Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, General, Hello Monday, Stamping


Julie’s sharing some tips for working with alcohol markers and heat embossed images, featuring the new Happy Trails set!

Hey, hi, hello! It’s Julie with a fun camping themed card–am I the only one who wishes they had one of those adorable Airstream trailers??? Heat embossing it in metallic silver totally gives it that vibe, but if you’re going to color with alcohol markers, no matter the brand, I have a few suggestions that may help you avoid ruining that metallic finish!


  • When heat embossing images adjacent to each other or overlapping, take care not to over-heat the previously melted areas to the point they burn off or melt down into the paper.
  • Prep paper surface with anti-static powder, but blow off or brush away the excess with a soft brush; excess powder can stick to the stamp and end up transferring to your Versamark/heat embossing pad.  Over time, this contamination builds up to the point the embossing powder won’t stick to the ink any more.
  • Sketchmarkers and Copic markers are alcohol based; if you color over the top of metallic embossing powder, the alcohol in the formula will etch/eat away the heat embossing. Avoid letting the brush tip/nib go over those embossed areas.  I like to color by “sweeping” or flicking the brush nib away from the embossed areas.
  • Clear embossing will often dull and lose its glossy finish if you color directly over the top, but may not actually etch away.
  • Use quick-drying, alcohol-friendly inks to stamp tiny/highly detailed images to avoid the aforementioned problems.


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