Embossed Copper…

Y’all know I love trees…and the other day when I was sketching ideas in my calendar for this week, this idea popped in my head, but whether it would work or not was the question.

But here is the happy result…


These trees are from two different stamp sets…Thoughtful Branches and Totally Trees.  They are all similar in size but different in texture, which I like.  But to emboss on copper foil is a challenge…ask me how I know!  However, today persistence wins!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Copper Foil and Mossy Meadow Cardstock
  • Ink:  White Craft and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches, Totally Trees and Holly Berry Happiness (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder…what?  no Linen Thread? And Embossing Buddy


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″
  • The Mossy Meadow layer (I like the way this color looks with the copper, but you could use any green or color you like) is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Mossy Meadow layer is SNAIL.
  • The horizontal Mossy Meadow layer is 1-3/4″ x 4-1/4″.
  • The copper layer is 1-5/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Run your Embossing Buddy over the copper foil before stamping trees with White Craft ink.  (Why not use VersaMark?  Because the craft ink makes your image bright white).  Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat from the back.  If you can hold it with your fingers and heat at the same time (ouch!) you’ll be able to see the powder melt.  It’s magic I tell you!  Attach this layer to the horizontal Mossy Meadow layer with Multipurpose glue and maybe weight it down with several acrylic blocks to keep it straight.  Add to card front with Adhesive Strips.  I like the higher lift you get with the strips for this one.
  • Add sentiment at lower right corner in Basic Black.
  • Inside there is a Mossy Meadow layer 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ with a Whisper White layer on top 2-3/8″ x 4-1/8″

So now that I’ve burned my fingers and ruined way too much copper foil trying to get this end result, I hope you’ll give this technique a try.  It’s really impressive in person…

So my team (Tennessee Vols) plays the Georgia Dawgs today.  Come 3:30 I’ll be propped up in front of the television with snacks and dressed in my good luck shirt cheering like a nut.

Hope you are enjoying this fall weekend.  Hope to see you back here on Monday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for this day…


like embossing copper foil.

My burnt fingers are inky…and I’m HaPpY!





  1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us/me!!! Your card is simply beautiful and I can’t wait to try it.

    Thanks again,


  2. I really love this Billie! I will get out my unused copper foil today and case this beautiful creation of yours. Your work is inspiring, thank you!

  3. Billie, this card is beautiful! Thanks for continuing to share your lovely work and samples! I’m going to try to make the card. Wish me luck! Sounds like you really enjoy your games…hope your team wins!

    Diane Gil

    • Hope you are happy with how your card turns out Diane. My Tennessee VOLS won in the last seconds with a “Hail Mary” pass!…B!

  4. I agree with Patty that your card is beautiful. As luck would have it, I got my copper foil paper today and was looking for an idea. Thanks so much!! This is perfect. I have everything I need and with your clear and concise instructions, I’ll give it a try. I saw your Vols won, so you are a happy, burnt, inky camper tonight. Sorry about your burned fingers. It was for the good of your groupies. Enjoy tomorrow.

    • I’m so glad you like it HJ…just watch your fingers when heating that embossing powder from the back of the foil. Yes, the VOLS won in the last seconds!…B!

  5. I tried the white embossing on a scrap of copper foil tonight, since you had some trouble getting it right. Well, I fried the foil until it had a bubble. So I’m back to the drawing board tomorrow or next time I have some crafty time. I held my foil with a pair of long handled tweezers, which isn’t easy either, but I didn’t burn myself. I was afraid the tweezers might leave a mark on the foil. I was holding my heat tool too close to the back, which to me is an awkward position. I’d appreciate if you could share any other tips with the foil or a YouTube video or pinterest site where I can learn more. I learn by seeing what others do. Thanks so much.

    • Oh no, HJ! At least it wasn’t your fingers! It took more than one try for me too, but I started out heating from the front which definitely didn’t work for me. All heat guns are different but if you are patient (meaning not too close to the paper and move your gun once you see the powder start to melt) you should be successful…B!

  6. Have to try this!! The results are gorgeous!! (I use a full sized wooden clothes pin to hold things – they stay cool and are easy to hang onto.)

  7. Another gorgeous card by Billie!

    I bought the Thoughtful Branches bundle for a friend of mine for her birthday. We are having dinner with her tomorrow and I will have to send her a pin from this post afterwards =)

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  8. Hi Billie, I just stumbled across your website via Pinterest. Love your copper foil card and perfect instructions on how to do it (burned fingers and all). Also like the way your Blog is set up, so it’s easy to find ideas by Theme. You look like a very spunky, fun lady. Thanks for sharing your ideas and love for card making.

    • Well, Marie…I’m so glad you found me here and hope you will visit often and always find inspiration for your own creations…B!

  9. Thanks, Billie for your tips and also to Dona for the tip about using a clothespin. All suggestions are appreciated. I’ll try again tomorrow if I have time. I had to smile, Billie, when you mentioned having patience. I don’t think I got a full dose of that when it was passed out!! It seems to be in short supply most of the time.

    • My patience basket is on empty most of the time…glad to know I have good company! Isn’t it amazing how crafty artist are always willing to share and give you a hand up? B!