Tag Archives: Heat Embossing

Embossed Vellum Wedding Card

Hey there, friends! Hope you’re having a happy Wednesday so far! I just wanted to drop in and let you know that a new card tutorial video went up on the Virtual Smooches blog on Monday and I wanted to share it with you!

Since wedding season is upon us, I thought I’d create an elegant wedding card and incorporate some embossing techniques. I heat embossed on vellum and love the result. It reminds me of lace!

Check out the video below or on my YouTube channel to see how it all came together!


Embossed Vellum Wedding Card




Hope you enjoyed it and that you’ll give embossing on vellum a try! Do you have a favorite technique to use on wedding cards? I’d love to know!

Thanks for stopping by,


Gold Floral Wedding Card & Video

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope your week went well and you’re in store for a fun, relaxing weekend! I’m actually sick with a nasty head cold, so I’m not enjoying that so much. Just trying to rest up and get better as soon as possible.

On the bright side, I’ve got a new card and video to share with you today that went up on the Virtual Smooches blog on Sunday. I’m thinking ahead to wedding season and trying to get some cards ready in my stash. I wanted to go for a layered, collage-style card, but with an elegant twist. I heat embossed on vellum and then added washi tape and die cuts to finish it off. Watch the video below or over at my YouTube channel to see how it all came together:


Gold Floral Wedding Card | Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches
I love the way this card turned out and the gold embossing on vellum is definitely a technique I’ll be coming back to. I think this card could also work for an anniversary occasion as well – why not? If you want direct links to all the products I used, check out the description box of my YouTube video and while you’re over there, subscribe! It’s free and you’ll get all my latest videos right in one place. ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks for stopping by!

10 Minute Craft Dash

Hey there! I have something fun to share today! I participated in the latest 10 Minute Craft Dash challenge and boy was it a challenge. Be sure to check out the Craft Dash DT’s creations at the blog:ย www.prettypinkposh.com

If you’re not familiar with this challenge, it’s basically two challenges in one – incorporate a particular color scheme consisting of 3 colors AND create your entire card in just 10 minutes. Here’s what I came up with for challenge #12:



ย This card took 9 minutes and 57 seconds to complete. I was down to the WIRE, I tell ya. This was definitely the most thrilling challenge I’ve ever participated in. I planned out some of what I wanted to do beforehand, like chose the colors of cardstock and ink that I knew were closest to the color scheme and then chose the stamps I wanted to use. Beyond that, it was a free-for-all and wow does time fly when you’re making a card. Especially when you heat emboss! What was I thinking? You’ll notice I only had time to thread one of my buttons. Hmm…maybe that will be a new trend? All in all, this was so, so much fun. It’s amazing to see how much time creating a card really takes and how much time the thought and preparation goes into a design. I highly recommend giving this challenge a whirl.

AND there’s a prize involved! This one is sponsored by the one and only Paper Smooches! You can win a $20 gift certificate, so that’s definitely worth 10 minutes of crafty chaos, right? ๐Ÿ™‚


Good luck and enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp It! 3 Ways: Volume 2

Hey there! Happy peak of the week! I’m pretty darn happy it’s Wednesday, as Wednesday means a day closer to the weekend and a night of watching Lost with my girlfriends. Yes, I’m just now watching the Lost series for the first time and I’m completely enthralled. It’s so much more fun to watch it unfold with my friends.

Anyhoo, let’s talk stamping, shall we? The second volume of Stamp It! 3 Ways from Paper Crafts is out and I thought I’d share one of my projects from the issue!

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Here’s the cover of Stamp It! 3 Ways: Volume 2 – be sure to grab it at your local bookstore or online here. This was such a fun issue to work on because it was a team effort. 3 designers were assigned a single stamp set and we each had to divide and conquer by picking different elements of the set and showing how one set can be used to create 3 distinct designs. It was so much fun to see what the others designers on each “team” came up with and how they interpreted the sets differently. Here’s how I interpreted the Bikes & Trikes set from Taylored Expressions.


I heat embossed the silhouette bicycle image (my favorite of the set) and added the sweet sentiment on patterned paper below. I think this bicycle image would be perfect for an anniversary or Valentine as well. Be sure to check out the Stamp It! 3 Ways issue to see how the two other designers played with this set!

Do you have a favorite stamp set that you think is super versatile? I’d love to know as I’m always in the mood to add to my collection. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Daisies and Paisleys

Hey there! I hope you’re having a good week so far! It’s been another super busy one for me, but I’ve been trying to get my craft on after work instead of relying solely on weekends (because we all know how fast they like to fly by). This past Friday I celebrated my 25th birthday! I went on a day trip to NYC and had an amazing time shopping and eating, eating, eating. “Yum” is really the only word I have to describe that day.

Anyhoo, I’ve got another Paper Smooches card to share with you! This one features the set Daisies & Paisleys:


I’m having a lot of fun with mist lately. For this card, I used a Tattered Angels mist to create a pink background and then heat embossed all the paisleys on top! Truth be told the orange paisleys were actually created using a very bright yellow embossing powder, but for some reason it turned out to be more transparent than opaque so they look orange. I was really annoyed at first, but then ended up kind of liking the effect so I went with it and used an orange patterned paper for the mat.

Do you ever make crafty mistakes that you turn into something better? A “make it work moment” as Tim Gunn would say. I make quite a few in the craft room whether it’s getting an ink smudge on a piece of white cardstock or cutting something to the wrong dimensions…I’ve done it all.

