I love heat embossing. It was the technique that lured me into stamping and cardmaking. There is something quite magical about the way heat embossing turns ink and powder into something completely different in a few short seconds. It can be as simple as clear embossing powder over pigment ink (like the sentiment in my card) to the wonderful rich shine you can get from gold embossing powder to the complex effects of Frantage ep or UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) or, as I used on the fairy in my card, wonderful multicolours from Kaleidoscope ep.
The fairy was stamped with black Versafine ink on regular white cs and heat embossed with the most amazing embossing powder - Stampendous Kaleidoscope ep. Depending on how much you heat it, you can get different colour tones - I heated different sections of the image for varying amounts of time. I think you can see blue, orange, green, and black tones in the photo.
Here's a close-up of the fairy:
I made a background with two different Tim Holtz stencils (that tied in to the bubbles and dots in the stamped image) and Pearlescent embossing paste (my choices of other elements), stamped my sentiment and heat embossed it with regular clear ep, die cut a panel with a stitched rectangle, and put fun foam behind it for dimension.
I fussy cut the fairy, and stuck down the bottom edge flat to the background with regular double sided tape and then used thin foam tape as she headed upwards out of the bubbles, and then near the top of her, I used two layers of the foam tape as I wanted to give the impression of her flying off the card.
Please come and join us at CAS Mix Up - you must include stamping and heat embossing, and then at least one of the other elements from the list of "Your Choice Options" on the right hand side of the challenge page. The challenge is open until May 24th.