Pastel Embossing

by Amy Rysavy

Combine two easy techniques for a pretty look.


  • Black or dark colored cardstock

  • Solid image stamp(s)

  • Embossing Buddy™

  • VersaMark™

  • White embossing powder

  • Heat tool

  • Blender pen

  • Pastels

  • Scratch paper

  • Matte finish clear acrylic sealer


  1. Step 1

    Rub an Embossing Buddy™ all over the cardstock to remove any static or fingerprints.

  2. Step 2

    Ink stamp in VersaMark™ and stamp onto the cardstock.

  3. Step 3

    Pour white embossing powder over the stamped image and tap off excess.

  4. Step 4

    Heat the image with a heat tool until fully melted.

    Take care to keep the tool moving to avoid burning the cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Once the image has cooled, use a blender pen to pick up the desired pastel colors. Apply directly to the embossed image.

    It’s best to start with the lightest color and work to the darkest. It’s easy to add more color and depth this way.

    Note: Try to avoid applying pastels to the cardstock that's not embossed. If you do, use an eraser to remove any “mistakes”.

  6. Step 6

    Continue adding colors (scribble on scratch paper between colors to remove the previous color from the blender pen) until you reach your desired look.

    Before proceeding, make sure there are no flecks of pastel or smudges on the cardstock.

  7. Step 7

    Working in a well-ventilated area or outside, place the cardstock on scratch paper (brown packing paper, a cardboard box or large paper bag would also work), and lightly spray with matte finish clear acrylic sealer.

    Two light coats will give better results than one thick coat. Let the cardstock dry a few minutes before handling.

  8. Step 8

    Finish your card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pastel Embossing. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

your card looks beautiful. I love the stampin' pastels and am looking forward to trying this technique. if you do not spray the card do you find the pastels come off to easily or is it to give the glossy finish?
susan  |  Wed Apr 8, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Hi Amy, I love the tutorial and your card is great, but I tried to make one and when I heated the embossing powder, it turned the same color as the paper (Navy). What did I do wrong? Tks
Marilyn  |  Sat May 30, 2009 at 4:05 PM
Hi Marilyn,

It sounds like you used clear embossing powder. You will need WHITE embossing powder for this technique.

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Beate  |  Sun May 31, 2009 at 5:39 AM
I love this technique. I wasn't sure, when you say pastels are these chalks or something else?
Wendi  |  Sat Aug 8, 2009 at 1:29 PM
Yes, we are talking about chalk. Stampin' Up! calls them Stampin' Pastels.
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Beate  |  Sat Aug 8, 2009 at 1:50 PM
Tried this. It was easy and fun and I loved the result. Thanks!
Judycs  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM

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