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Dimensional heat embossing without any bulk

I love to add dimension to my cards in many different forms, but sometimes your card can get too bulky with so much dimension. Well today, I have 3 ways to add dimensional heat embossing without adding any additional bulk to your cards. These are great for adding more interest to layered cards or even flat cards. 

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Dimensional heat embossing without any bulk

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Dimensional heat embossing without any bulk

Dimensional heat embossing without any bulk - Technique 1: repeat embossed stamping

For the first technique, we are just going to use repeat stamping and heat embossing to create additional dimension with your heat embossing.

To start off, stamp the Altenew Bamboo Rose stamp set onto white card with WOW Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink using  a MISTI stamping platform and cover with Curacao embossing powder inspired by Catherine Pooler. Next, heat set with your dual speed heat gun.

Make sure you don’t remove the stamps from the MISIT door. Position the card panel back into your MISTI and stamp back over the top of the heat embossing with clear embossing ink again.

 

This will allow you to add more embossing powder over the top. So cover the panel again in the same embossing powder and heat set it again with your gun. Now, repeat this as many times as you like to build the dimension up.

Continue adding layers and fill in the gaps to create a background panel.

Dimensional heat embossing without any bulk - Technique 2: repeat embossed die-cuts

For the 2nd technique, we are going to create a dimensional die-cut without having to layer up loads to die-cut pieces which would add a lot of bulk.

First of all, die-cut this Altenew Thanks from white card stock and using  your clear slow drying embossing pad, smoosh the ink pad down onto the card to transfer the ink. Next, cover this with Splash embossing glitter inspired by Catherine Pooler and heat set this with your heat gun.

To add more dimension to the die-cut, once the die-cut has cooled down, smoosh your ink pad back down onto the die-cut to add more ink. Once more, cover it in the same embossing glitter and heat set. Again, it is up to you how many layers you want to do. 

Dimensional heat embossing without any bulk - Technique 3: faux embossed dimension

For the last technique we are going to add faux dimension to our heat embossing. So with this technique, the trick is to add a dark shadow beneath the heat embossing to create the appearance that the heat embossing is floating off the background. However, to get this look we have to stamp the shadows first before we heat emboss.

Place the bold leaves stamps from the Altenew Leaf Canopy stamp set onto a piece of white card in your MISTI. Next, stamp the shadows in a dark colour, here I went with Juniper Mist from Catherine Pooler Designs. Once the background panel is covered with your shadows, place the panel back into your MISTI and clean your stamps well. 

 
 

To add the heat embossing, we need to stamp the leaves again, but not directly in the same position. So initially align up the stamp with the same design on your background panel, but before we close the MISTI door, we need to move it’s position slightly – shift the stamp up and to the left slightly so some of the dark stamping peaks out from the stamp.

 

Once happy with the amount of shadow, close the door and then stamp the leaves once more in clear embossing ink. The leaves were covered in Angel Eyes embossing powder and heat set. You must choose an Opaque embossing powder for this technique so the stamping beneath does not show through the embossing. As you can see, it now looks like we have a leave that is floating on top of the card panel.

 

Assembling the cards

To finish the cards off, I created a stencilled background using a Kesi’art leaf stencil using a couple of inks from Catherine Pooler – Aquatini, All That Jazz and Daydream using a blending tool to create an Ombre background. This panel was cut down to adhere onto a 5.5 x 4.25 card panel.

 For the shadow embossed background, I used the Big Hello Sugar Script die and die-cut this out of Gina K Sea Glass cardstock. As my heat embossing is dimensional without any bulk, it meant I could layer my sentiment up instead. Before I did that,  I added some ink blending with Daydream ink onto the bottom to add some more definition to the sentiment for it to stand out from the background.

 

All the sentiments where adhered to the circles and these were foam mounted onto the card panels. For a little more interested, I embellished the cards with Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal drops. 

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Leaf Canopy Stamp - Altenew
Leaf Canopy Stamp – Altenew
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Bamboo Rose - Altenew
Bamboo Rose – Altenew
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Happy - Altenew
Happy – Altenew
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Script Words 2 - Altenew
Script Words 2 – Altenew
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Big Hello Sugar Script - Birch Press Designs
Big Hello Sugar Script – Birch Press Designs
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All That Jazz - Catherine Pooler Designs
All That Jazz – Catherine Pooler Designs
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All That Jazz Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
All That Jazz Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Daydream Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Daydream Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Daydream Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Daydream Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Juniper Mist Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Juniper Mist Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Juniper Mist Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Juniper Mist Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Aquatini Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Aquatini Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Aquatini Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Aquatini Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing pad
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing pad
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Aquatini Trio by Catherine Pooler - WOW!
Aquatini Trio by Catherine Pooler – WOW!
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The Ferry Man Trio - WOW!
The Ferry Man Trio – WOW!
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Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops - Tonic Studios
Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops – Tonic Studios
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Gina K Designs - Sea Glass Cardstock
Gina K Designs – Sea Glass Cardstock
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock
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Original MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Original MISTI – My Sweet Petunia
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Gina K Designs - Connect Glue
Gina K Designs – Connect Glue
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Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares 1/4
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares 1/4″ white
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WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version)
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version)
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WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (US version)
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (US version)
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Mini Ink Blending Tool - Ranger Tim Holtz
Mini Ink Blending Tool – Ranger Tim Holtz
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Mini Ink Blending foam replacements - Ranger Tim Holtz
Mini Ink Blending foam replacements – Ranger Tim Holtz
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Teflon Bone Folder - Lawn Fawn
Teflon Bone Folder – Lawn Fawn
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Tim Holtz 8.5 Inches Comfort Trimmer - Tonic Studios
Tim Holtz 8.5 Inches Comfort Trimmer – Tonic Studios
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Trim and Score Board - We R Memory Keepers
Trim and Score Board – We R Memory Keepers
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Purple Tape - 0.5
Purple Tape – 0.5″ – Thermoweb
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This post was produced as part of my design team work for WOW! Embossing Powder have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from WOW! Embossing Powder to use. However, I create projects with creative control and produce projects I am proud of and with products that I love.   The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert. 

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Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.

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