Embossing for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  Many thanks for the kind thoughts about my post yesterday and the video tutorial.  I think I get a bit nervous thinking I’m going to mess up instructions, but perhaps I’ll get the hang of it! 🙂

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week it’s all about “embossing“!  Now there are a few different ways to emboss and I happen to love them all!  So you could do heat embossing, “dry” embossing with an embossing folder or even maybe do some embossing paste!  However you emboss it, we look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Here’s the card I made for the challenge:


TRICK OR TREATS?!!  Oh my word now how stinkin’ cute are these penguins?!  Don’t they look like they just rang your door bell for Halloween?! LOL!  That penguin image that I’ve used here is from Whimsy Stamps called Penguin Trick or Treaters and oh were they fun to color!

I was inspired to create with them for this embossing challenge, so I took a piece of Bristol Smooth Watercolor Paper and stamped the stars from the Whimsy Stamps Basic Christmas Backgrounds clear stamp set with a pigment black ink.  I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set them.  Then I went over the stars with some distress inks (Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet & Blueprint Sketch)  and ink foam blending tool.  I also spritzed some water over it for the water droplet look.

All of the panels including the card base were cut from the Whimsy Stamps Notched Squares die set.  So I took the finished colored panel and attached it over a black die cut panel and then I took a piece of orange cardstock that was die cut and ran an embossing folder over it. I rubbed a white ink pad over it to pop out the details in the embossing and then I mounted it over the die cut black card base.

After coloring the penguins, they were fussy cut out and popped up with foam tape over the colored panel.  I had an older Halloween set of dies that I couldn’t part with from Whimsy Stamps and I cut out some bats from black cardstock and attached those to the starry background.  I also added some drops with some Tonic Studios Silver Glitter Accents for a bit of sparkle.


Here’s a closer look at these cute little trick-or-treaters and how I’ve colored them up.  I have used the following Copic markers to color them with:

  • Penguin bodies – C8, C3, C1, 0blender, R00, YR27, YR24, Y35, White gel pen
  • Pumpkin – YR27, YR18, YR14, YR21, R20, YG67, YG63, YG61
  • Candy Bag – E33, E31, E30, wrote letters with Copic liner
  • Sheriff Costume – E89, E87, E84, E81, W5, W3, W1, Silver gel pen
  • Pirate Costume – R39, R37, R35, R32
  • Witch Costume – V17, V15, V12, YR07, YR04, Silver gel pen


I think these look like a fun group to go trick-or-treating with, don’t you?! 🙂

I hope  you’ve enjoyed my fun Halloween card today and were inspired in some way!

21 thoughts on “Embossing for Cute Card Thursday

  1. I am not a Halloween fan, but your penguin group (and the whole card) is adorable.
    xxx Margreet


  2. Oh, Vicki, the background is superb and your coloring on the penguin is marvelous! Wonderful embossing. I wasn’t really thinking about Halloween, yet, but I suddenly realize it’ll be here before we can blink. Thanks for inspiring me to get going.


  3. Who would have thought those adorable penguins could look this cute all dressed up for Halloween? Great scene making and fabulous fussy cutting and colouring. Stunning card Vicki x.


  4. Fabulous design just lov the stunning background great design as well Love and hugs Carole x


  5. This is the cutest, least scary Halloween card I’ve seen yet, and I love it! Great coloring and a wonderful design, with just enough bats to keep it a Halloween theme 🙂


  6. This is stunning Vicki, I love your embossed background layer and your fabulous inky layer. So love these penguins too and you colored them perfectly! Hope you have a fabulous weekend, hugs Debxx


  7. What a sensational background for these delightful trick-or-treating penguins, Vicki!! Awesome work!!


  8. Oh my gosh- I so love love this wonderful card- fun and sweet image! Your colors are magical- I just love this card!


  9. Oh these penguins are just too cute – all dressed up for Halloween – I do sen out Halloween cards to my grand kids, and my chemo buddies. I’m going to have to check this image out. Great coloring as always and love the starry night sky.


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