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
- 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.