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Clean & Simple WOW! Birthday Card: WOW Embossing Powders

Hello, crafty friends! Today, I’m excited to share a project that will bring a touch of elegance and sparkle to your card-making endeavors. We’re diving into a Clean & Simple birthday card featuring the delightful Hey Little Flower Stamp Set, the versatile Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set, and the stunning WOW! Trio Speckled Pearls Embossing Powders. Let’s get started!

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Clean & Simple WOW! Birthday Card:

Discovering the Beauty of Embossing Powders

I’ve always been a fan of embossing powders for the magical transformation they bring to any project. When I first discovered WOW! Embossing Powders, I was hooked by their vibrant colors and unique finishes. The WOW! Trio Speckled Pearls Embossing Powders are particularly enchanting, with their speckled effect adding a whimsical touch to any stamped image.

For this project, I used the Speckled Egg, Speckled Sage, and Speckled Turquoise powders. Each one adds its own unique flair, making the flowers from the Hey Little Flower Stamp Set truly pop.

Clean & Simple WOW! Birthday Card by Rick Adkins

Crafting the Perfect Card

To begin, I masked off a section on my card front using Mint Tape. This simple step ensures a crisp, clean area for my stamped images. I’ve found that Mint Tape works wonderfully because it adheres well without tearing the cardstock when removed.

Next, I stamped the outline images from the Hey Little Flower Stamp Set. This set has such delicate and intricate designs, perfect for showcasing the beauty of the embossing powders. I carefully covered each stamped image with a different color from the WOW! Trio Speckled Pearls Embossing Powders and heat set them. Watching the powder melt and reveal its speckled magic never gets old!

Clean & Simple WOW! Birthday Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Adding Dimension with Distress Inks

Once the embossing was done, I added some depth by blending different shades of green distress inks over the embossed flowers. This technique not only highlights the embossing but also creates a lovely gradient effect. Here’s a pro tip: start with the lightest ink and build up the color gradually. This prevents harsh lines and ensures a smooth blend.

Removing the Mint Tape was a moment of satisfaction, revealing a beautifully framed section of embossed and inked flowers. It’s these little moments that make crafting so rewarding!

Clean & Simple WOW! Birthday Card by Rick Adkins Close Up View

Embossing the Sentiment and Mat Layer

For the sentiment, I chose “Happy Birthday” from the Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set. Stamping it with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and then covering it with WOW! Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder gives it a glossy, professional finish. The clarity and shine of the WOW! Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder really make the sentiment stand out against the background.

To add a cohesive look, I cut a piece of WOW! Superior Smooth White Cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4" for the mat layer. I inked the edges with WOW! Ultra Slow Drying Ink and covered them with Speckled Turquoise Embossing Powder, tying in the colors from the floral section. This extra step creates a framed effect that elevates the overall design.

Clean & Simple WOW! Birthday Card by Rick Adkins Side View

Bringing It All Together

Assembling the card was the final step. I layered the card front onto the embossed mat layer and then adhered the combined piece to an A2 card base. To add a touch of sparkle, I embellished the card with a few Emerald City Jewels from Pink Fresh Studio. These little gems catch the light beautifully, adding just the right amount of shimmer.

(Wondering what I used in this project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

Clean & Simple WOW! Birthday Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this deep dive into creating a Clean & Simple WOW! birthday card. The combination of the Hey Little Flower Stamp Set, Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set, and WOW! Trio Speckled Pearls Embossing Powders offers endless creative possibilities. Whether you’re new to embossing or a seasoned pro, these products are sure to inspire your next card-making project.

Remember, the key to crafting is to have fun and let your creativity shine. I’d love to see your take on this project, so be sure to share your creations and tag me on social media. Happy crafting, and until next time, keep making beautiful things!

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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins

Rick Adkins


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