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Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

Not only do I have some quick and easy Christmas card heat embossing ideas for you.

Today I also want you to be inspired by nature and the peaceful beauty of the Christmas season with this card.

Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

Many, many years ago, I featured a Christmas fir on my festive greeting.  Inside I had hand lettered the entire Alfie the ChristmasTree  song by John Denver and the Muppets.  Have you ever heard of it?  Although those two together might not really “fit” for you, that was, and I think still is, my favourite Christmas album.

Now if you’re drawing a blank about that album, this might help. Go WAAAAY back (to 1979) and you’ll hear it has a message that bears remembering still today.  Not just at Christmas but all throughout the year.

“It’s in each and everyone one of us to be wise.  Find your heart, open up both your eyes.  We can all know everything, without ever knowing why.  It’s in everyone one of us, by and by.”

Aren’t they beautiful?

QUICK & SIMPLE Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

 

Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

 

Now what was my thought process as I sat down to create this card for you?

  1. First, it needs to reclaim some of that peaceful message feel.
  2. Then, I want to include heat embossing on it to finish up my Weekly Feature.
  3. It has to be “doable” in under 10 minutes.
  4. Since I had so much fun with the Winter Woods stamp set on this card,  I wanted to show some versatility with it.  But using the fir tree this time.
  5. If I can include a watercoloured image, bonus!

Let’s take a closer peek at the two sets I’ve used for this nature inspired card, Winter Woods and Timeless Tidings.

Christmas card heat embossing ideas

Christmas card heat embossing ideas

So now you know what I was thinking and have seen these beautiful sets up close, let me give you the measurements and steps.

Bits & Bites

  • Merry Merlot cardbase – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”
  • Copper foil – 3 5/8” x 4 7/8”
  • Tranquil Tide – 1 1/4” x 5 1/2”

Simple Steps

  1. Stamp pine bough repeatedly onto strip of Tranquil Tide with Versamark and glue to front left of folded card.
  2. Ink words from Timeless Tidings with Versamark and stamp onto bottom middle of water-colour paper.  TIP: Rub Embossing Buddy lightly over watercolour paper.  See why this is a great add-on to your stamping supplies in this post. TIP:  Since this paper has a bumpy surface, using your Stamparatus to do this may give you the best results.  See how to use the Stamparatus here.
  3. Sprinkle with Copper embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.
  4. Ink fir tree with Tranquil Tide.
  5. Hold stamp up about 6-8” away and spritz with water with Stampin’ Spritzer about 2-3 times.  TIP: It’s best to not make it dripping wet.
  6. Stamp onto middle of piece of watercolour paper.  TIP:  hold your stamp a few seconds longer than you would normally.  Don’t press any harder, just hold it still.  Lift off and let dry.
  7. Glue to piece of copper foil then use dimensionals to attach to the front of your card.  TIP: Use a stronger glue here like Liquid glue or Tear & Tape to hold the bumpier surface of the watercolour paper secure.

 

I LOVE Quick and Easy Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

What’s one of the best parts for this card?  Stamp & emboss many of these in no time. Yes, even with watercoloring AND heat embossing.  TIP: spritz your stamp another time and get a second – and maybe even ONE more time for a lighter third impression.  They will still look lovely with a much softer feel.

Now it’s time to get into your stamp studio.  Pull out your stamps and watercolour paper and start spritzing for a peaceful Christmas card this year. Here are all the supplies I used. 

Pretty Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas

In the words of John Denver, “It’s in each and everyone one of us to be wise.  Find your heart, open up both your eyes.  We can all know everything, without ever knowing why.  It’s in everyone one of us, by and by.”

I love this song and the words are ones to live by.  So as you’re thinking about Christmas card heat embossing ideas and your festive greetings, keep these words close and your cards will be sure to have a peaceful beauty.

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Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Stamping & embossing Christmas cards this year?  You’re going to love this design by my friend Joanne.  And the BONUS part?  Take off some of the Christmas-y items, and the card works perfectly for pretty much any occasion.  Let’s take a peek.

Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Gorgeous isn’t it?  Elegant black and gold highlighted with touches of crisp white. 

She brought this card to my Holiday Open House in September (I always give LOTS of door prize tickets for guests who bring me a hand stamped card.)  

She was thinking outside the box when she combined the Half Full stamp set and Broadway Bound birthday designer series paper for a festive greeting.  It works so well mixing it with the rich jewel tones of the wine and bottle.  She coloured those with her blender pen and stamp pads, something I haven’t done in a long time.

Don’t you love her little glitzy bow on the left?  She wrapped the ribbon around the designer paper and glued it to the back.  Then she made a bow and attached it with a glue dot.  Easy peasey, and so perfect.

I LOVE Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Joanne tells us how she came up with such a great card design.

I wanted to make a card for the Open House and the criteria was to use current catalogue product. And I wanted to do Christmas as it was launching the Christmas catalogue.  But I ran into a snag as that was the only set that had any kind of Christmas theme that I own that was in the annual catalogue.  So I went in search of some paper and of course all the Christmas paper was new so I didn’t have any of that, however, I had just got the Broadway bound paper pack and had made some great birthday cards with it and thought it would be a great twist on a Christmas card.  I was very pleased with the outcome and have made a few more to give away for Christmas:).

NOT Your Average Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Stamping & embossing Christmas cards

Joanne went to town stamping and embossing several images.  How many do you see?

  • The wine glasses
  • Wine bottle
  • Both greetings on the front
  • The inside wine glass (yup, she decorated the inside too)

 

Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

That cute little holly is a separate stamp.  But you know what?  Just take it off the wine glasses and immediately your card becomes a congrats or a bday glass of vino.  

Have some friends who might appreciate a wine “flavoured” card?  I’ve got a few up my sleeve (so to speak😅) 

How about this one using a neat technique to colour the wine?  

Or this one I featured in a Koffee and a Kard class last year?

And I used it this year too for this fun watercolored one.

Now how can you resist such a great stamp set?  One that will see you through these holidays – and well into the New Year with its versatility.  Simply click on the image below and get your own.

Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards on Designer Series Paper

I’d love to get your work featured on my Front and Centre Friday too.  And it’s easy to do.  Just send me a handmade card featuring current Stampin’ Up! product.  Tuck in a little sticky note with your inspiration and products too.  That’s it.

Here’s my address: Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta Canada T0M0J0

Thanks so much to Joanne for sharing her talent with us all.  Keep checking back here each Friday to see many other gifted artists.  It might not be stamping & embossing Christmas cards next time, but I’m sure you’ll love it all the same.

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Heat Embossing Basics Tips and Tricks | VIDEO

Today I’ve got a video to share with some heat embossing basics tips and tricks!   And you’ll see how I went a little crazy with my variations, once I got started playing!

Beginner Heat Embossing Basic Tips and Tricks

I am in LOVE with this Winter Wood stamp set.  In fact I’ve got another design waiting for you for Keep it Simple Sunday coming up! 

I think the set of five trees like I used here is my favourite stamp but the birch trees and the Christmas fir run a pretty darn close second.  

Let’s take a look from a different angle before we get to the video.

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What do you notice?  

  • There’s more than five trees?  Yes, a whole forest.  And it was so easy to create with my Stamparatus.  
  • Feathery fibres brushing out the side of the greeting?  Yes, let me show you how to make that too!
  • Champagne and navy “leaves” framing the simple sentiment?  Yup, with embossed veins to add interest and realism.
  • The silvery shiny embossing perhaps?  Possibly. 😚  Why don’t we get to that right away.

Heat Embossing Basics Tips and Tricks

 

 

How about those variations?   I’d love to know which one you liked the best – and why.  Please take a moment and leave me a comment.

And why not join in my Facebook group, Design with Jo VIPeeps to get in on the conversation happening right now?  You could win my weekly giveaway!

Now you’ve seen the video and see how easy it is to recreate this killer gorgeous card, here are all the measurements you’ll need to make your own.

