Partial Heat Emboss

Well hello there! I’m here tonight with a simple, yet elegant card featuring partial heat embossing. There are a couple different ways to achieve this look, but it is actually pretty¬†simple. Today I’m using the Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid stamp set…because it’s beautiful. For my particular card, I used all pigment inks for the stamp, but to be totally honest, it’s probably safer to use a combination of pigment and dye inks. So start out by choosing whatever colors you’d like for your Orchid, using your lightest color first. There are 3 layers, so I used 3 shades of purple¬†(you can always double or triple stamp one color to make it darker if you prefer).


So like I said, I used all pigment inks and pigment inks take longer to dry than dye inks. So after I stamped the first layer, I gave it some time to dry before stamping the next layer. I used cheap pigment inks, so it actually dried rather quick! At this point, you can test your image to see if it’s dry by sprinkling some embossing powder over it…if nothing sticks, you’re good to go! I went on stamping my second and third layers. I was working a little quicker here so the ink wouldn’t dry before adding the CLEAR embossing powder.The powder did just what I wanted it to…it stuck only to the second and third layers, so I heat set it and die cut each image.


I positioned the Orchids and stem the way I wanted them on top of a piece of white card stock with a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base. I stamped the “Best Wishes” sentiment from the same stamp set and added some coordinating sequins for an added touch. The card remains fairly clean and simple, and I just love the way it turned out.


Some alternative options for partial heat embossing are to only use pigment inks for the layer(s) you want heat embossed, or use an embossing pen to color the areas you’d like to heat emboss. You can also double emboss for a thick, smooth finish (if you’ve never tried this, DO IT).

Thanks so much for stopping by, and let me know if you’ve tried this or have any different ways of partial embossing!