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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Who Let the Mum Out? January 22, 2016 - 12:46 am

Looks great! I’m going to try this out.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 22, 2016 - 11:27 pm

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

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This Mum's Life January 21, 2016 - 1:40 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 22, 2016 - 11:29 pm

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

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wendy January 20, 2016 - 11:55 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 22, 2016 - 11:33 pm

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

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Crummy Mummy January 20, 2016 - 10:54 am

This looks like great fun – what a good idea! #abitofeverything

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 20, 2016 - 1:02 pm

The kids had loads of fun with this craft – they spent ages on it 🙂

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Silly Mummy January 20, 2016 - 1:34 am

Great tutorial – these are so pretty! #abitofeverything

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 20, 2016 - 1:20 pm

Thanks, and thanks for popping by 🙂

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Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) January 19, 2016 - 7:58 pm

This looks fab! I really want to do more ‘messy’ crafts this year, rather than just sticking to paper 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 20, 2016 - 1:25 pm

It’s great fun – perfect for a dull afternoon 🙂

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A Cornish Mum January 14, 2016 - 9:29 pm

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

Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

Stevie x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 15, 2016 - 7:38 pm

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

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There's always time for tea January 8, 2016 - 3:51 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 8, 2016 - 9:32 pm

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

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Jenny January 6, 2016 - 1:11 pm

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 £1 shop. Definitely need to have a go at this. Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 7, 2016 - 12:36 pm

Thanks Jenny 🙂 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

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Robyn January 4, 2016 - 9:03 am

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 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 4, 2016 - 9:06 pm

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 🙂

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Su {Ethan & Evelyn} January 4, 2016 - 12:53 am

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! 🙂 #HowtoSunday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 4, 2016 - 9:07 pm

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

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Bear and Cardigan January 3, 2016 - 8:46 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 3, 2016 - 8:51 pm

We didn’t with the stamps as they only pick up a little glycerine from the pad, but found that we needed to with the lettering using a paint brush as it went on much thicker 🙂

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Bear and Cardigan January 8, 2016 - 3:40 pm

Thankyou I am definitely going to try this!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 8, 2016 - 9:35 pm

It’s great fun, and I’m sure there’s other products you could substitute if you use your imagination. Actually just thought you could probably do an edible version with icing sugar – will have to think on that one!

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Sara at Handy Herbs January 3, 2016 - 6:49 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 3, 2016 - 8:09 pm

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

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Charlotte January 3, 2016 - 12:36 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 3, 2016 - 8:13 pm

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!

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Sarah January 3, 2016 - 12:03 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 3, 2016 - 8:17 pm

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

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