Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.
This week’s technique: SCENTED EMBOSSING POWDER.
Heat embossing is a fast and easy way to add some dimension to stamped images. Scented embossing powders are great for adding just a bit of fragrance to your cards or tags. A variety of fragrances can be achieved by using basic ingredients found in the kitchen. For example, Kool-Aid, sugar free jello powder, spices, instant coffee powder and even baby powder! The scent does wear off over time but this is a fun surprise for a card or tag. This would be a fun thing to do with the kids as they could make their own scratch and sniff stickers 🙂 *Please note: whatever you add, be sure that it is sugar free as anything that contains sugar will cause the embossing powder to caramelize or even burn.
You will need: clear embossing powder, a fragrance ingredient, lidded container, powder tool, VersaMark /colored ink pad or an embossing pen, heat tool, stamp or patterned paper.
Mix the clear embossing powder and fragrance ingredient in the lidded container and shake very thoroughly to combine. ∗Please note: I found that 2 parts embossing powder to 1 part fragrance ingredient worked well. But you can experiment and find out which way works best for you.
There are a few ways to do this ~ #1} stamp image with colored/VersaMark ink on card stock or #2} swipe VersaMark ink over a die cut/punched shape or #3}outline or color images on patterned paper with an embossing pen. ∗Please note: be sure to use a powder tool over any area to be embossed using method #1 or #3.
Sprinkle on scented embossing powder and shake off excess powder.
Here is an example of patterned paper that could be used. This paper came with some of the fruits already embossed for shine but they as well as the plain ones could be embossed with the scented embossing powder.
Enjoy the yummy smell this technique will add to your projects!
*Store in a tightly lidded container to preserve the smell.
*Because the scent does wear off after a while, it is a good idea to leave the embossing to right before giving the card to the recipient. If the card is to be mailed, put the addressed/ stamped envelope into a clear plastic envelope. This may help to contain some of the scent while it’s on the way in the mail.
*If you want to use ground coffee, be sure to use Ultra Thick Embossing powder. Regular fine embossing powder will not hold the coffee grounds as well.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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See you next Tuesday!
The Country Touch