Watch These Butterflies Shimmer – Karen Hasheck

Nuvo Embossing

Nuvo Embossing powder is a rich and thick formula that leaves a luxe coating on all your embossing powder projects. The finish has a luxurious quality. US Blog Ambassador Karen shares her technique for creating deep embossed butterflies. This technique is perfect for use on all of Tonic Studios wonderfully detailed dies.

Embossed card background

I started with a black card front and stamped the Juliet Butterfly stamp with Versamark ink randomly and heat embossed those butterflies with gold embossing powder. Then I filled in the rest of the card front with silver embossed butterflies. I used gold crystal drops and silver glitter drops to show the flight of the butterflies on the card background.

One key to success with this technique is to choose a die that is not too intricate with a matching stamp. I chose Tonic’s Juliet Butterfly die and stamp. I used the outside edge of the die and trimmed off the small antennae and body pieces when I die cut it out of chipboard three times. The embossing powder layers need to be melted from underneath, so I used an electric griddle heated to 300 degrees. I placed the butterfly chipboard piece on a heat resistant craft sheet and covered it with Tonic clear embossing powder. A glass cover can be placed over it to speed the melting.

Deep Impressions #1#2

Once the molten embossing powder cools just a bit, the stamp can be removed to reveal the lovely deep embossed gold and silver butterfly.


I repeated this process on two more butterflies.

Nuvo Embossing

I attached one of the butterflies with an adhesive dot and a dimensional dot to the side of the black card front. I attached two of the butterflies together with dimensional dots and then to the card front with adhesive dots.

Dies: Juliet Butterfly Set with matching stamp 1042E Tools: Tonic Trimmer and Scissors, heat gun, Tonic Tangerine Die-Cutting Machine 138E Adhesives: Tonic Funky Glue Pen, Tonic Funky Tape Runner, pop dots, glue dots Cardstock: black, chipboard Other: Nuvo Clear, Classic Gold and Classic Silver embossing powders, Versamark ink, Bright Gold Nuvo Crystal Drops, Nuvo Silver Moondust Glitter Drops, electric griddle, various utensils, Ranger craft mat, glass cover


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