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Every so often, I like to go back to some basic stamping techniques. We buy so many "extras" for stamping - which aren't bad, don't get me wrong and I have my fair share of extras (!) - but really when it comes down to it, there are a few essentials in stamping that can open a wide array of possibilities. I sat down to work with a few of these basic supplies: stamps, cardstock, ink, Versamark ink, glitter, and clear embossing powder. With just combining a few basic techniques, I was able to create a card that looks like I used more supplies than what I actually did. I am sure if you check your stamping supplies, you most likely everything that I used, so gather your supplies and play along!


This is one of the snowflakes from my Snowfall Additions set and I want to stamp it in a color and emboss it. This would work fine with a pigment type of ink with clear embossing powder over the top of it, but I am using the Papertrey hybrid ink which is pretty fast drying. If you work quickly, you can pour embossing powder over the stamped and it will adhere so that you can heat emboss it.


If you want a little more working time, here's a trick. First, ink your stamp with Versamark ink and then ink your stamp with the regular ink. That little bit of Versamark ink as just enough extra moisture to keep the ink sticky so that embossing powder can adhere to your image. Don't worry about the Versamark ink contaminating your ink pad - it's so little Versamark ink that actually gets transfered that it really won't affect it. You can also stamp the Versamark ink off once before inking up your stamp and it will still work. Emboss your image with clear embossing powder and your heat tool.


Without using heat and stick powder or glue, I added glitter to my embossed snowflake! Here's how I did it...


Follow the steps above to stamp your images images and emboss them.


While the embossing powder is still warm (work quickly as the embossing powder cools fast), add glitter to the images.


Heat set the image again to set the glitter. If you don't get enough glitter where you want it, heat the area again and add more glitter. Be careful not to overheat your image or you could burn your cardstock.


I used the Extra Jumbo Snowflake punch to punch out some of my glittery snowflakes.


To put the card together, I added some additional snowflakes stamped with white ink, stamped a piece of Ripe Avocado cardstock with some polka dots, and decided on the Ripe Avocado stitched ribbon for the card layout.


Here is the finished, embossed, and sparkled snowflake card made with a technique that uses pretty minimal supplies, but looks like it uses more, and is perfect for the upcoming season.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping - with just a few basic supplies!


Embossed Sparkle Snowflake Card

stamps: Snowfall, Snowfall Additions, Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)

ink: Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink), Jet Black Archival (Ranger), white pigment

cardstock: kraft, white, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)

other: Ripe Avocado stitched ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Extra Jumbo Snowflake punch (Marvy), oval punch (EK Success), brushed silver brads (Creative Impressions), clear embossing powder, glitter, dimensionals, glue pen