Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tutorial #2 scratch n sniff embossing and some MOJO!!

Today is the second tutorial for embossing. I made my sample using this weeks fab sketch from julee over on poetic artistry. I had a number of raves about the embossed oranges at the end of the last tutorial so I decided to use them again since they are perfect for todays lesson - scratch n sniff cards - YEP! my oranges smell like oranges!! Now how cool is that? This was our technique for last month's technique club with my SU demo, Stacey. The oranges are from SU's Tart N Tangy set that was on special recently.

So HOW do we do this? Unsweetened kool-aid mixed into your clear embossing powder!! In fact you can mix ANY unsweetened powder in - I am anxious to try some other such as cocoa powder, nutmeg, cinnamon - oh imagine the Christmas cards :) - just remember UNSWEETENED because sugar will burn when you melt the powder with your heat gun.

so the ratio is 1 part powder and 2 parts clear embossing powder. some people use actual teaspoons but i have a favorite measuring scoop i use for everything - you will see it often:

Just a plastic pallette knife - i have a couple. so for this card i just took 4 scoops from the kool aid and 8 scoops from the clear embossing powder:

And then mix them well:

NOW the powder will have a slight tint from the powder but not much so i swiped with my embossing buddy and then I stamped my image using ranger sunset orange pigment pad - remember pigment inks stay wet long enough to emboss. You can use versamark for this too. Then sprinkle on your embossing mixture just like before and tap off the excess. This is best with a stamp that is solid or at least has a lot of surface area to cover with the powder - the more powder the more scent! Here is the image un-heated - under the OTT light you can see the grainyness of the powder.

NOw heat until the powder melts - remember not to over heat:

Be sure to let the image cool completely before handling or the kool aid may smudge a bit! now when you scratch the oranges you smell oranges! For my card i smudged the edges with more sunset orange dye ink (so it dried faster) and mounted according to the sketch i was following. the orange dots are orange stickles. The sentiment is a studio G stamp from my vast collection. Remember for these - sand them a bit before first use and your image will be crisp and clear!

Tomorrow we will do a background with shimmery embossing powder and then we will be on to distress embossing powders and even some UTEE!



  1. Wow! Kool-aid? KOOL Tutorial!! :)
    Mmmm... that card looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. How clever! Great card. TFS

  3. what a great tutorial, can't wait to try this!! Thanks sooo much.

  4. I've always wanted to try this technique. I need to see if I have any Kool-aid! Awesome job!!

  5. Can I eat the card? ;) Nifty cool technique!

  6. Cant wait to try this. Hope you don't mind I linked this technique on my blog

  7. great tutorial,
    Your work is really appreciable.First time i have visited your blog so i think it is very good way of introducing yourself.Thanks for sharing.