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Learn How to Heat Emboss

Have you ever wanted to try heat embossing and you were not quite sure how? Or maybe you were not very successful and it did not turn out like you wanted. The technique is easy if you follow these simple steps. You’ll be a pro at it in no time!

I love to heat emboss, especially to make the greetings pop! On many of the cards that I share, you will notice that I like to create my greeting layer on black card stock and add heat embossing using white embossing powder. I really like this look as it really makes the greeting pop.


I am going to show you the easy way to heat emboss, both using colored embossing powder (white), and then a little trick to use with all your ink pads! Did you know that you can heat emboss in any color using clear embossing powder? That opens up so many doors since you can then emboss any color!

Heat Embossing Video Tutorial

Ready to learn how to heat emboss? I have many tips to share to make it easy peasy to add this beautiful dimension to your cards. With just a few simple supplies, you will be a heat emboss pro!

Heat Embossing: Tips For Using Colored Embossing Powder

What I most commonly do is use white embossing powder on black, or other dark card stock. Any time you are using colored embossing powder, you will want to stamp your image in VersaMark ink. This is a clear, sticky, slow drying ink that your powder will stick to.

Simply ink up your image and “stamp” it, apply the powder, then heat! Easy Peasy–your heat emboss is complete!

You also can use gold, silver, bronze, or any other color of embossing powder! It all works the same way that I show using the white powder on the black card stock.


Basic Products Needed to Heat Emboss

I have put together a list of the basic items you need to heat emboss. Just click the button and if you’d like to order anything, you can simply add to your shopping cart. Don’t forget my HOST CODE so that you can earn points towards a FREE STAMP SET of your choice.

Heat Embossing Tips With Any Color Ink Pad

What? You can heat emboss with any color ink pad? YES!!!! Check out the ladybug’s wings on the card below; they are a nice shiny red!

If you are using a “dye-based” ink, they typically dry fast. This doesn’t allow enough time for the powder to stick. Instead, first, ink your stamp in VersaMark (make sure it’s a clean stamp) and then ink in the colored ink. The ink will now stay wet long enough for you to add clear embossing powder and be able to heat it up.

For the wings, I first inked the stamp with VersaMark, then inked again with the Real Red, and then stamped it. Next, add the CLEAR embossing powder and heat. As it melts you will see the nice red ink! Walla–heat embossing is simple and fun and can be done in any color!


Depending on when you are viewing this post, the stamps, papers, inks or other products may be retired. You may not be able to make the exact same card, but hopefully you learned all about heat embossing and now feel confident to add it to your cards.

  • Card Base – Basic White or Crumb Cake: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Designer Series Paper: 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Basic White layer: 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ and approx 4″ x 2 3/4″ stitched rectangle die

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19 thoughts on “Learn How to Heat Emboss”

  1. Great information! I’ve been heat embossing for years, but didn’t know about versa mark with a dye ink pad. A new technique to try. I thought the white card base would be a nice choice until I saw the crumb cake. It really did make things just pop out. Enjoy you tips and techniques so much. Thanks for sharing your love of stamping with so many.

  2. Thanks for such a good tutorial, Jackie. The cards are so cute. The one with crumbcake was my favorite as it added just a little more color.

  3. I loved the one with the crumb cake. I had no idea you could emboss with inks. Got to try that!!! Thanks for all your tips!

  4. Hi Jackie, I like the crumb cake base too. But I am wondering if the black DSP is still available to purchase? Thanks.

  5. Hello
    I Love your tutorials, I like the crumb cake better, it really may everything stood out. I love that I pick you as my host demonstrator

  6. That’s wonderful Jackie. I would’ve never remembered it from years ago, until I heard you say “Versamark” Of Course. Thanks for the reminder because I’m BIG on embossing. Thanks so
    much and have a Blessed Easter next month. Wow it’s later this year-isn’t it?


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