Stray Embossing Powder

by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Embrace stray and random embossing powder placement as a design element. Stray powder can create wonderful texture and also works great to create highlights and as a resist effect.


  • Embossing ink (Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing and Watermark Ink used here)
  • Embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp White Detail Powder; Ranger: Lime Mixed Media Powder, Blueberry Speckle Powder used here)
  • Stencil (Simon Says Stamp Large Dots used here)
  • Paper (Ranger: Watercolor Paper, Distress Tags size #8; Tim Holtz idea-ology Journal Cards used here)
  • Ink-blending tools (Ranger tools used here)
  • Heat tool
  • Non-stick craft sheet (Ranger)
  • Stamps (Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Flowers, You Matter Background used here).
  • Other inks (Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black used for stamping; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks used for watercoloring: Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Ground Espresso, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot, Twisted Citron)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Sizzix Tim Holtz Crochet Thinlits, Die cutting machine (Big Shot), sequins, twine, lace trim)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp outline images on watercolor paper with a waterproof black ink pad.

    Any kind of image that has open space to color works great for the technique. It doesn’t have to be a flower.

  2. Step 2

    Apply embossing ink to areas of the image, using your finger for larger areas and the tip of the handle of a paint brush or another tool for details and smaller areas. You can also use a Q-tip or something similar.

    Cover with white embossing powder and melt the powder with a heat tool. Always be careful when using a heat tool so that you don’t burn yourself.

  3. Step 3

    Smear Distress Inks on a non-stick craft sheet and mist lightly with water. Pick up with a paint brush and watercolor the images. Start with the lighter shade and gradually build up darker colors and shading. The embossing powder will resist the ink.

  4. Step 4

    To apply the technique to a background: apply embossing ink through a stencil with an ink-blending tool onto a tag or other background panel. Then dab the tool around the edges and here and there on the design. Emboss with white powder.

  5. Step 5

    Ink the tag using an ink-blending tool. The embossing powder will resist the ink and create a great textured look.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp the background. Wipe the ink off from the embossed areas with a paper towel or cloth.

  7. Step 7

    Embellish the project as desired.

  8. Step 8

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Wonderful tutorial! Thank you for sharing your creative talents with your fellow crafters. Can't wait to try this :D
momhom  |  Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 2:48 AM
Great inspiration! I love a technique that embraces imperfection, as that’s what I get anyway. 😜
Experimental  |  Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 3:34 AM
Love this technique! Thanks for sharing.
Mar222  |  Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 3:54 AM
This looks like so much fun and so relaxing as there is no "right or wrong" effect...can't wait to give it a try!! TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 4:46 AM
Absolutely love these tips! Cannot wait to try. Thanks for the inspiration. smile
APMCreations  |  Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 5:50 AM
"Embrace the Stray" - love this technique. Thanks!
Teachybaby  |  Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 9:30 AM
Thanks for the great video!

shirlb19  |  Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 11:47 AM
Love the colors you chose for the background!
The Monitor  |  Wed Sep 16, 2020 at 8:33 PM
Love this, such a neat idea!
Conniecrafter  |  Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 8:22 PM

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