Tips for using embossing powders and making easy gift tags

I’ve been experimenting with embossing powders to make these butterfly gift tags. Embossing powders add a raised effect to any stamped image. Recently, I bought Whirlpool, Raspberry Coulis, Fool’s Gold, and Opaque Bright White WOW! embossing powders. You will see that different types of powder create a different effect. Some are opaque and others are shiny or glittery. Vary the colour of the card for a different look.

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Step-by-step instructions for making a butterfly gift tag

You will need:
card in various colours
embossing powders
pigment ink
heat tool
hole punch
scissors
embroidery thread

I bought some of my supplies from Hobbycraft and some from Paperchase

1. The best type of ink to use is Pigment Ink as it dries slowly. You will need a heat tool to fix the embossing powders. Please don’t try and use a hairdryer as they aren’t hot enough and will blow the powders around. I tend to use acrylic stamps and an acrylic block as I find them easier to store and a lot less expensive than wooden mounted stamps. Just peel and stick to the acrylic block.

2. It doesn’t matter what colour ink you use as the embossing powder will cover it, but I suggest using pigment ink as it dries more slowly. Lay the stamp down and dab on top with the ink pad. Apply even pressure to the back of the stamp.

3. Before the ink dries, place the card in a tray and pour a generous amount of embossing powder on top. Tap the card to remove any excess. You can use the tray to catch any excess and pour the powder back into the pot.

4. Emboss with the heat gun until the powder appears to change in colour or become shiny, depending on the type of powder you’ve used.

5. To make gift tags. cut around the embossed butterflies. Then, punch a hole at the top.

6. Fold a piece of metallic embroidery thread in half. Poke the loop through the hole and then pull the ends of the thread through the loop.

7. Finally, fold the butterfly in half and it is ready to go on your gift with your own personal greeting.

Butterfly gift tags by Diane Ashmore

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