White Embossing Technique for a Soft Card

I’ve been using my white embossing powder a lot lately.

Notably, white embossing powder was used on white cardstock for this Octopus Shaker Card to showcase an emboss resist technique. Today I’m using it for a similar craft skill called the White Embossing Technique to create a soft background on this birthday card.

White embossing technique with bird ballad card

I used the flowers and leaf stamps from the same set as that pretty bird from the Free as a Bird stamp set. Truly this is the easiest way to ensure a card includes similar characteristics for continuity, and people will saw “aww” when they see your well-designed piece.

This technique is useful and appropriate for not only a subdued birthday card, but also for “Thinking of You” and Sympathy cards. For this reason, you can try this versatile skill on any of your backgrounds!

As soon as you get comfortable with this stunning but easy technique, I’ll bet you’ll want to try it for many of your cards as well as your other projects.

See below for how to create this soft look on your projects using the White Embossing technique.

Steps to create the White Embossing Bird Card:

Cut Cardstocks:

  • Whisper White: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ to form a card base, Scrap for bird
  • Balmy Blue: 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Vellum: 1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″

White Emboss Background:

  • Using versamark ink, stamp the large and small flowers, as well as the leaves from the Free as a Bird stamp set randomly around your balmy blue piece. Don’t overlap your stamping.
  • Sprinkle with White Embossing powder, and tap the excess back into your jar.
  • Heat the powder with a heat tool until it’s shiny.
  • Adhere your background to the front of the card base.

Create Banner:

  • Using versamark ink, stamp your sentiment on the left side of the vellum.
  • Sprinkle with white embossing powder, and tap the excess back into your jar.
  • Heat the powder slowly with the heat tool until it’s shiny.
  • On your scrap piece of white, stamp your bird with brown ink. Color in with the daffodil delight Stampin’ Blends markers. Fussy-cut, and adhere to the right side of the vellum.
  • Using dimensionals, adhere the vellum piece over your white embossed background.

TIP: To keep the dimensionals hidden under the vellum, apply them under the bird, and cut small strips to apply them behind some of the larger letters in the sentiment.


Embossing Buddy




Versamark Pad




Stitched All Around Cling-Mount Stamp Set


Such a simple technique with so many uses!


White embossing technique bird ballad pinterest

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With this card, I’m playing along with the Dragonfly Dreams Challenge – Things with Wings, and The Flower Challenge – #34 Pretty Pastels, and Stampin Up Only Challenge – #228 New Catalog Favorites

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Happy Crafting!

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11 Responses

  1. Lisa J says:

    I am so rubbish at embossing and no matter which powder I use it is never white lol! You have made a lovely card. Thanks for playing along with us at Dragonfly Dreams. Lisa DT

  2. Love it Laura – that white embossing is so pretty against the new blue colour – thanks for joining in with Stampin Up Only challenge this week – Fiona, DT xx

  3. Maria A Rodriguez says:

    Love, love the white embossed background on your card, it truly looks perfect.
    The little yellow bird really stands out.
    Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.

  4. Hi Laura. Beautiful feminine card and great heat embossing. Love the bird! Thank you so much for joining us at SUOChallenges.com. We hope to see you again tomorrow for a new challenge.

  5. Simple technique, but very effective. Love the look of the white EP on the Balmy Blue background! Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges, hope to see you for our next challenge starting soon!

    • laurascraftcloset.com says:

      Thank you, Christy! I like the white on blue look, too – I might have to try it again!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I know this art since 20 years back,I prepared more than 100 different types of things. I am 70 plus,but I go through new techniques and designs. There is lots of new stuff, really I like and happy to see this. Keep watching and add more knowledge about this lovely art.Thanks.
    Mrs. Bhatt from Abad Gujarat.

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