Scented Cards 2 Ways!

Hello my crafty friend. I’m so glad you stopped by today. Not only do I have two fun ways of adding fragrance to your cards, but we’re celebrating two different hops too! Heffy Doodle has teamed up with Time for Tea Designs for a fun collaboration, and both of my cards today feature their products. The second hop is honoring my friend Annalisa, who just reached 1000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, so I’ve got a video below, sharing both techniques.

First, let’s take a look at my finished cards (I wish we had smell-o-vision for these)…

Cute, right? And they smell divine! So how do we add scent to our cards? Let’s start with the first technique…

Scented Embossing Powders

Scented embossing powders have fragrance embedded in the plastic, and are a great way to add an aromatic element to your cards. The key is to cover large areas with 2-4 coats of the powder. The more powder you use, the more fragrant your cards will be. When melting the powder, use strong locking tweezers to hold your pieces and avoid burning your fingers. For my first card, I coated the pieces of a die cut coffee cup with jasmine, raspberry, chocolate, and java powders. The result is a lightly scented raspberry mocha effect.

I finished the card by popping a die cut fairy on top of the cup, and attaching the cup to an ink splattered card base. The coffee sentiment tied everything together, and a few brown gems add sparkle. Remember the rule – no naked envelopes! I stamped another fairy onto a kraft envelope with brown ink.

So what if you don’t have scented embossing powders, or your card design doesn’t allow for large embossed areas? Let’s take a look at another technique…

Perfume and Essential Oils

You can use perfume, cologne, or essential oils to scent your cards. This technique is almost effortless and works with any card. Simply apply a few squirts/drops of fragrance to a cotton ball and seal it in a plastic bag with your card. To avoid staining or having your colors bleed, Don’t allow the cotton ball to touch your card. (For the same reason, don’t apply the perfume or oil directly to your card.) Paper is porous, so it will absorb the fragrance over time. Leave your card sealed in the bag for a few hours, or overnight. You can tuck your envelope in the bag too, for a stronger effect.

You can see my slimline card with the cutest little skunks and a “stinkin” sentiment just begged for a fragrant element, making it interactive in a way. I love how this turned out!

As promised, I have a short video walking you through these techniques. Take a look, and pick up a few more tips while you watch…

I hope you are inspired to give these techniques a try! If you want to recreate today’s cards, grab the supplies listed below…


Don’t forget, we’re celebrating the Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Designs Collab Hop, and that means there are prizes to be won! To be entered to win the giveaway, all you need to do is comment at each stop along the Blog Hop. Time for Tea will be giving away £25 and Heffy Doodle will be giving away £25 to their respective stores!  Be sure to comment before 11:59 PM EST on Mar 2, 2022 to be entered to win! Each company will post their random winner on Mar 3rd at 10am EST.  Make sure to check the Heffy Doodle Blog and Time for Tea Blog to see if you’re a winner!

Ready for more inspiration? Hop along with us!

Blog Hop Lineup

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ll be back soon with more fun cards to share. And be on the lookout for an awesome new light-up card from Cassie Trask this week! It is so cute. We’ve got another fantastic guest designer joining us next week too. I can’t wait for you to see what she’s created! See you soon…

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  1. Two very sweet cards – and I’ve never heard of scented embossing powders either – the second tip for adding aroma is such a great tip – thank you for that xx

  2. Love this two cards, they’re totally adorable!

  3. What a great job to use scents! I love the fairies….I used them for some tooth fairy projects for our grandson when he lost his first tooth. LOVE THEM!

  4. Never thought to add scents – gonna try it now!

  5. So very cute card, great job

  6. Wow amazing! Never thought of doing scented cards. They are super cute

  7. I have never heard of scented cards…will need to try this!!

  8. I have never thought of scenting my cards… I must have a go! Thanks!

  9. Such an amazing idea! I will have to give it a try!

  10. Love the coffee cup and the cute skunks. Hugz

  11. These are so fun and I bet they smell so good!

  12. WOW! What a great idea! The cards are so cute!

  13. Darling cards! Love the fairies and critters, and the coffee cup die set is a favorite! Fun idea to have the cards scented!

  14. What an incredible idea !! I loved it and will definitely be making some soon !!Thank you

  15. Okay, so these “scented embossing powders” are new to me….VERY, very interesting. Both cards are so sweet. I absolutely adore those little skunks. For being a “stinky” creature, they sure are cute!

  16. Love these cards & scented embossing powers sound really fun

  17. What great ideas. Thanks Amanda!

  18. Great tips for the added scent. I’ll give the bag rest a try.

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