Embedded Image

by Holly McMillen

Create a unique look by stamping an embossed image on embossed background.


  • Cardstock or patterned paper
  • Versamark™ , or other embossing ink
  • Ink (color of your choice)
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Colored Embossing Powder (color of your choice)
  • Heat gun
  • Stamps (silhouettes tend to work best)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp cardstock or patterned paper with a script or tight patterned background in ink color of your choice.

    You can skip this step if you are using a patterned paper.

  2. Step 2

    If you are going to die cut your image, do that now. With Versamark™ , use the direct to paper technique to apply a layer of ink.

  3. Step 3

    Cover the image with clear embossing powder and heat set. Wait 2-3 minutes and then repeat steps 2 and3. Allow image to cool.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp your main image onto the embossed piece using Versamark™.Cover the area with a contrasting color embossing powder (seafoam green used here). Heat set.

  5. Step 5

    Create your project using your embedded image!


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

Mona, I am using Ranger's heat tool. I LOVE it because it is so quiet and it gets quite hot. Yes, you can emboss and even use a craft iron on that craft mat. Another Ranger product I can't work without.

Briana, thanks for your kind words.

Rebecca, I think they are called powder trays. You can find them in most craft stores.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Aug 3, 2011 at 4:18 PM
This is an awesome tutorial, Holly...love your wonderful technique!!! Your card is gorgeous, as are all your creations, gf!!!!
Joan Ervin  |  Wed Aug 3, 2011 at 6:45 PM
I played with this technique two times today with varying results. My first piece just melted and spread into a variegated mess. Although I ended up kinda liking that too, but it sure didn't show the image! I learned that I needed to keep the heat gun a good distance away from the piece when you are melting the image into the piece. Add heat slowly!

Then really look at it to make sure it's all melted. If you need to heat more, go ahead.

There was still some spreading of the colored ep, but as long as I went slowly with the heat, the image stayed pretty well intact.

HTH someone else playing with this technique!
Katie  |  Wed Aug 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM
I don't own a Cricut or BigShot (or similar equipment) so I appreciate seeing techniques that don't use -- or at least don't DEPEND on -- supplies such as those. Thanks!
Mary  |  Wed Aug 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM
I wonder if it bled because of the brand of ep you used. I don't think Beate mentioned what brand she uses.
Gia Siana  |  Thu Aug 4, 2011 at 6:56 AM
Thanks Holly...I just read your response to my question. I'll be giving it a try as soon as I can find some time. August is a miserably busy month for me.
Gia Siana  |  Thu Aug 4, 2011 at 7:03 AM
I tried this technique twice. Both times when I did the last step and applied heat, the image ran together so bad it was unrecognizable. What am I doing wrong? Would like it to work because I like the effect.
Janine  |  Thu Aug 4, 2011 at 8:42 AM
this is really cute idea, i am going to try it right away.
marlene geiger  |  Thu Aug 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Love this technique, cannot wait to try it. I have just introduced embossing to my 15 yo niece, she has stubbornly refused to be drawn into my crafting world, but I showed her how to emboss and she loved it. Will have something new to show her now, thanks so much.
Christi Hicks  |  Thu Aug 4, 2011 at 5:58 PM
Mona, a regular hair dryer does not get hot
enough, a heat gun gets much hotter!
Linda Gilliam  |  Thu Aug 4, 2011 at 6:50 PM
I tried this technique to-day. Worked a treat! Thanks so much for sharing.
Goosha  |  Fri Aug 5, 2011 at 4:30 AM
Wonderful instruction video! I can't wait to try this. Thank you.
smadson  |  Sat Aug 6, 2011 at 7:51 AM
this is super cool, I will have to give this a try...thanks Holly!
Teresa Kline  |  Mon Aug 8, 2011 at 10:35 AM
I had the privilege of embossing in our monthly stampinup class. We made a card for Father's
Day using the cowboy on the horse stamp. Wow. I gave it to my husband and he said to add it to my collection because it was too nice to throw away. I was relieved and grateful because of all the work it took, since it was my first time. I am so happy I am in that class. It has taught me ways to use color as I have never done before.

Thank you for this video. We forget how to do the new things if we don't practice, if you know what I mean....
Luisita  |  Mon Aug 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM
I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy your videos. Your quaint voice is soothing to listen too. I have come across tuts where the person narrating has a voice like fingernails being run across a blackboard. You're tuts are very thorough and your ideas are even better! What a fantastic way to teach this old dog some new tricks. Thank you so much Beate!
Dawn L  |  Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 5:38 AM
What does Versamark do, that regular black ink doesn't, for embossing?

I anxiously wait for Wednesdays and the latest tutorials from Splitcoaststampers. I'm never disappointed!! Thanks so much!!!
Elaine  |  Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 7:39 AM
Thanks for this excellent video. I will try this technique, thanks for sharing,
jogry/bali  |  Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 4:31 AM
Has anyone tried heating the embossing powder from the underside of the paper? I've done that with other projects, & it seems like I have more control of how it melts.

It's easier to SEE the powder melt when heating it from underneath & it's pretty cool looking!
Jannarama  |  Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 7:35 AM
Jannarama, that sounds like a neat ideal , I will try that tech. the next time I emboss.
linda  |  Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 8:13 AM
Love this technique, Holly... very pretty card, too!
Sharon Field  |  Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 6:17 AM

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