Tutorial: Make Your Own Heat Embossed Cards.

I love making my own cards.  Have you seen the price of greeting cards lately?  Good grief!  $3.99 or more for a basic card?  No thanks.  I’d much rather make my own, it’s more economical and much more special.  I have really been enjoying stamping cards and found out about heating tools a little while back.  What a cool tool!!  I’d love to show you how you can create your own heat embossed cards … are you ready?

Here’s what you need:
  • rubber stamp
  • embossing powder
  • blank card
  • Watermark stamp
  • embossing heat tool (found at Michael’s for about $24.99… totally worth it!)
  • washi tape (optional)

The water mark stamp is a great thing to have when creating heat embossed designs.  It allows you to stamp your card without any color or tint, so when you apply your embossing powder, the true color of the powder shines.  Your first step is to stamp your card with the watermark stamp, just as you would with a regular ink pad.

Quickly, before the watermark ink dries, sprinkle (or pour) the embossing powder over the watermark, making sure that you cover all areas.  Shake off the excess embossing powder.  Make sure that there is no residue around your image.  Any little bit that is stuck to the card will be adhered permanently in the next step.

This is the part that’s like magic!  This is really fun!  Turn your heating tool on and hold it about 1/2″ to 1″ away from the powder and allow the heat to melt the powder, adhering it to the card.  Watch as it magically turns from a powder to a shiny finish… so much fun.  My kids LOVE this part.  Let me clarify that… my kids LOVE to watch me do this part.  Please do not let young children use the heating tool, it is extremely hot!!

Now our little robot buddy is nice a shiny silver!

Add a few more, for fun, and embellish it any way you like.  I like washi tape to add a little pop of color.

See how easy it is to make your own heat embossed cards?
Have you ever used an embossing heat tool?



  1. Ms. Adams says:

    I love heat embossed cards. They look so fancy.

  2. Jess says:

    Super cute!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Raquel says:

    Oh yes! I love heat-embossing! I used to rep for a stamp company when my kids are little. I agree with you on the price of greeting cards! So expensive. Love your site – found you on SITS.

    • Jenny Yarbrough says:

      Hi Raquel! I’m so glad you found us. I hope you’ll subscribe and follow along! Heat embossing is one of my new favorite past times. :)

  4. I love heat embossed cards. Mostly because the tool is so much fun to use!

  5. We’ve never tried embossing but it looks fun and the result looks very professional!

  6. kellie says:

    i love this! i’ve wanted to learn how to do this for awhile. i had no idea embossing was so easy! thank you!!

  7. pat osborne says:

    a group of us ladies used to attend a craft class but for reasons I will not go into we went on our own we hired a room and 8 of use attend each Monday afternoon for 2hrs. Each week we take turns to provide, design and supply all materials needed ( my turn in 2 weeks) we have a natter, Laugh and a cuppa and next time when it is my turn (not in 2 weeks) I will instruct them on making the clock card.

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