Do you have a huge stash of embossing powders in your craft space like me, but find yourself only using it for the occasional sentiment?  I wanted to give you some ideas for combing embossing powders onto one card!  To create today’s card, I’m using stamps from the December Hedgehog Hollow Subscription box.

To create my card, I first stamped the large heart image onto watercolor cardstock and heat embossed in Superfine WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder.  It’s an intricate image, so fine embossing powder is perfect for this, and I recommend using a smooth cardstock that can take water, like Bristol Smooth or hot press.

I used Zig Clean Color Brush Markers in red and pink to swipe over the top of the heart and then blended it out with a water brush.  The embossing resists the media, and you are left with a fun ombre heart.   I then fussy cut it out and set it aside.

I then started work on my background. For a tone on tone look, I heat embossed the Love sentiment background in WOW! Primary Robin (a pinky red) onto a panel of red cardstock. I then blended Black Soot Distress ink around the edges and into the centre, added some splatters of water and white acrylic paint to add interest and texture.  The red embossing powder with the red cardstock is more subtle and doesn’t compete with the main image.  I mounted the heart onto the centre with foam squares.

I also dropped Nuvo Jewel Drops in Honeysuckle into the circles on the heart and set aside to dry.   My sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, heat embossed in WOW! Metallic Silver onto black cardstock and die cut it out with the coordinating die.

When the Nuvo Drops were dry, I popped the sentiment up on foam tape. The black brings the drama in from the Black Soot ink on the edges, and the silver is still neutral enough to coordinate with the white and red. Three embossing powders, and it’s still quite a simple card, don’t you think?