“Smeared” heat embossing technique

Hi friends. Today I’m sharing a fun technique that came by accident. I was doing some heat embossing on a card a few days ago when I accidentally smeared it while it was still hot. At first, I wasn’t happy I just ruined my project, but then I thought the look was kinda cool. I knew it would be the perfect technique for the candles in THIS stamp set…

Here is my card…

So how did I get the look of the candles being blown out?  I stamped all the candle flames in VersaMark ink on to black cardstock and heat embossed them using THIS embossing powder. After I applied the heat, I waited a few seconds and swiped the image from left to right using my finger wrapped in a clean white paper towel. I chose black as my background so the heat would pick some of that color up and give a gray look (which I thought resembled smoke). 
TIP: I tried this technique out several times on scratch paper before creating this card. I encourage you to do the same for best results and to find the perfect timing of when to smear the heated embossing powder.  
For the rest of the card, I heat embossed the candles using some purple embossing powder and the sentiment using THIS embossing powder. I die-cut the panel and the silver one behind it using THIS frame die. I adhered them both to a piece of Simon Says Stamp Doll pink cardstock which is included in THIS kit…
Simon Says Stamp was kind enough to send me one to play with and I can’t say enough good things about it. I love the colors, all the gold foiling, and who doesn’t need birthday cards on hand!? 
I hope you give this “smeared” heat embossing technique a try. I think it would be so fun with cloud images as well. Thanks for stopping by! 

14 Comments

  1. Tanya McAlexander
    April 13, 2015

    this really turned out awesome!! I can't believe this was a mistake, but then again a lot of good things in life have been mistakes. Anyhow it turned out awesome.

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  2. cindy lou
    April 12, 2015

    I thought you did the "blowing of the candles" on purpose. Awesome touch to the card.

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  3. Sue D.
    April 12, 2015

    I am glad you found a useful way to turn a mistake into something quite clever…good on you! Super card – I like the colors.

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  4. Angela Almond
    April 11, 2015

    your ideas for this card kit are terrific! I loved the smeared embossing powder technique–how clever!
    (your sequin party banners in other blog posts are pretty darn cute as well!) Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Roxy Timmons
    April 11, 2015

    Wow you r full of great ideas love those candles being blown out lol great

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  6. Shona Austin
    April 10, 2015

    Great technique. Practice makes perfect.

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  7. sunnee63
    April 10, 2015

    what a great effect!!! thanks for sharing it!!

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  8. RedGem
    April 10, 2015

    Oh may… great technique! I love the colors you used on this card… can't hardly wait to play with my kit!

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  9. Teresa Doyle
    April 10, 2015

    SO SYINKIN' CUTE!!!!

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  10. Beth H.
    April 10, 2015

    This is seriously AWESOME!

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  11. Lisa Young
    March 26, 2015

    Very creative!!! Looks like the candles were being blown out!!!

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  12. Lorraine A
    March 25, 2015

    oooh you clever girl !! this is FABULOUS !! 🙂 great technique !! 🙂

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  13. Mary-Anne V
    March 22, 2015

    What a great way to use your " mistake" love the imagery it evokes.

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  14. Shirley
    March 21, 2015

    Your slight "mistake" turned out perfect! I like how the candles look like they have been blown…cool effect. Neat card!

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