Making an Impression for the Pals Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

It’s no secret that I love to emboss! Embossing is a quick and easy way to add texture. Did you know you can use your dies to emboss? This is a great way to stretch your supplies and use dies you already have. I used the Star Framelits to do the Embossed Impressions Technique on my cards today.


Just like embossing folders you can highlight either side to get two different looks.


To make the embossed impression, you use the Big Shot like you would use any Embossing Folder. Make a “sandwich” with the cutting plate, add an embossing mat (I used 2 pieces of craft foam), then cardstock, dies (taped together) with cutting side down, and cutting plate on top.


I love this technique as it makes a big impression on a background. I die cut the congrats from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and adhered it with Glue Dots.  The sentiment I used is from B.Y.O.P.  This stamp set is on the retiring list and is a MUST HAVE! It is so versatile and has great sentiments for giving money or gift cards for birthdays, thank you, wedding, baby, and/or graduation.

BYOP stamp set

I masked and heat embossed the sentiment. I used white embossing powder on the Pacific Point cardstock and clear embossing powder on white cardstock. You can heat emboss any color sentiment using the Clear Embossing Powder.  Simply ink your stamp in VersaMark first, then in the ink color of your choice before stamping it on your cardstock.  (I only wanted part of the sentiment on my stamp so I “masked” what I didn’t want by covering it with tape so the ink would not transfer to my paper.) Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, remove the excess,  then watch the magic happen as you use the Heat Tool.

I cut a piece of craft foam 3 3/4 x 5 and adhered that behind my embossed layer to pop it up. Which look do you like best?

Stamp Set: B.Y.O.P. (retiring)  Ink: VersaMark, Pacific Point  Papers: Thick Whisper White, Pacific Point  Tools & Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Stars Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Enamel Shapes, Craft Foam (non Stampin’ Up!)

This technique works with single dies, greetings, or layering shapes.  Jennifer McGuire has several you tube videos using this technique. Give it a try and stretch your supplies!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  4. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  5. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  6. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  7. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  8. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  16. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  17. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  18. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  19. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  20. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  21. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  23. Shawn de Oliveira at

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18 thoughts on “Making an Impression for the Pals Blog Hop

  1. Your projects always leave a big impression on me!! (Not just being ‘punny’–I mean it; I learn so much from all your posts) Love both cards but am partial to the blue one. Haven’t tried this technique but have seen it before and wondered exactly how it was done. And heaven knows I have the world’s supply of framelets and dies. Time to get busy~Thanks for spurring on my creativity!

    1. Linda you are so good for my self esteem! These are for an order I have for 8 graduation cards and I am always nervous when I make them for someone else to give.

  2. Oh my gosh Jeanie, I LOVE this technique!!! My favorite is the white one. Now lets see, who is graduating….. I totally have to CASE it. Off to try to make the technique work! Well…. I guess I better do the things on the list for today before I get to play!

    1. I actually have an order for 8 graduation cards in particular school colors. She was very specific that she did not want the year on them so this is a start to her order. 🙂

      1. That would make me a nervous wreck! But I guess if one asked that must mean they like your cards! And that person must be very smart! Your cards are amazing!!!

  3. Beautiful card, Jeanie. I love this technique and had never taken the time to learn how to do it. Now I’m inspired to give it a go. Thanks so much. Have a great day!

    1. I get it! I too had been wanting to try this for awhile. I watched several of Jennifer McGuire’s videos. It really is easier than it looks! I tried it with words too! I love that we get more use from our dies this way! It looks really great with the stitched shapes framelits!

  4. You have left an imprint on my life! I didn’t even remember that I had these stars until I was digging in my boxes I have for framelits and EF folders. Ta da – there is was! Oh yes, I vaguely remember the group I belong to we each bought some items for holiday cards and that was one I was assigned to buy. It was fun using everyone’s stuff and getting lots of different cards made. Anyway, I guess I had better try this sometime soon! I don’t think I have any graduation cards due, at least nobody sent me a notice they were graduating or however they do it these days. Anyway, I like both versions but the white one seems to be a bit more stellar! FUN!

  5. Love love this ! I like the white one bunches !! I was thinking this would be cute for 4th of July cards and especially for my daughter Starr`s birthday !!! You are a STAR , Jeanie Stark with all your cool stuff !!!!!!

    1. Oh Sonny, I love your daughter’s name! This would make the perfect card for her! I also agree about 4th of July but I don’t send out 4th of July cards, do you? I always make favors as we have a party/cookout every year. My wedding anniversary is July 5th and our rehearsal dinner was on the 4th. I always joked I couldn’t get married on Independence Day! We did have a wonderful celebration with fireworks and fun! I love to celebrate the 4th every year. It’s a coincidence that was the date I started this blog (I should clarify and say the day my daughter set it up)…getting close to my first blog anniversary! Woo Hoo!

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