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Handmade Monday: Embossed Doily Valentine’s Day Card February 1, 2010

Filed under: craft,embossed valentines,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 6:23 am

With Valentine’s Day only 13 days away, it’s time to start making handmade Valentine’s for the most important people in your life. Today I want to share with you how to make an embossed doily Valentine’s Day card. If you have never embossed anything before, this technique is really fun and pretty simple, but it does require a special tool- a heat embossing gun. I finally got my a while back when I got a 50% off coupon from Joann Fabric in the mail. Normally the heat guns cost about $25, but if you can get one on sale or with a coupon then you can get it for about $15. There is one on sale now at It’s not the same brand as mine, but I don’t think it would vary much.

Besides the heat gun, you will need the following things to make this particular card (yes, there are more things in the photo that what you actually end up needing for this exact card- sorry, I was just getting started and wasn’t sure exactly what I would use)

What you will need for this card:

white paper, card stock preferably

pink paper, card stock preferably

scissors (regular paper scissors)

bone folder

ink pad,  I used pink, but whatever color you want is ok as long as it is lighter than the embossing powder in color

embossing powder, I used silver, but you can use what ever color you want

embossing heat gun

glue stick


paper heart doilys- mine were Wilton brand and I picked them up at the grocery store

The first step is to measure your white paper and cut it to the size you want your card to be. The card pictured is about 5 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches folded, so when you measure it would be 11″ by 5 1/2 “. I highly suggest you take the time to use a ruler to measure and draw your straight lines.  After you cut it out, you can fold it in half and then use the bone folder to crease the fold. A bone folder is not required, but it does make much better scored lines, or folds, than if you just try to fold paper with your hands. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can also use the back side of a butter knife. P.S. A bone folder doesn’t have to be made from bone- mine is a very hard plastic.

After you have cut and folded your card, if you want to, and you have the stamp to do it, you can put a “handmade by” stamp on the back of the card. Some people don’t care to do it, but I like to do it so the recipient know it is handmade with love.

Because I was going to be embossing anyway and I had the stuff out, I decided to go ahead and emboss this stamp. When you emboss with embossing powder, you sprinkle the powder right onto the wet ink as soon as you stamp, so be prepared to go. You have to work quick so the ink doesn’t dry. After you stamp, sprinkle the powder right onto the ink and shake off and it will look like this:

Before you apply heat, what you see basically looks like a very fine powder stuck to ink. Be careful not to wipe it with your finger or you will end up wiping the powder right off. Once you have put the powder on, get your heat gun and apply heat from about 4-6 inches away.

Be sure to sweep the heat gun back and forth. Do NOT hold it in one spot for very long or it will basically burn or blister the embossing powder. You can tell when the powder is done embossing because it will fuse together and raise up slightly and change color, too.

Ok, the next step is the fun (and messy) step.  You will need a piece of scrap paper to work on because what you are going to do is lay the doily down on the paper and turn the ink pad upside down and press ink all over the doily.

You will want to make the ink go on pretty thick, and you need to remember to work fast on this step because as soon as you are done inking the paper doily you need to pour the embossing powder all over the doily. I often operate under the theory that more is more, so just dump that embossing powder all over the doily to cover it really well. Any extra powder can be poured back into the container after. Your doily should then look like this:

It should be covered pretty well all over with embossing powder. Again, be really careful not to smudge or brush off any powder with your fingers. Right now it is going to look like a lot of powder is stuck all over the doily. That’s ok. The next step is to apply heat from the heat gun. Again, remember to sweep it back and forth slowly to avoid burning the paper or embossing powder. When you are done, you will have a very spectacular looking embossed doily. Up close you can see how the powder melts all together and forms an even, raised layer all over the doily.

The next step is to cut out the back ground color that you want to put behind the heart doily. I selected pink because I really liked the way it contrasted with the silver embossing powder.

The heart itself was about 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ inches, so I cut the back ground square at 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″. Again,  it helps to use a ruler to mark your lines before you cut so your square is square! After you cut out your square you are going to use a glue stick to glue the doily to the background color. Be very careful not to push much glue through the holes on the doily and be sure to get it best around the edges.

You may want to set a book on top the the doily to help it dry flat. Once it is dry, the next step is to rip (yes, rip) the paper against the grain all the way around the edges. Be careful not to tear too close to the heart. We are just wanting the outside edges to be distressed and torn looking like this:

Ok, the last step is to use the glue stick and put glue on the back of the torn edged paper and adhere it to the middle of the white card paper. Again, you may want to lay a book on top to keep it flat while it drys. Once it is dry, you have a beautiful handmade Valentine to give to someone you love very much!