Embossing is the process of creating raised relief images and designs on paper and other materials.
One way of doing this is using embossing ink, adding embossing powders and then heating the powder until it melts. The results look fabulous on other people's tutorials, but we have none of those things in the house, so we devised our own version of embossing for the kids to make their Christmas thank you cards this week.
We used glycerine (from the baking aisle), shimmery powdered eye shadows (from Father Christmas who I suspect may have found them at the pound shop) and some rubber stamps that we already had. We simply poured glycerine onto some felt to make an ink pad, and stamped images onto our cards. We sprinkled the eye shadow over the top and used a soft make up brush to gently brush it over the entire image, and them brush the excess away.
We also tried using a paintbrush to write with the glycerine, which also worked well, although my Calligraphy could do with some work! Our stamped images looked really pretty in the flesh - the photos really don't do them justice, as they are so delicate and shimmery, they'd also look lovely on tags and wrapping paper. I think this technique would work well with any fine powder such as ground up chalk or maybe even flour - do let me know if you try with any of these before we do, or if anything else springs to mind - we'll definitely be try this again when we have more cards to make!