Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Technique Tuesday - Encrusted Jewel Technique

Hi, Everyone,

It’s Technique Tuesday!

Today we will be experimenting with the Encrusted Jewel Technique. This technique uses embossing ink & embossing powder to encrust or encase Mica Fragments, Glass Glitter & BeaDazzles or other “jewels” into the embossing powder to add sparkle to your projects. In this technique it is very important to remember to heat set your paper from underneath not over top of your paper. This is done so your jewels/flakes/beads do not blow off your project before the embossing powder has had a chance to melt & adhere them to the surface. Today we will be creating a card showcasing this technique.


Let’s begin.


First, gather your embossing ink, embossing powders, & all the tiny “jewels” you will be using on your project. I have chosen Distress Embossing Ink, Zing Clear Embossing Powder, Stampendous Mica Fragments, Sterling Glass Glitter, & BeaDazzles. There are many varieties of glitters, beads, & fragments out there that will work. Treasured Memories has lots to choose from.

To create a background for my card, I stamped two broken glass stamps into Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink & stamped all over the card.


I then used the same Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink to ink around the edges of the card. I have discovered many beautiful images on Pinterest & have printed off and fussy cut this bird image to use today.



To begin, press the edges of the card into the embossing ink, sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, & heat set. Next, press the edges of the card into embossing ink a second time, sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, then sprinkle on some Mica Fragments, Glass Glitter & BeaDazzles. Finally, sprinkle a little bit of Clear Embossing Powder on top of the “jewels” then heat set from underneath. This is what it looks like before you heat set it the second time.


. . . And this is what it looks like after you heat set it from underneath when all the “jewels” are set in the embossing powder.


In order for my “jewels” to be totally encrusted, I press the edges of the card into embossing ink again, sprinkle on some Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), & heat set from underneath again.


I added two colours of Distress Core’dinations Cardstock to the front & back of the card & this is what the card looks like when it is finished. Below are some close-up views of how dimensional the Encrusted Jewel Technique really is.




Embossing Powders are not only beautiful finishes, they are melted mediums in which to encase beautiful “jewels“. Check out the many different varieties of BeaDazzles and Glitter the next time you are at Treasured Memories.

Have fun creating!

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