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Embossing with Glycerine and Eye shadow

Embossing is the process of creating raised relief images and designs on paper and other materials.

Β DIY embossing using glycerine and eye shadow- create pretty, delicate and shimmery images using products you have at home to embellish cards, tags and wrapping paper - Full tutorial on website

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Β 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.

DIY embossing using glycerine and eye shadow- create pretty, delicate and shimmery images using products you have at home to embellish cards, tags and wrapping paper - Full tutorial on website

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.

DIY embossing using glycerine and eye shadow- create pretty, delicate and shimmery images using products you have at home to embellish cards, tags and wrapping paper - Full tutorial on website

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!

DIY embossing using glycerine and eye shadow- create pretty, delicate and shimmery images using products you have at home to embellish cards, tags and wrapping paper - Full tutorial on website

If you enjoyed this tutorial, please check out some of other crafts that can be made with store cupboard items - such as dyeing with stains and Marbling bottles with nail polish.

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DIY embossing using glycerine and eye shadow- create pretty, delicate and shimmery images using products you have at home to embellish cards, tags and wrapping paper - Full tutorial on website

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42 Comments

  • Reply Margaret

    Hey these are great, I do have all the other things for stamping but this would be great for children to do ,I don’t let children use my expensive gear.i have used a pearl ex powder which is almost the same as eye shadow, just a little tricky……. if the eye shadow rubs off spray the image with heap hair spray and it will fix it and not allow it to rub off.
    Happy crafting

    November 15, 2016 at 10:00 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Margaret, great tip about the hairspray – will definitely try that next time. We came up with this project for exactly the reason you stated – letting the kids get creative with out them exhausting my craft stash!

      November 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Oh wow, that’s seriously cool. I don’t wear make up but I might just have to buy me some eye shadow, lol. Hubby is going to think I’ve gone bonkers or have a boyfriend πŸ˜‰

    August 25, 2016 at 8:56 am
  • Reply A Patchwork Life

    Looks really fun to do and so effective! Lovely πŸ™‚
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    February 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you, we had lots of fun with this craft. We’re thinking of making some Valentines cards the same way πŸ™‚

      February 3, 2016 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Coombe Mill

    I love the use of eye shadow for your powder, this would really appeal to Clio who seams to have built up a mountain of the stuff at just age 11! Certainly makes thank you cards look special and a lot more thoughtful than anything bought or drawn as mine usually do. Spices might be good too to make a sensory card as I did with my crayons. I may just have to try this. thank you so much for sharing with me over on #Trash2Treasure

    February 1, 2016 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Spice is a great idea – could make a scratch and sniff card like the stickers we used to get πŸ™‚

      February 3, 2016 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Agent Spitback

    That’s very clever! Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

    January 24, 2016 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Who Let the Mum Out?

    Looks great! I’m going to try this out.
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    January 22, 2016 at 12:46 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s fun and easy, without having to invest in a load of craft materials πŸ™‚

      January 22, 2016 at 11:27 pm
  • Reply This Mum's Life

    What a great idea! I’m always looking for new craft ideas, as my 2 are really starting to get into crafts now! I love them too! The pretty purses from pockets post looks really interesting, I’ll have to check that out too!!
    #abitofevetything
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    January 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks πŸ™‚ It’s fun trying out new craft ideas, and even better if you can re-purpose something you already have!

      January 22, 2016 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply wendy

    I want to give this a try…the butterflies are so pretty. Fab idea and great tutorial xx #abitofeverything

    January 20, 2016 at 11:55 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you – butterflies are a lovely image, and work well with the sparkle of the eye shadow x

      January 22, 2016 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply Crummy Mummy

    This looks like great fun – what a good idea! #abitofeverything
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    January 20, 2016 at 10:54 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The kids had loads of fun with this craft – they spent ages on it πŸ™‚

      January 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Silly Mummy

    Great tutorial – these are so pretty! #abitofeverything

    January 20, 2016 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    This looks fab! I really want to do more ‘messy’ crafts this year, rather than just sticking to paper πŸ™‚
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    January 19, 2016 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply A Cornish Mum

    That butterfly is just gorgeous, I love butterflies things with them on pop up all over out house πŸ™‚

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x
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    January 14, 2016 at 9:29 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks, I love butterflies too, and they do look pretty with the glittery effect. The cards went down very well with the grandparents πŸ™‚

      January 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply There's always time for tea

    They look lovely and so simple too! I need to do some crafty stuff with the kids will try and remember this one! xx #picknmix
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    January 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The kids spent ages playing around with this, they always enjoy messing around with craft ideas – sure they secretly miss being toddlers!

      January 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    This is fab! I love the idea of using household items to do crafts and I’ve never tried embossing as you need more things (expense!). I don’t have any eyeshadow (I don’t like wearing make up!), but could easily get some cheap from the Β£1 shop. Definitely need to have a go at this. Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday πŸ™‚ x
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    January 6, 2016 at 1:11 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Jenny πŸ™‚ Buying craft items does really add up so I love a good recycling project too. There’s actually quite a lot you can do with glycerine so I’ve got a couple more things planned for later in the year that I know you’ll love too x

      January 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Robyn

    Lovely idea! These look really great and I’m a huge fan of personalised cards and stationary (and butterflies!) Very creative – I’ve never used glycerine before and would never have thought to do something like this πŸ™‚
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    January 4, 2016 at 9:03 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I think its lovely to make your own cards and tags too, and it was a very sneaky way to get the kids to do their thank you cards without them realising they were doing a job πŸ™‚

      January 4, 2016 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

    This is very cool! Great idea when you have ran out of paint and the shops are closed but you need a card. Result I say! πŸ™‚ #HowtoSunday
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    January 4, 2016 at 12:53 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks πŸ™‚ From what I can work out it’s what they use to make the embossing pads that you can buy in the shops.

      January 4, 2016 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Bear and Cardigan

    This looks so easy. Once you’ve sprinkled the powder on do you have to leave it to dry? I’ve never used glycerine.
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    January 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Sara at Handy Herbs

    That looks like a really clever idea! I’ve only ever used glycerine for making peppermint creams. Looks simple and effective. Thanks for sharing #HowtoSundays and Happy New Year!
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    January 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I love finding extra uses for things. The kids had great fun with this project πŸ™‚

      January 3, 2016 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    This is so fab! I love this idea and is really helpful for the kids! we will have great fun trying this out #howtosunday
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    January 3, 2016 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s great fun for kids, and I love a craft project that you can do without having to buy loads of bits and bobs – the cost soon mounts up!

      January 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Great idea – think we will give this a try. Mummy is going to Poundland tomorrow, may have to raid the make-up aisle! Sarah #howtosunday
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    January 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s amazing what you can find in there. Hope you have great fun trying it πŸ™‚

      January 3, 2016 at 8:17 pm

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