She says:

"There is something almost magical about embossing powder and all the techniques you can do with it. Clear powder is probably my favourite and I love the glassy effect of multiple layers of powder. Combine the powder with Distress Ink for a multitude of coloured options.

Multiple layers of clear embossing can create a surface resembling vintage glass and give a sense of depth. You can stop adding clear powder after two layers, and then the first layer of melted powder will stand out slightly from the second. But if you want more of a faux-glass effect, continue adding layers of powder. When heat embossing, you have to be very careful not to burn yourself. Do not touch the melted powder at all until it has cooled down completely. 


Dye inks can be hard to use for heat embossing, but Distress Ink is formulated to stay wet longer, which makes it great for heat embossing. Don’t wait too long before applying the powder to the stamped impression, as it won’t stick well if the ink has started to dry. 


The technique works best on smooth, relatively heavy paper. I used Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, but a paper like manila cardstock would also work well. Experiment with what you have at hand. If your paper warps a bit, you can place it under a book. Fine cracks might appear, which only adds to the look. "


Stamps Anna-Karin used...

  • Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz: Rosette and Floret; Newsprint and Type 

Other materials...

  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon; Hickory Smoke; Twisted Citron; Ground Espresso; Black Soot
  • Ranger Embossing Powder: Clear
  • Ranger Emboss It Dabber
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz: Tag and Bookplates; Mini Globe; Adventure Words Script; Postage Stamp Frame
  • Ranger Tim Holtz: Distress Mixed Media Heavystock Cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers: Crop-a-Dile; Standard Eyelets
  • Tim Holtz Core’dinations: Kraft-Core Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology: Quote Bands; Typed Tokens; Souvenir Adornments; Correspondence Design Tape; Laboratorie Tissue Tape; Correspondence Paper Stash; jump rings; long fasteners; wire pins; jute string
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Antique Linen
  • Ranger Tim Holtz: Distress Matte Medium
  • Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
  • Heat tool
  • Cardboard
  • Old book paper


Step-by-step… Layered Embossing

1 Stamp tag with Rosette background stamp and Twisted Citron Distress Ink.

2 Quickly cover tag with clear embossing powder, remove excess and heat emboss.

3 Ink tag with Mermaid Lagoon and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, darkening towards edges. 

Again, cover tag with clear powder and heat emboss. You could stop here.

Apply embossing ink, cover with clear powder, heat emboss and repeat  three to four times.

Die cut a Mini Globe from Mixed Media Heavystock Cardstock, or another smooth cardstock.


Stamp with a Newsprint stamp and Mermaid Lagoon ink. Apply clear powder and emboss.

Ink globe with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot and apply clear powder as before. Add more layers of powder.

Glue globe to book paper. As you can see, the layered embossing works well on detailed die cuts.


To finish the project: Use a piece of cardstock (20.5 cm x 16 cm or 8 in x 6.4 in) as a base for the wall-hanger and tear off the top layer. Ink with Ground Espresso. Make holes and set eyelets with a Crop-a-Dile tool. Die cut a Postage Stamp Frame from Kraft-Core cardstock and sand the edges. Layer a piece of patterned paper, small piece of old book paper and the Postage Stamp Frame behind the tag. Adhere tissue tape to the bottom of the tag and tie strings at the top. Die cut words from black cardstock. Glue everything down with Matte Medium. Rub Antique Linen paint into idea-ology embellishments and add to the wall-hanger.


This project first featured in the April 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine