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