Bits & Bites

  • Thick Whisper White cardbase – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″, scrap for greeting oval
  • Whisper White regular – 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″, scrap
  • Night of Navy – 3 3/8″ x 4 3/4″, scrap
  • Champage foil sheet – 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, scrap
  • 1/8″ sheer white ribbon – about 4″

Pick up your other supplies simply by clicking on the image below to have them shipped directly to you.  Remember to use host code VWQ3RYAN and I’ll send you the lovely Swirls & Curls embossing folder FREE in November with a $75 order.

COOL Heat Embossing Basic Tips and Tricks

One of the best parts of what I do is experimenting with different stamping techniques.  I like to keep them simple enough for you to play on your own and have FAB results.

Creating handmade cards to wow your friends and family shouldn’t take you a ton of time or years of stamping experience.  And mostly, you want to be having a ball!  So the heat embossing basics tips and tricks I shared in my video are guaranteed to do just that – have fun getting creative today! 

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Why I Have the Best Heat Embossing Tool

Want to know why I have the best heat embossing tool on the market?  I’ll tell you exactly why I feel the one I’ve been using from Stampin’ Up! is one you’re going to want in your own craft room!

Take a peek at how you can create awesome Christmas designs like this one.

Why I Have the Best Heat Embossing Tool

Remember when you first saw rubber stamping? 

Cool you could make your own cards? Yes.  Fun? Definitely.  Pretty? Certainly.  

But when you saw heat embossing for the first time, wasn’t it almost a life-changing moment?  Just a couple simple steps to such gorgeous shine and sheen.

  1. Stamp your image with ink – the stickier the better, which is why I often reach for my Versamark pad.  Then you’ll see a bit of a “shadowy” image on your paper.
  2. Sprinkle the embossing powder on top.
  3. Tap off the excess powder onto a sheet of bond paper and put back into bottle.  It should only be sticking to your image.  (I’ve got a great TIP below for you on this.)
  4. Heat with a heat tool.
  5. Then watch those simple little pieces of plastic melt into a glossy shiny finish.

So, I haven’t told you why I have the best heat embossing tool yet have I?  Let’s dive into the card so I can ask you some questions and then I’ll spill the beans 😋.

 

Why I Have the Best Heat Embossing Tool

 

I’ve used two different embossing techniques on this sparkly card.  How about we talk about the cute Christmas bulbs first?

 

Let me Share Why I Have the Best Heat Embossing Tool

I stamped on vellum cardstock for my string of light bulbs.   You know how our regular cardstock is absorbent?  Usually I love how quickly it helps our Classic inks dry.

But today I didn’t want my ink to dry fast. So today I knew vellum was my paper!  That’s because ink doesn’t dry immediately on its slightly “plastic-y” surface. So you have enough time to sprinkle on embossing powder and it will stick.

Now here’s where the heat tool magic happens.

Stampin’ Up!’s heat tool has two settings. A LOW heat and a HIGH heat.  Other heat tools have only one setting, HIGH!  (And sometimes that’s VERY HIGH!) 

Pssst…you may have tried your blow dryer to make the magic happen right? 

So here comes your first question.  Did your tiny plastic pieces all blow off?  Yup, the dryer just BLOWS first and heats second.  We’re just interested in the HEAT to melt our powder.

Second question.  Have you tried heat embossing vellum before?  Did you end up with a warped and wiggly piece of vellum that wouldn’t lie flat?  THAT doesn’t happen with the LOW heat setting of Stampin’ Up!’s heat tool.

Third question.  Have you tried embossing with a heat tool and you burnt the paper?  With a LOW heat setting it’s MUCH harder to accomplish this pyromanical feat. You can even use the LOW heat setting on acetate or our patterned papers and you’ll just see gorgeous melted powder.  Not a crisp sepia-toned mess.

I do have to admit, I’m sometimes not the most patient stamper.  But the little extra time it takes to melt the powder on my vellum with the LOW setting is WAY shorter than having to cut another piece of paper, re-stamp my image, then re-sprinkle and re-emboss my image.  (And yes, unfortunately that is the voice of experience! 😬)

Let’s talk about the second embossing technique.  Straight up embossing for this one.

