoey had fun with the dry embossing tecnique!


I loved to decorate these colorful life reminders with Ranger Dylusions Paints Bubblegum Pink and Lemon Squeeze , then I added some touches of interest with the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology postale tissue wrap paper and Prima Flowers D0n’t forget to fly stamps set..and everything was made texturized with the awesome Tim Holtz Sizzix Bubble & Honeycomb fades embossing folders!

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  1. Wonderful embossed creations. I first learned to emboss the old fashio way with a brass template, light box & a stylus. Then along came embossing folders. I like embossing powder. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  2. I’m not sure if you get a chance to answer questions but I just wanted to ask something. I’m mainly a CAS designer with my cards and love joining your challenge as you have fantastic theme’s. I see though that alot of the DT designs are more Mixed Media etc. I don’t want to filling up your challenge with my designs and wasting your time with commenting on my cards if your not really wanting my particular style. I would like to keep playing along but could you please tell me if you prefer a particular style of project for this challenge?? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Shona! I just wanted to let you know that we welcome all styles of work. As you can see, each week we focus on something new, and we are happy to have you play along with our challenges, in the way you interpret the theme. I hope you will join us in future challenges! Maura

  3. Thank you for this fun challenge and wonderful cards. I wanted to enter but made a silly mistake. Could you please delete my entry number 86 as it links to my main blog not the actual post, if you could do this then I will enter my actual post to this card instead. If this is not an issue then thank you but if so please let me know when it is deleted and I will add again. So very sorry for being a pain
    Sandie xx

  4. I am not sure if this comment will go through or not, I had issues commenting non iPad Safari. it just refused to accept it… my details are the same..
    I love the great challenge and also the bright colourful work by the DT thanks for running such a great challenge everyone!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  5. Mm so no idea why safari had issues commenting before so maybe just with mobile site? .. would not accept comments had issues before too. it is a newish iPad.
    thanks again. Shaz.

  6. Hello!!
    I am confused a lot, but I don’t know where can I ask of that I won a 50$ vaucher and what to do now??
    I sent 3 e-mails already but all my letters are ignored.. That’s why I am writing and asking here being in a hope to get a reply at least.. Was that post about my win is a joke only?? I am not very good in English, and excuse my mistakes, please..
    Thanks. Hugs. Riliska.
    my e-mail [email protected]

  7. Beautiful DT creations! Thanks for the great challenge. I love embossing, one of my favorite things to do on cards!

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