Altenew Educator Certification Program: Impressive Heat Embossing

By | 03/10/2018

The project that I meant to create today is for the Impressive Heat Embossing class at the Altenew Academy.

I say the project I meant to create because I fell in love with the technique the instructor used in lesson 2 and meant to create a similar card.  The two cards that I have to show you today were actually supposed to be combined into one card.

I fell in love with the panels that I was creating and just could not cut down the black panel.  The black panel is supposed to be cut down and layered on top of the white panel.  I just couldn’t cut it up!  I love the way that clear embossing turned out with the stamped images from the Build-A-Flower: Carnation and the Vintage Roses stamp sets.  The moment that I added the sentiment from the Everything About You set to the center, it was all over.  I had to make these into two cards!

Stamping Imperfection Impressive Heat Embossing

The second lesson focused on using Clear Embossing powder on dark card stock.  The instructor created a dark panel with the clear embossing and then an exact copy in white with dark ink.  She cut a rectangle out of the center of the dark card panel and layered it on top of the bottom panel so the images lined up.  It is along the lines of the triple time stamping technique.  I just had to try it.  I just didn’t make it to the finish line because I just loved the way this looked and could not cut it up!

You know how you feel cutting into a beautiful piece of patterned paper.  Sometimes it sits on your shelf because you just don’t want to cut into it because it is just too pretty!

Tell me that you love this sentiment set as much as I do!  That I LOVE is SPECTACULAR!  What a focal point!

This set comes with 13 secondary sentiments to use with the I LOVE sentiment.  This one was made just for me!  How perfect is this?!

Here is my second card, which was intended to be the base layer for the black panel:

Stamping Imperfection Impressive Heat Embossing

Isn’t this pretty done in Evening Gray?  How could I cover any part of this with another layer?

I did add clear embossing powder to the sentiment and it just pops off the card.  The sentiment is stamped in Lava Rock and then clear embossed.  I love the shine and I love how the clear embossing makes the colors darker and even more striking.

I also love these sequins from Neat and Tangled.  This is the Like Magic mix.  They are like magic too…the sequins on the black card are the exact same ones but they look completely different on the dark card stock.  On the white you can really see the iridescence but on the darker card they almost look like a mirrored surface. Like Magic is a great name for these.

I may not have created the card that I planned on, but I do believe my cards will remind you how fabulous clear embossing powder is.  We have to remember to use it more.

  • It is the perfect way to emboss with colors.  Sometimes you want to emboss in a color that you don’t have embossing powder for.  Stamp it in your color, the stamp it in versa mark and use clear powder to emboss.  You can emboss in any color with this technique.
  • It really makes your colors stand out when you use the clear powder over the stamped image or sentiment.  It is nice to hold the card in your hands and see the shine as well.
  • You get a beautiful watercolor look with Versa Mark ink, but adding clear embossing powder over a dark card stock gives you this fabulous effect.
  • Embossing is still a WOW! technique for me, even after all these years.  I love watching the powder change before my eyes and it really adds a pretty touch to your cards.


I think Altenew knocked it out of the park with this sentiment set.  I LOVE this sentiment set!  Spectacular!

I also love their inks.  I just can’t say enough about how beautiful the colors are and I really love that you can purchase them in sets of 4 coordinating colors to layer together.  The concept artists at Altenew took all the guess work out of it for me.  I don’t have to think about which colors will layer with all the beautiful stamp sets they carry.

I do have to say that I have really gotten into the habit of using my MISTI with these stamps and techniques.  The MISTI made creating these panels so simple.  Had I completed the card as I had originally planned, the panels would have layered beautifully and lined up perfectly thanks to that MISTI tool.  That was well worth my investment!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Happy crafting and remember to embrace the imperfections!Altenew Academy

6 thoughts on “Altenew Educator Certification Program: Impressive Heat Embossing

  1. Virginia L.

    Excellent write-up with the heat-embossing! Outstanding work! I love how you take this up a notch with your card and post, Kim!

    1. kim Post author

      Thank you, Virginia! These were a couple of my favorite cards to create. What I had planned to create is not what I ended with!

  2. Anita

    Kim you are making me laugh! First both of these cards are so pretty. Truly agree that they are much too nice to cut up. I wish your site had a place to keep our favorites so that we can go back and follow your technique. I am enjoying all your posts. However, I am spending more time reading them than I am creating Ha! I I am laughing because you sound like a kid in a candy shop discovering all these other craft items beyond Stampin up. There is so much available to make stamping easier. I love the Misti too and find that I am adding to my tools etc so that I can try to be more creative. I actually bought a set of 12 zig markers and aqua painters. So far I am a true stamper but find myself wanting to color, blend, emboss etc. I am still not totally into watercoloring yet. I do however love Stampin up watercolor pencils. Again thank you for sharing your special talent. Have a great week.

    1. kim Post author

      Hi Anita! I feel like a kid in a candy shop!! My UPS carrier has real job security thanks to me! Definitely try some of the techniques. It is just so much fun to experiment with all the tools and techniques. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Rosie N

    Gorgeous cards Kim, I am definitely inspired to use clear embossing powder more!

    1. kim Post author

      Thank you, Rosie! I have to agree. After this project, I will definitely use it more!


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