Stampin’ Up! Embossing Powders

I decided to stick with a seasonal theme this week and incorporate some embossing on a mixed-media gift tag.  Some of my favorite embossing powders come from Stampin’ Up!  Long ago, I was a demonstrator for the company…and decades later, here I am still using these wonderful products!  For this project, I used Winter White and Sterling Silver embossing powders.  The gift tag is simply a build-up of layers of different mixed-media.  I happened to be inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, but you can basically add whatever you want onto the gift tag.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper (something heavy-weight to hold all the layers of media) and laid down a thin base coat of white and light blue acrylic paint.  After stamping with a larger snow dot stamp onto the blue background with Versamark, I poured the white embossing powder onto the surface.  I shook off the excess and melted the powder with a heat gun.  Using a smaller detail dot stamp, I repeated the same process on a piece of white cardstock, using the silver powder. I placed a star stencil over the embossed area of cardstock, traced and then cut out the image for the top of the tree. This way, you could get the cluster of embossed silver dots exactly within the star-shaped stencil.  The gift tag was finished with layers of construction paper, rolled scrapbook papers, acrylic white paint, silver glitter and adhesive lettering.  I outlined the embossed star with a black Micron pen to make it pop and attached it to the top of the tree with a three-dimensional adhesive square.  Embossing powder will make anything “stand out” this holiday season…and all year long!

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