More ways to use your stamp pads technique series with video PART ONE

What can we do with our normal, standard dye ink pads? We can stamp on paper, water color and also use them with heat embossing. Many more options too! In this new series, I will explore each week (on Tuesdays) all of the possibilities we have with our stamp pads of dye ink that are on hand in our craft stash.  Today I will heat emboss an image without using VersaMark sticky ink. You can do it, too!


watercolor easter card by Jenny Hall


measurements for this project:
Chocolate Chip card stock card base is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Chocolate Chip card stock layer: 3 3/4″ x 5″
Watercolor paper: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″
Chocolate Chip card stock scrap for sentiment


watercolor easter card by Jenny Hall

The concept of heat embossing an image is this: Using a sticky ink to hold tiny plastic pellets of powder in place so they can then be melted to form a solid design. This plastic design is also water proof and is melted onto the paper to create something with a raised texture. This method of stamping an image allows white powder to show up nicely on dark card stock and it’s also great as a barrier to keep water outside of the stamped image. Commonly crafters use a special ink to create the stamped portion, an ink that will stay sticky long enough to sprinkle the powder in place.

My suggestion for demonstrating this project is to skip the special ink and simply use the stamp pads you would use in everyday crafting. The reason to typically not use these ink pads, is that the dye ink dries much faster than VersaMark. The paper soaks up dye ink really fast, which would not leave anything for the embossing powder to stick to. By getting all of the supplies in place before stamping, there is just enough time to get that powder onto the colored ink.

What is the advantage to using your stamp pads? For obvious reasons, using a colored ink offers many more options and opportunities for creating cards. For this project, I wanted a heat embossed image that I could watercolor but I wanted the image to be brown. By using my brown stamp pad, I got the clear embossing powder on the ink, heat set the image and then had exactly what I wanted in my design. Typically, it is the color of the powder that determines the color of the image but with using your own colored ink, YOU can determine the color of the image.

For a visual demonstration of this project, take a look at the video I made for this project.

watercolor easter card by Jenny Hall


I made a video tutorial for this card project, CLICK HERE TO WATCH or watch below:


Here is a list of supplies I used to make this card project. Links are here that you can click to get product info and purchase items, at no additional cost to you, as well. Thank you for your support with your purchase 🙂

watercolor easter card by Jenny Hall

Having a new technique is a great way to stretch your craft supplies. Next week I will offer up another suggestion for using your stamp pads for ways other than standard stamping an image. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m so glad you are here 🙂


-Jenny Hall

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watercolor easter card by Jenny Hall


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