How To Color on Embossing Powder

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
Find out how to add soft color to embossing powder with this easy DIY tutorial.

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What You'll Need:

Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint

Blending Tool

Die cutting machine

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

VersaMark Ink

Tape Runner

Tacky Glue

Glossy Accents/Crystal Lacquer

Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn Let's Polka

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Stuck on You

Die: Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me Lawn Cut

Sequins: Lawn Fawn

White Embossing Powder

Stencil: Tim Holtz Scribbles


Heat Gun

Alcohol Markers (Spectrum Noir used: EB6, EB7, DG3, DG4, IG2)

First, stamp your image in Versamark ink. This is a watercolor ink that works well with embossing powders. Sprinkle on the embossing powder and activate it using the heat gun. Then, stamp the pot the cactus will sit in.

Add powder and heat it up again. You can stamp both at once if you prefer, but I like to do things in steps, to make sure I position everything correctly.

Now, place the stencil over the card panel and using an ink blender, add both Distress Inks to the card. Press hard or light in different areas, depending upon how much ink you want. I have the edges fading out a bit. I also avoided the cactus and I didn't add ink on it.

Now it's time to color. DISCLAIMER: if you use alcohol inks, this has the potential to ruin your marker. The powder can stay on the nib. I have old versions of my markers that I don't use, so I use those for things like this. That way, if something happens, I won't be upset. Every time I've done this, I've had no problems with the nibs, but be safe! Have an old marker to use or an extra nib on hand.

Color in the image as you normally would, adding darks and lights. It doesn't blend the same as paper, but gives a really cool effect!

Because I have a hard time matching papers, I like to create my own background. I used Distress Ink to ink up the card base so the greens would all match! This is a great option if you can't find the right cardstock.

I decided to add a extra touches to ground the images. I didn't want the cactus just floating around. I cut a strip of heart patterned paper and also die cut the heart out of the same paper. I adhered the card down and then added a few sequins.

I think the look of the marker on the embossed area is so cool - it's sketchy, but also slightly blended. It gives so much interest to the card!

Happy Crafting!