Simple Embossed Card Tutorial

Lain Ehmann of is the queen of fast and simple paper crafting – but she’s never willing to sacrifice interest and color for time! In this tutorial she shows how to use your templates with embossing powder for a fast, fun technique.

finished card 2Hey! Lain here! My absolute favorite template is Dots All Around. I love its versatility for scrapbooking, cardmaking, or art journaling. Today I’m going to show you how to use it to create this fun card.

productsStep 1. Gather your materials. For the embossing technique, you’ll need the Dots All Around template, Versamark ink,  a q-tip to apply the Versamark, several colors of embossing powder, white cardstock, and a heat gun. I also used an embossing pouch to cut down on static on the cardstock.

versamark1Step 2. Position your template and apply the embossing ink. Pounce the q-tip on the Versamark pad and use it to dab in the first ring (smallest) of the template. I used a few strips of washi tape to hold the template in place. Note: You could also use a sponge applicator to apply the ink.

powder1Step 3. Apply the Embossing Powder. Shake your first color of embossing powder over the ink and shake to remove excess (I store my embossing powder in lidded plastic containers to cut down on muss and fuss). emboss 1Step 4. Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. Keep your heat gun moving, and don’t get it too close to the paper. This will help cut down on warping. You’ll see that my rings aren’t “perfect,” and I like that. The result gives the project a handmade feel that I love. If you are concerned about perfection, you could try using a Versamark pen rather than the q-tip method.

versamark 2Step 5. Reposition the template and create circle number 2. Reposition the template and use the same q-tip method to apply Versamark to the second ring of dots.

two ringsStep 6. Apply embossing powder and zap with the heat gun.

Four RingsStep 7. Repeat with your third and fourth rings. Keep going as much as you’d like! I chose four rings, but you could do three or ten. You’re fully empowered!

After you’ve completed your rings, you can embellish the card any way you like. I added a sentiment inside the ring, tied on some bakers twine, and added a cute die-cut patterned paper cloud. Voila! You’re done!

finished card 2If you like these quick and easy techniques and projects, please visit me at my blog at I’d love to share more of my simple and fun scrapbooking and paper crafting projects and hints with you.


2 thoughts on “Simple Embossed Card Tutorial

  1. Like this card! And the tip to use a Q tip to apply the VersaMark. Doing bookmarks with my club later this week, so I’ll use that hint. Thaks!

  2. Oh Lain, that is lovely! I would’ve never thought to use a Q-tip – GREAT “tip”! And I do love TCW (s)templates : ) Trendy Bracket, Zinnia and Chicken Wire are totally faves!

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