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Embossing Powder and Alcohol Ink Background Technique

Ok, so this one requires a bit more effort. By that, I mean, it requires an iron.

That used to be a deterrent because I didn't want to ruin my iron. But I got myself a mini-sized one recently. I had searched for a craft iron, but traveling irons seemed to be what Amazon felt I needed. Who am I to argue.

So if you got yourself an iron that you don't mind possibly getting gunky, this technique is super fun.

alcohol ink and embossing powder


Supplies Needed:



Step 1:

Stamp your clear ink onto your glossy paper with a background stamp.

Embossing with alcohol ink

Step 2:

Cover the stamped image with clear embossing powder.

Heat embossed backgrounds

Do it over a piece of paper big enough to collect the excess.

Step 3:

Heat your paper until the embossing powder is melted.

Embossing with alcohol ink

Step 4:

Add drops of alcohol ink onto a piece of felt.

alcohol ink embossing

Step 5:

Pounce two or more colors of alcohol ink over the paper with the melted design image...

Alcohol ink tutorial

....till it's totally covered.

Alcohol ink techniques

Step 6:

Lay a clean piece of paper over your inked paper.

Embossed backgrounds

Step 7:

Press your heated iron onto the papers. Do it just long enough to tell the embossing powder has melted onto the top piece of paper.

Embossed backgrounds with alcohol ink

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Step 8:

Gently peel the top paper off your original paper.

alcohol ink and embossing powder

You should be able to see the stamped image clearly.

Embossing and alcohol ink tutorial

And on the paper you put on top, there should be the reverse design.

Embossing and alcohol ink tutorial

Pretty cool, huh?

Here's another one I made:

Alcohol ink embossed background

Background ideas: alcohol ink and embossing powder

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