Thursday, May 10, 2012

Embossed Birthday Card

For quite a long time now I've been making my own cards for special occasions with a little help from my embossing gun. Embossing is a great way to add a little flare to projects like cards. You can use any stamp and any embossing colour and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

Today I'm going to show you how I used my embossing gun to create a fun little birthday card. Photos are hard to take because the process has to happen quickly, but I'll try to explain it as best I can.

I started with the supplies below, three sheets of cardstock, a embossing gun, pink embossing glitter, clear embossing ink and a bird stamp.

For the base of the card I used the purple cardstock cut in half to a 8 1/2 by 5, and then folded again in half so the front of the card measured 4 1/4 by 5.

Then I moved on to embossing. I chose to use the pink embossing powder on the pink cardstock to give a subtle tone-on-tone look. First I covered the stamp with the clear ink, and quickly stamped it onto the cardstock. Then, over a tray, I sprinkled the powder over the cardstock, making sure to completely cover the stamped surface. To remove the excess powder I lightly tapped the paper, letting the powder fall onto the tray (I later poured the excess back into the jar). The final step was to plug in the embossing gun, turn it on and blow gently back and forth over the stamped area. It is easy to know when your done, because the surface with slowly change to have a glossy sheen. Then there you have it!

To build the rest of the card I stamped out a strip of cream cardstock with a Martha Stewart stamp and then used double sided tape to stick it all onto the purple base. Finally I wrote 'Happy Birthday' out with a silver Sharpie.

Hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and that it was helpful. On a day I'm feeling creative I love to dig out all my crafting supplies and spend a couple hours making cards. It's a great way to stock up so I'm not scrambling for a card when I need one.  Please ask any questions you have in the a comment below. Next week I'll show how I made my Mother's Day card with some paper and string.

Happy Crafting,

PS: Here's where we link up.


  1. Very pretty! I love to make my own cards just like you.

    Embossing looks so easy! This would be one card making technique I've never tried, but that's probably because I'm not a glitter person either.

    Do you have to use an embossing gun or would a heat gun work as well?

    1. Thanks Claire!

      Yes, I'm guessing a heat gun would work just as well, it really just needs some high heat to set the powder.

  2. That's lovely! I like the look of homemade cards, I should probably start making some.

  3. Very cute! I need to get some embossing supplies. I've always wanted to make my own cards.

  4. Thanks for linking up to last weeks party! I have another one up and running today. Looking forward to seeing what you have to share.

    Hope you're having a great week!

    XO, Melissa


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