 

Why I have the BEST Heat Embossing tool

I LUVH the crisp white embossed words against the dark black cardstock.  It’s so dramatic.

I used a Versamark pad for the greeting then sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heated it on the HIGH setting.

TIME – and SANITY saving TIP:  Get yourself an embossing buddy.  Super inexpensive and a MUST HAVE in any rubber stamper’s stash.  And if you like embossing on vellum or dark papers, it’s a life saver! When you swipe it onto your paper BEFORE you stamp, it keeps all those stray little specks of powder from sticking where they shouldn’t.  The result?  Crisp words and edges and a polished finish. And the sanity saving part?  No incessant brushing off of the specks with a paint brush. That seem to re-appear anyway!

And this week might just be THE perfect time to invest in a new heat tool.  Take a look at my Steal of a Deal.

 

So how about a couple other design details?

Know Why I Have the Best Heat Embossing Tool?

  • Use a glue dot on the four corners of your vellum like I did in this video then hide them with your clear epoxy droplets.
  • Layer, layer layer!  Layer your bulb square onto Whisper White then onto silver glimmer paper for a gorgeous bit of bling.  Do the same for your Basic Black panel.  It’ll just POP off the card!
  • Add your tied Real Red bow with a glue dot to the top left to add some extra pizzazz.

Now do you see why I have the best heat embossing tool?  Get one for yourself!

Want to Know Why I Have the Best Heat Embossing Tool

Now I know you’re going to want to pull out your embossing powders and heat tool and get melting up a storm for the holiday season. 

So be sure to check back later this week.  I’m featuring embossing powders all week.  And you’ll be able to see even more why I have the best heat embossing tool on the market – and why you’ll want to add one to your own stamping supplies.   

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Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Who says handmade birthday cards for men are hard?  Let me show you a classy yet simple card with the Country Road stamp set, (one I think is a bit underrated) in the Annual catalogue.

Create Classy Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

How gorgeous are those pussy willows?  Remember looking for those when you were a kid as the first sign of spring?  Now, I know it’s not spring right now, but with the fall-ISH copper embossing powder it works, doesn’t it?

Emboss Some Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

So let me ask you…

Have you got a – or more than one – guy who fits this description?

  • Likes subtle colours?
  • Is a family guy?
  • Enjoys the outdoors and nature?
  • Is a western-kind of fella?
  • Has a birthday occasionally? 😜

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this card is for you!

I LOVE These Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Admittedly you might not find as many stamps that lend themselves to masculine greetings.  But for handmade birthday cards for men, this Country Road set is a no-brainer!  Let’s take a peek.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Wanna know something else?  This is a really economical set too.  You can pick up the clear set for only $27 CDN.  So I know it won’t take me long to get my $$$ back.  Gotta love it! 

In fact, I made two of these cards already.  One for my dad’s 80th birthday and another for my adult nephew’s special day.  They were pretty quick, simple and a perfect choice to help them both celebrate.

 

What are MY favourite parts for these handmade birthday cards for men?

 

  • dry embossed Pinewood Planks panel sponged randomly with Early Espresso ink
  • a two-tone Happy Birthday banner.  (True Story – I didn’t even know that framelit in the Bunch of Banners made a border like that😉!  Guess I need to use it more!)
  • subtle colour selection.  The WOW factor is the copper layer and of course,
  • beautiful copper embossed pussy willows…

…and…

EXTRA Special Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

  • a fully decorated inside. 

 

Want some great ideas to help you make these sometimes challenging cards?  Check this one out.  

I’ll bet you have most of the other supplies already in your craft room to make this card.  And if not, you can add whatever you need here.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Who Said Handmade Birthday Cards for Men are Hard?

Now I’d like to hear from you.  What do you find challenging about making cards for the guys in your life?  Leave me a comment.  

And let me know what other favourite Stampin’ Up! sets you love to use to help your men celebrate their happy day. 

Lovely as a Tree?  Coffee Cafe?  Picture Perfect Birthday?

And be sure to stick around.  I’ll share more ideas for handmade birthday cards for men over the next little while.

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