Highlight Embossing Designs With This Wonderful Technique! (With Video Tutorial)

by Michelle

Hello there, and welcome to another edition of Terrific Tags with Michelle. Today, I will teach you how to highlight embossing designs from 3D embossing folders with a wonderful technique using white pigment ink!

This is one of my favorite techniques to do – not only does it highlight the image beautifully, but it also adds a softness to the project!

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Preparing for Embossing

I started off by die cutting one of the larger tags from the Terrific Tags Die Set from Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock. Before I run this through my die cutting machine to emboss, I want to add the ink!

Using a Small Blending Brush, I added ink to the top of the tag using Mauve Ink. I then added Berrylicious underneath, blending with the Mauve, followed by Acai Berry. These inks are from the Dried Petals Fresh Dye Ink Collection.

To add a bit of darkness to the tag, I blended Crystal Violet Fresh Dye Ink to the bottom. This made the most beautiful deep aubergine/eggplant color!

TOP TIP: Adding the ink before embossing helps to add a little moisture to the cardstock, which in turn helps to prevent any cracking.

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Highlight Embossing Design

I then placed the tag inside the Sweet Jasmine 3D Embossing Folder and ran it through my die cutting machine.

Whilst it looks great as is, I really wanted to highlight the image and make it pop!

I pounced a flat foamed blending tool into Cloud White Pigment Ink and applied the ink to the raised areas on the embossed image. I did get a little on the outside edges but blended that with my finger to remove any excess ink.

This really does make the image stand out from the tag and also adds some softness. Kind of like a dream-like quality!

TOP TIP: This highlighting technique works better on top of dark inks. You get better contrast that way.

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Add Some Sparkle!

For some added interest and sparkle, I splattered Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray on top. I love how it reacts with both the Fresh Dye Inks and the Pigment Ink and gives an almost bokeh effect.

I die cut another tag from Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock and adhered this to the back of the embossed tag using Glue Tape.

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I then stamped a sentiment from the Sweet Jasmine Stamp Set onto black cardstock using Embossing Ink.

Next, I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was die cut using the Sweet Jasmine Die Set and adhered to the tag with Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

To finish off, I added twine through the top of the tag and tied it in a bow. I embellished it with Iridescent Crystals Gem Sparkles.

I hope I have inspired you to highlight embossing designs from your 3D embossing folders. It is such a wonderful technique! You can watch the full process video below or on YouTube.

If you love the Sweet Jasmine set, you can find more inspiration using it here.

Also, if you have any creative requests you want to see in our next blog posts, feel free to reach out to us here. We'd love to hear from you!

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today, Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Cheri March 2, 2024 - 3:55 PM

LOVE your tag, Michelle…….. it’s SO beautiful !!

Keesha Soldevilla March 5, 2024 - 6:24 PM

You’re so kind to say so! We’re so glad you love the tag – it means a lot to hear that Michelle’s work resonates with others.

mfergu01 March 2, 2024 - 7:37 PM

So lovely, Michelle! I will be giving this a go!

Maureen Reiss March 3, 2024 - 3:58 PM

Really Gorgeous tag!!!!

Marjolein Verleg March 3, 2024 - 5:26 PM

I knew this technique, but is was such a long time ago that I did it! So thanks for the reminder and all the extra tips like adding ink before embossing. I will do this for sure this week again !

Keesha Soldevilla March 5, 2024 - 6:23 PM

It’s always great to revisit techniques you haven’t used in a while! I’m so happy this post could spark your creativity and remind you of the fun of embossing. Don’t hesitate to share your finished projects, we’d love to see them!


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