As you probably already know, there are two techniques in papercrafting that are referred to as "embossing".
One, dry embossing, used to be done with a stylus through a stencil onto cardstock. Nowadays though dry embossing is done by a much simpler means: the embossing folder. Dry embossing gives a bit of dimension in a raised surface, lending lots of eye interest in the texture it provides. I love it!
The second embossing technique, referred to heat embossing, requires a stamp (usually), a sticky clear ink, such as VersaMark, embossing powder and a heat tool. I find heat embossing to be one of the most magical processes one can experience while doing papercrafting.
Today's card features heat embossing in two spots: on the flower, as well as the sentiment. Using gold embossing powder gives any image a truly elegant and expensive look.
Even though this flower would have been gorgeous in its embossed state only, I decided to add a bit of realism to the flower and leaves with a little coloring with Stampin' Blends. This way I could pick up on the soft pink in the Designer Series Paper behind the flower.