Welcome to Day 11 of my 25 days of Craftmas series! Today, I’m showing how to make this heat embossed Christmas wood slice. I love embossing, I love the extra dimension and shine it adds to a project. Sadly though, I’m not a cardmaker and I don’t use it very often. So, when I find a project I can heat emboss, I’m super excited and today is the day! Read on for the full tutorial.This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)!  Read my full disclosure policy.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here.

STEP 2: PREPARE THE VINYL DESIGN

Open the design in your cutting software.  Size the design to fit on your wood.  Mine was about 9″ wide, but that will vary depending on your wood slice.  Draw an oval or box around the design to create a stencil.  Once everything is sized correctly, cut out the design with your Cricut or Silhouette.

Do you need help creating stencil design?  Check out this step by step tutorial for Silhouette Users here and for Circut Users here.

Then, weed away the excess vinyl. Since this is a stencil, you’ll pull out the letters and leave everything else.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the design. Place the vinyl on the transfer tape and smooth it down with an application tool.

STEP 4: APPLY VINYL TO THE WOOD SLICE

Firmly rub over the design to help it stick to the transfer tape. Then, flip the design over and slowly pull off the vinyl backing.

Center the design on the wood slice.

Rub over the vinyl with your scraper.

Slowly pull off the transfer tape.

 

STEP 5: HEAT EMBOSS

Fill in the design with Mod Podge.  You’ll want to do this quickly so the Mod Podge doesn’t have time to dry. Make sure you do a nice thick even coat.

While the Mod Podge is still wet, quickly sprinkle embossing powder over the design.  The quicker you can cover the design, the better.

Once it is all covered, press over the whole design to help the embossing powder stick to the Mod Podge.  Let it dry for a few minutes.

Shake off the excess powder and save for later.

Carefully remove the vinyl stencil.

Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder and watch the magic happen.  I LOVE this part!  I used this heat gun.  I just found an inexpensive gun with good reviews and bought it.

It takes a little bit of time, but you’ll be able to tell when it’s done. The heat embossing powder produces a shiny, raised, plastic finish. It looks so neat on the wood slice.

STEP 6: GLUE  CHRISTMAS EMBELLISHMENTS TO TOP

To finish the design, glue on some cute Christmas embellishments to the top of the wood slice.

It’s so simple, yet so pretty for Christmas!

 

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