How to Make Embossing Using Glycerine and Eyeshadow

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

 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

 

Traditionally you use embossing ink, add embossing powders and then heat the powder until it melts. The results look fabulous on other people’s tutorials, but as we have none of those things in the house we devised our own version. This is our homemade version of  embossing which the kids used to make their Christmas thank you cards this week.

How to Make Embossing Using Glycerine and Eyeshadow

 

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, shimmery powdered eye shadows and some rubber stamps. We  poured glycerine onto felt to make an ink pad and stamped images onto our cards. Then we sprinkled the eye shadow over the top and used a soft make up brush to gently brush it over the entire image, before brushing 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 tried using a paintbrush to write with the glycerine, which also worked well.  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 would 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.  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, making DIY Fabric Paint and Marbling bottles with nail polish.


DIY embossing using glycerine and eye shadow- create pretty, delicate and shimmery images using products you have at home - Full tutorial on website

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42 comments

Margaret November 15, 2016 - 10:00 am

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 15, 2016 - 2:00 pm

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!

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Michelle August 25, 2016 - 8:56 am

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 😉

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 25, 2016 - 4:32 pm

Haha. I buy/pick up so many random things in the pursuit of craft!

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A Patchwork Life February 3, 2016 - 12:24 pm

Looks really fun to do and so effective! Lovely 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 3, 2016 - 5:55 pm

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

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Coombe Mill February 1, 2016 - 8:27 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 3, 2016 - 5:57 pm

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

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Agent Spitback January 24, 2016 - 9:04 am

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 24, 2016 - 4:53 pm

Thanks, and thanks for having us 🙂

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