I decided to use UTEE for my heat embossing. If you're not familiar with it, UTEE stands for Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. It gives a far thicker and more raised result than regular embossing powder. It's great for solid images as well as for a lot of mixed media work.
I stamped my cardinal image with Versamark and then heat embossed it with gold UTEE. It's a good idea to use a heavy weight cs with UTEE.
My choice of an extra element is a die cut sentiment. I wanted it to match so rubbed Versamark on a scrap of cs, added the gold UTEE, and then when cool, die cut "Joy". To keep the gold all the same, I created my bordering layer the same way, as described in this video by Gina K.
It's a wonderful heat embossing technique for making sure your border matches your embossed image - you can use it with UTEE or regular embossing powder. The UTEE bubbles up a bit when you're heating it. If you keep heating, it smoothes out, but I liked the slightly bubbled texture for my border.
As a finishing touch, and keeping with the heat embossing part of the challenge, I sprinkled some Frantage powder (the one with a mixture of white and gold) around the cardinal and heated it from underneath.
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