Join Melissa Phillips today and learn how to add dimensional splotches and splatters to your projects with embossing enamel.


  • STAMPS: A Bit More: Butterfly Blooms, Ink it In, Mixed Bouquet, Seasonal Borders: Spring
  • INK: Amethyst Allure, Green Parakeet, Lilac Grace, Prairie Grass, Spring Moss, Spring Rain, Aqua Mist
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Bitty Big Spring Moss
  • DIES: Shape Shifters: Oval 1, Wine Bottle Tag II, Scalloped Tags, Mixed Bouquet, Seasonal Borders: Spring
  • OTHER: Stencil Basics: Hexagon, sequins, white embossing powder, seam binding, shabby green embossing enamel

CLICK HERE to visit Melissa’s blog to see more!

If you are joining along this week, here are the details concerning the Make It Monday Challenge.

  • A new Make It Monday Challenge will go up on Monday mornings at 9am ET.
  • Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and include embossing enamel (or embossing powder) splotches & splatters.
  • Please enter new projects only.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Add your project to our InLinkz list below.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE.
  • You will have until 6am ET, Monday, March 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win.
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday, March 26th, after 6am. The winner will be posted here on this blog post, on Twitter and Facebook. The randomly selected winner will get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!


Congratulations, Nancy Penir! Please send an email to customer service and provide them with your full name and the email address you would like your gift certificate sent to. Thanks so much to everyone for playing along!

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Join the discussion 24 Comments

  • 1
    Rachel Jolley says:

    Breathtakingly gorgeous and stunning, as EVERY card you create is, what a wonderful inspiration you are, thanks and blessings.

  • 2
    DIANA L. says:

    Beautiful Melissa as always. I have that embossing paste/powder I love it.

  • 3
    Beth Stiver says:

    Thanks for doing this video! So apparently embossing enamel is completely different from embossing powder! Learn something new every day! Love your card Melissa!

  • 4
    Annette Gordon says:

    WOW!! That card is beyond beautiful, and I love the raised control splatter. What a great idea. I just love Make it Monday, even when I don’t have time to create, I learn so much! You guys are awesome! (Really hope I have time this week to try this out!, although I don’t have any embossing enamel so will have to get creative)

  • 5
    Greta H says:

    This might be my favorite of all your videos, Melissa! Absolutely stunning creations! I have several bottles of the enamels that I never think to use & love the results you got! Wondering how it doesn’t fly off when you use the heat gun–can’t wait to try it!

  • 6
    Barb Kirkwood says:

    Great video, I’m going to have to get some of that embossing powder…great look.

  • 7
    Ginger says:

    Disappointing. How do you keep the embossing enamel from flying all over the place when you hit it with the heat gun? You skipped that part in your video.

    • 7.1
      Heather Nichols says:

      Hi Ginger, Try heating it from underneath your cardstock instead directly over the enamel powder if you are having trouble with the enamel powder blowing around. I hope that this helps you!

    • 7.2

      Hi Ginger. Perhaps my gun isn’t as powerful as yours?? I don’t have that problem. You could try heating it from the bottom up, meaning heating it from underneath.

    • 7.3
      S. Molinari says:

      I used dots of glycerin to grab the powder. Or, if you have the Happy Trails stamp set there are two little ink splatters in it. Just use with VersaMark ink. 😉

    • 7.4
      Melissa says:

      I have thought of a solution for you and anyone else having trouble with their embossing enamel flying away. Try a glue pen…applying dots of it where you want your enamel to land, then sprinkle on your enamel and it should stick while using your heat tool.

  • 8
    Becky Green says:

    LOVELY, as always Melissa!!! Your work just makes me sigh with delight when I see it! Soft, feminine colors & perfect pairings! JUST LOVELY! Thank you for the tutorial you’ve given us! 😉 I too like this new method of splattering! 😉

  • 9
    Brenda Kuder says:

    I love that idea. I have some of that embossing enamel so I will definitely try it out. I love new ideas. Thanks.

  • 10
    Michele W says:

    Beautiful card. Thanks for reminding me about embossing enamel! I took a class years ago where we used a white chunky embossing enamel from Stampendous to mimic falling snow. We were told to initially heat the embossing enamel from the bottom because is stopped the enamel from moving around. Once it started to melt a little it was okay to heat from the top or the bottom.

  • 11
    Debbie says:

    Such a lovely card Melissa and an interesting technique. Always so soothing to listen to your videos. Thank you for your time and talent.

  • 12
    Vicki says:

    Love, love, love your videos. I also enjoy listening to your sweet voice. It is so soothing. I purchased some of this embossing enamel when I saw you using it this past Christmas season. Thank you for another idea of how to use it 🙂

  • 13
    Stephanie Clapper says:

    Hi Melissa! I thought I was doing something wrong because I continue to struggle with my splatters and spritzes. (Is that a word?) Whether it be water, ink or paint, I either get a little too much or less than I want. I like that the enamel can be controlled. I definitely will give this a try. I went on an enamel hunt when you first mentioned it and it’s still available. Thank you for the tips on your (always) lovely, lovely card. 🙂

  • 14

    Gorgeous cards, love your arrangements of everything, I had not heard of them will have to check it out 🙂

  • 15
    S. Molinari says:

    Melissa never fails to inspire!

  • 16
    tonilea says:

    Son’t those embossing enamels blow away when you use the heat gun on them?

    • 16.1

      I didn’t have that problem, and it could be due to different types of heat guns. I have thought of a solution for you and anyone else having trouble with their embossing enamel flying away. Try a glue pen…applying dots of it where you want your enamel to land, then sprinkle on your enamel and it should stick while using your heat tool. Hope that helps you a bit.

  • 17

    Thanks so much for the inspiration and for the fun challenge!

  • 18
    Lori says:

    Melissa, Always a treat to watch you create!!

  • 19

    Thanks Melissa for the tip on the “chunky” embossing powder!! I ordered some in different colors from Amazon. Got one (shabby pink embossing enamel) today in the snail mail and finished up my card for your challenge. I love the look. Your card is stunning…love all the layers and soft color palette! 😁

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