Scratch and Sniff Scented Embossing Powder by Kara Anderson | How To’sday

Scratch and Sniff Scented Embossing Powder by Kara Anderson | How To’sday

I have to say that today’s tutorial by Kara Anderson is one of the most unique ideas that I’ve seen in a long time! Stamping is such a beautiful art, but combining a it with a little scratch and sniff fun and you’ve got yourself an uncommonly unique end result.


Scratch and Sniff Scented Embossing Powder

This is such a fun technique that I came across online a few years ago. It’s a great way to make your cards pop and it’s also fun on cards for kids. There are scented embossing powders on the market today, but why buy them when you can make your own (unless, of course they are featured on ScrapbookSteals!)


  • Heat Tool
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Versa Mark ink
  • Clear or rubber stamps – solid images work best
  • Cardstock
  • A scrap sheet of paper
  • Sugar free drink mix (or other sugar free powder like cocoa, cinnamon, coffee, etc.)
  • Small container or bowl
  • Measuring spoons


1.  Select your desired scent and mix the drink mix powder with clear embossing powder at a ratio of 2 ½ to 3 parts embossing powder to 1 part sugar free drink mix. You want more embossing powder than drink mix otherwise the powder will not melt. As well, make sure that you use a sugar free powder or the sugar will start to caramelize when heated (think crème brulee…delicious, but not so much on your card).

2.   Ink up your stamp with lots of Versa Mark so that lots of powder sticks. Stamp your image on your cardstock.

3.   Generously pour your scented embossing powder all over the stamped image.

4.   Tap off excess powder. I like to flick the back of my cardstock a couple times to get rid of any stray powder bits. If you find that you have powder sticking to places on the cardstock other than your stamped image, you can brush them off with a soft paintbrush, or try rubbing an embossing buddy or a used unscented dryer sheet over your cardstock before you stamp your image to help remove any static.

5.   Heat your image with a heat tool. A great technique to help prevent your powder blowing away when using your heat tool, is to heat the image from the back. Once it has all melted, flip it around and give it one quick shot of heat from the front to make sure the image is set.

6.      Attach your image to your card.

7.      All that’s left to do now is scratch and sniff!


Thank you Kara for such a fun idea!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for the final installment in our “Gold Club” series of Mid Week Mojo sketches!

Have a great ScrapbookSteals birthday week and a fantastic How To’sday.

Fancy Pants Designs Giveaway

We’re kicking off our birthday started with *fireworks*! Happy birthday week to us and happy Independence Day to our American fans! Our birthday is Friday, July 8, but we will have plenty of excitement to look forward to this week. Be sure to check back here on the blog for a giveaway a day. That’s right, it’s our birthday but we’re giving you the presents — that’s just how we roll at Steal Network and from now until Friday you can visit the blog to enter another fun giveaway.

Now what is a birthday without a little fancy? We all need a little pizzazz in our lives and Fancy Pants Designs helps us find fancy in our crafting lives. With a group of creative directors, talented designers and experienced staff, they continue to provide the latest and greatest designs to crafters worldwide.

Each of us has our own ways to bring a little extra *sparkle* to our days — a new pair of earrings, new shoes, painting a new color on the wall.

Three lucky winners will have their fancies fulfilled — we are giving away a collection kits from Fancy Pants Designs to three random winners!

To enter, fill out the following form and tell us, what do you do to bring fancy into your life?

Contest ends Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

Fancy Pants Mega Paper Kit | Monday Card Madness #39

Fancy Pants Mega Paper Kit | Monday Card Madness #39

Happy  Monday and 4th of July everyone. Hopefully today will be filled with fantastic celebrations for you. Today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Mega Paper Pack is the perfect way to get your celebrations off to a bang.

This week’s card sketch is based off of the incredibly darling birthday card that Chloe Salerno sent to me. And since it’s the first official day of ScrapbookSteals birthday week, it is more than appropriate!


The “cut down” sheets in today’s steal work perfectly to create the center accent of the card.

Thank you Chloe for your amazing inspiration.

I’d also like to thank all of you that participated in our most recent card swap.  The cards will be heading out soon.

We’d like to congratulate Jane Daun, the random winner of the June card sketches. Her awesome card for Monday Card Madness #37 is what landed her as our lucky winner.

Jane, please send your address to and we will get your prize sent out to you.

Don’t forget to have this week’s card sketch posted to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog by
August 5th at 11:59 pm in order to be eligible for the July random drawing.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July and be sure to check back for the first giveaway later today. You will have all week to enter.

Hampton Arts Design Adhesives

Hampton Arts Design Adhesives

Amazingly fun! There is really almost no better words to describe today’s steal, the Hampton Art Design Adhesives. If you’re looking for a fun embellishment to dress up not only your cards and layouts, but just about any other flat surface that you can think of, then this product is for you!

All you need in addition to the Design Adhesives is either some foil, flocking, or glitter and you are set. The first step is to choose your design, remove the protective backing,  apply your design onto a flat surface and gently rub with either your finger or another flat surface.

Next, carefully peel up the Design Adhesive backing.

Now comes the fun part! Deciding which medium to use to apply color to your Design Adhesive. After selecting your medium, apply to the top of the Design Adhesive then remove any excess.

I decided to challenge one of our talented friends, Staci Jones with using the Design Adhesives in different ways. She did such an amazing job and it truly makes me want to steal today so that I can start fancying up some of the things in my home!

Staci, your projects are positively stellar! Thanks so much for sharing your talents and ideas with us.

I hope you all have a great weekend and that everyone stays safe! Sending lots of positive crafty vibes your way. See you on Monday for another Monday Card Madness.

Love Elsie, Cody | Mid Week Mojo #49

Love Elsie, Cody | Mid Week Mojo #49

Hello scrappy girls! Can you believe it’s time for Mid Week Mojo once again? I’d been dying to scrapbook photos of my most recent running adventure, so I begged Melodee to let me work with today’s steal, the Cody Collection by Love Elsie. Even though the Cody collection is slightly more sports related, I really loved the colors and thought they would go great with the photos from my adventure.

Because I had so many photos that I wanted to capture on one layout, I decided to challenge myself with a sketch housing 11 photos.

I actually even decided to squeeze three more onto the layout than I made for myself.

I admit that I’m a true sucker for the whimsical feeling of the Love Elsie collections. The chipboard letters are some of my favorites!

I also love the little chipboard embellishments to add that finishing touch.

Now I’m sure you’ve all been waiting to find out who the lucky random winners to our online crop challenges are — wait no longer!

Challenge #1: Linda Chen

Challenge #2: Lori Burton

Challenge #3: Erin Schultz

Challenge #4: Brettany Quinton

Challenge #5: Megan Hebel

If you five lovely ladies could please send your address to we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Now for those of you that sent our service department photos for the crop games, if you are the lucky winner they will send you an email directly.

I’d like to shout out another huge thank you to all of you that helped make the online crop such a success. Thanks to all of you that participated with challenges or chat and a huge thanks to Echo Park for being such an amazing host!

I hope you have a great week and be sure to check in next Wednesday for the final sketch in our Diamond Club series! As for this week make sure that your layouts are posted to our Facebook fan page or personal blog with a link left on this blog posting in order to be eligible for our regular weekly drawing.

Keep it up and scrap happy!