Faux Shadow

Happy Monday, Stampers! I hope your weekend was restful and you had some time to stamp. We had a glorious weekend weather-wise. I finished my swaps for the San Diego On Stage and prepped all my kits for our Pals Rage before On Stage Make & Take. I’m feeling pretty good. Then I remembered I need to make designs for my April class and for the Stamp Club I belong to (I’m presenting in May). Put that on my list of Things to Do! 🙂

I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire on Friday and on Saturday decided to try this new technique of making a faux shadow so the lettering almost looks puffy. After 5 attempts I finally got something I thought was presentable.

I decided to take the photos outside so that the copper sparkle would show. That’s a strip of leftover copper paper from the Holiday Catalog with Blushing Bride Embossing Powder and Copper Embossing Powder.

Now this shot really has the glimmer!

A little shadow from the lemon leaves but you get the idea.

This technique requires two layers of embossing with the second stamping a tiny bit off of the first. I tried Blushing Bride with Cherry Cobbler, White with Silver and the Blushing Bride with Copper – all on black cardstock. I also tried Clear with Blushing Bride on Rich Razzleberry – that was a disaster! My first attempt with the Blushing Bride and Copper didn’t look great so I tried it again and got this.

Basically what you do is: Embossing Buddy, Versa Mark ink, stamp, first embossing powder (in my case, Blushing Bride), heat, Embossing Buddy, Versa Mark ink,  stamp, second embossing powder (Copper for me), heat and you have it! Remember to line up and then move over a bit for your second stamp. That is what gives it the puffed up look.

Jennifer McGuire has  a great video and she gives very clear instructions. 


Stampin’ Up Products Used:

Stamp Set – Time of Year

Ink – Versa Mark

Paper – Blushing Bride, Blooms & Bliss DSP, Copper Foil (R), Black

Accessories – Embossing Buddy, Blushing Bride Embossing Powder (R), Copper Embossing Powder, Heat Tool



The trick to this technique is to use a photopolymer stamp since you really need to see through it to know where and how much to move over on your second stamp.

I’m always looking for new techniques and unique folds so this really approach appealed to me. I hope you enjoyed this card and will check out Jennifer’s video and try it yourself.

This will be a busy week for me.  I’m really looking forward to our Make & Take on Friday with other Pals demonstrators coming in from various cities. On Saturday we will attend Stampin’ Up! On Stage here in San Diego. At that time we’ll get a sneak peek at the new annual catalog. Sorry, won’t be able to share online until June 1.  On that day I’ll be able to put the new catalog up on the right hand side of my blog and say good-bye to the current one. This is always an exciting time of year.

Have a great week and keep stamping!

Happy Stamping!    Donna



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