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Try this.

A few months back I purchased an embossing tool, some embossing powder and a few stamps with not an idea on how the products worked together. I figured it might be smart to learn how to use them lucky for me my local Paper Source was offering a "Rookie Rummberstamping" class. I knew it would either be really cool, or super lame and it ended up being a hit. I managed to make a few cards on my own prior to the class, but the class helped me learn the little things that made the projects look cleaner.

For example, when using "opaque white" embossing powder it's VERY important to get every last speck wiped off or it will look like a hot mess...I learned a Q-tip is the best way to accomplish this.

I'm still a total amateur, but I think the class brings you to an excellent starting point. If you don't want to take a class, I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have about what products to buy or how it's done if you plan on making this a new hobby for yourself.

Here are my "practice" runs done in the little time I had at the workshop, I only had about an hour to work and I really wanted to try all the different methods...kinda the point on taking the class!

Clearly the yellow did not work well on the black...maybe should have spent some extra time on this one.

As you can tell, I really liked the button stamp:

Note the last button on this envelope, the white can be tricky...

Try it are getting so pricey these days anyway, might as well make your own {don't get me wrong though, I still end up buying them because I love stationary so much}! I literally saw a card the other day that was $9!? Is it just me or is that a lot of money to pay for a card??? I mean come on...


  1. You know I looooove this Carlee! :)

  2. These are great! Funny you posted this because I was thinking of signing up for the Christmas card class. Figured I'd get a start on those!

    Was great to meet you! Hope we can all do it again soon.

  3. I love what you created! I bet with a little more practice, you'll nail all the tricky areas (and it's funny, I wouldn't have noticed any of the imperfections if you hadn't pointed them out!).

  4. Fabulous job!! I love embossing and did it at a Paper Source workshop too. I forget what the workshop was called, but we embossed stamps on canvas bags- so fun!

  5. Great work. It is sad that I have to factor in the price of a card with a gift, ugh.

  6. Carlee- it looks great. I have an embosser... don't use it as much as I would like. But I do take the time each year to make all of my Christmas gift tags. Michael's usually has great stamps on sale for $1 from time to time.

  7. those are SUPER cute. I want to learn how to do this. Have you been over to Aunt Sadies yet. I love that shop, but some of the cards are $10. For one card!

  8. Wow, how neat! I had no idea you could even do this yourself. I agree- it pains me to see cards that cost $9. They are beautiful...but $6 is my official limit!

  9. Experience has taught me that if you use opaque INK and then clear or tinted embossing powder, it 1) lets you do any color boldly even on black or other strongly colored papers and 2) is more forgiving regarding where the powder lies when you heat it up. Also, you can save $ on an embossing tool by passing the back of the paper quickly over a flatiron, which most of us already own. Love the button stamp! Love Papersource.


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