Heat Embossing with a Versamark Pen – Magnolia Thank You Card

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on her blog Blue Scallop Creations and on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

I love big, bold stamped flowers, but what do you do when the flowers are supposed to be white?  How do you add some texture or interest so it doesn’t just lay flat on the card?  Adding detail with a Versamark pen can make all the difference.

For today’s card, I stamped and cut out the large magnolia from Avery Elle’s Magnolia stamp set.  After adding a bit of color with some alcohol markers, including gray for the underside of the petals, I colored in the top petals with the thick end of my Versamark pen.  After every 3 or 4 petals, I sprinkled white embossing powder over the top and ran my heat gun over it to add some texture and shine.  Before heat embossing, you can use a small, stiff paint brush to brush away any excess powder.

You can see the difference here.  The petals are still white like a magnolia bloom, but they have a little more definition with the embossing.  This is a great technique to try with colored embossing powder too!

To finish my card, I dry embossed a piece of vellum using Sizzix/Tim Holtz’ Texture Fades Wood Planks embossing folder, then adhered it over the top of a piece of gray cardstock using some Tombow tape runner.  This is a nice adhesive for vellum because it barely shows through.  I adhered the “board” to the top right corner of an A2 white note card using foam tape.

After adding my magnolia to the gray panel, I filled in any black outlines that had stray embossing powder on them with my Sakura Micron pen.

To finish, I added a sentiment included in the stamp set.

I always have a Versamark pen in my tool drawer for techniques like this or even just little touch-ups with regular heat embossing.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

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