So if you’re a fan of this set (which, why wouldn’t you be? It’s adorable!), definitely check out Daisies and Paisleys at the Paper Smooches site and snatch one up!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you back here soon!

Print Candee May Blog Hop

Hey there! Long time, no blog, I know. I've been so busy preparing for my upcoming cruise (in 12 days!!!) and finishing projects to post while I'm away. But it's been a fun (maybe interesting is a better word) exercise in how quickly I can create. This coming weekend will be my sprint to the finish to see how much crafting one person can really do in 2 days. And somehow I'll have to squeeze in a last-minute shopping trip (a girl needs white shorts for a cruise, am I right?).

Anyhoo, today I have a really fun Print Candee project to share with you. The awesome Creative Team Coordinator (and a sweet online friend of mine), Jocelyn Olson found a fun inspiration photo for the team to create cards based on.

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We could choose any piece or aspect of the inspiration photo to create from and the multi-colored clutch in the right corner spoke to me immediately. So I came up with this:



I chose a bunch of different patterned papers that had colors close to the ones in the bag, then tweaked them here and there in Photoshop to get as close to the colors in the bag as possible. I also used a woodgrain patterned paper for the center embellishment to mimic the wooden clasp on the front of the bag. Then I topped it off with a little heat embossing with an American Crafts stamp.

Everything I used (except for the stamp, cardstock and embossing powder) is from the Print Candee site. Here's the specific list of patterned papers I used (in clockwise order):

Green floral

Blue dots

Blue stripes 

Orange hexagons

Yellow grid

Pink umbrellas

Fuschia chevron


Now it's time to hop on to the next designer's blog! Here's the order of our hop:

Lisa http://dahlhouse-designs.com/

Kalyn http://kalynkepner.typepad.com/ (you are here!)

Therese http://lostinpaper.wordpress.com/

Jocelyn http://redballooncards.blogspot.com/ 

Marion http://mademarion.vagg.org/

 Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping along with the Print Candee gals and I. Have a great first day of May!


Mr. & Mrs. Card

Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was incredibly busy, but all with fun things, so it was a good one. I had a great time at my friend's wedding – it was a really special evening. And I'm pretty sure I'll be raving for weeks about the caramel apple cake that they served. Delicious. 

So I thought I'd share the wedding card that I made for my friend, Laura and her new husband, Chris.


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: BasicGrey

Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts

Clear stamps: American Crafts

Label Dies: Spellbinders

 I used silver embossing powder to heat emboss the center flourish as well as the swirl borders on both sides of the card. Then I finished it off with two rhinestones and my favorite Martha Stewart woodgrain ribbon. I wish I had an unlimited supply of that stuff because I just love looking at it – and it's the highest-quality ribbon I've ever worked with to be honest. Okay, I'm done gushing about the ribbon now. :) 

Well I wish you a Happy Monday and I'll be back on Wednesday. There's lots of crafting to be done after work this week, so stay tuned for fun stuff on the blog! Thanks for stopping by!


Homespun Merry Christmas Card

Hi there! Happy Friday to you! This week has been a long one for me (I secretly think two weeks have actually passed without a weekend and no one's telling me), so I'm really glad to wind down tonight and enjoy the weekend. 

Before I share today's card, I have to say how saddened I was to hear about the passing of Steve Jobs, like so many others have been. I'm a big fan of Apple products (love my Macbook Pro) and an even bigger fan of creative, inspiring people and of course, Mr. Jobs was the epitome of creative and inspiring. So many bloggers have been sharing how they've been inspired by Steve Jobs and I think that Seth Godin did a particularly great job of this when he said "It's one thing to miss someone, to feel a void when they're gone. It's another to do something with their legacy, to honor them through your actions." I love that idea. You can read his blog post here.

For today's card, I used a technique that I love for Christmas cards, which is heat embossing using metallic powders. I added small dabs of Ranger glitter glue to add some pizazz (does anyone say pizazz in actual conversation anymore? I think we should.).



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Clear stamp, buttons: Papertrey Ink

Rubber stamp: Rubber Soul

Ribbon: SEI

Edge punch: Fiskars

Well friends, I hope you have a beautiful autumn weekend (I hear it's snowing in Utah already – crazy!) and get your craft on at some point. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Bold & Bright Grad Card

Hi friends! What a week it's been! I've somehow managed to pack a ton into my schedule these last 4 days and I'm quite ready for a quiet, relaxing weekend (and by that, I mean a non-stop card-making fest). :) 

So, a week or so ago a friend asked me to make a card for her to give to a friend. She needed a graduation card and I took that opportunity to try out a different style and color scheme, since graduation cards often require specific product that I just didn't have. I love making cards for other people because it gives me a chance to experiment with different styles without over-thinking it like I often do for magazine submissions. Here's the result:



SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: The Paper Company, Bazzill Basics Paper  Patterned paper: American Crafts  Clear stamp: Papertrey Ink  Embossing powder: Hampton Art  Watermark ink: Tsukineko  Button: Papertrey Ink  Floss: DMC  Edge punch: Fiskars

Like I said, I didn't have any graduation-specific embellishments on hand (except for the stamp), so I went for a more abstract, typography theme. I also decided to keep the design very simple and let the colors pop. I'm loving navy and berry colors lately. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!