Hot glue embossing

When I saw the challenge at CAS Mixup to have a go at layered embossing, I thought about the hot glue gun technique which I’ve been wanting to try for a while.  So here are two cards using this technique, with layers of hot glue, and two embossing powders, gold and “midnight sparkle”.

This first one is in Colour Throwdown’s colours of blue, mulberry and gold, though neither colour came out quite as dark as I would have liked. But they are pretty at this intensity I think, so I’ve not added more paint.

Hot glue squiggle made on watercolour paper, dragged with a piercing tool. Heated up once dry (it dried almost too quickly to drag!) and embossing powder sprinkled on, then the heat tool applied again, and in some places more heating and embossing powder. Once dry I watercoloured in between the lines.   I hoped it would come out like waves, but it doesn’t “say” that to me. However – squiggle it definitely is!

Entered in Colo(u)r Throwdown #495  


and CASOLOGY #302 Squiggle

With the second one I resisted the temptation to watercolour as I thought it looked best as it was: just a simple sentiment in Uniko’s Simply Said, in Delicata golden ink, because I am HOPELESS at embossing sentiments! And didn’t want to detract from the rest of the embossing and the wonderful texture.  Tried matting it on different colours and found the right gold and then black card base came out nicest. This is my favourite of the two. You can clearly see the difference between the two embossing powders on this one. I’ve added a couple of extra pics to show the fab texture

Entered in CAS on Friday’s #134 Embossing challenge

Crafty Gals #166 Anything Goes

AAA Cards #116  4th Big Birthday Bash

But actually neither of them are suitable for CAS Mixup, so I will have to carry on experimenting. What fun!


Tired after play
Inspiration fading now
Lots of fun was had!

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carole Campanile
    Jun 03, 2018 @ 20:44:41

    Beautiful. I will have to try that technique soon.

  2. Jacquie
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 04:57:52

    What a cool technique – the first card looks like a piece of modern art! Thanks for sharing with us at CASology this week!

  3. Jane
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 10:45:46

    Oh the black card is just so elegant and high class. Totally love it! Thanks for linking it up and joining in with AAA Cards birthday celebrations!

  4. Janet
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 16:31:33

    LOVE these embossed squiggles. I would love to try this. Thanks for joining in the fun as CASology this week.

  5. karen h
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 20:45:58

    Beautiful cards! I really wanna try this technique! Thanks for joining us at CASology!

  6. TracyM #6773
    Jun 05, 2018 @ 11:48:32

    WOW – WONDERFUL cards and SUPER COOL technique!
    Thank You for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner 🙂

  7. Jeanie Ellis
    Jun 05, 2018 @ 20:58:05

    Wow! Love the technique! Mine never come out as beautiful! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner Challenges this week. Be sure to join us next time too!
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  8. Joyce
    Jun 05, 2018 @ 22:52:59

    Fantastic technique. I’ve never seen it before. Makes for a wonderfully abstract card. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

  9. Cheryl
    Jun 09, 2018 @ 19:09:49

    I’ve never seen this technique before but you created two gorgeous cards with it! I love the simplicity in the second one. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards challenges.

  10. Melissa
    Jun 10, 2018 @ 01:33:02

    Very cool, Helen! I love this beautifully abstract CAS card. Great color combination. Thanks for joining in at AAA Cards.

  11. Cathy R
    Jun 10, 2018 @ 13:21:43

    These cards look amazing and I love the look of that technique. Also love your haiku!