I was shopping at CJ Banks on my birthday and just LOVED!, loved, loved the colors and design on their shopping bags and tissue stickers.
So I bought 2 different kinds of white embossing powder (in addition to finding more blue paper that was a good match). I rushed home and tried again. . . .and sure enough I was getting a clean image every time.
Then I just had to try the old one again to make sure it wasn't something weird like humidity in the craft room the 1st day I was trying or dirty fingers or as Val thought. . .some sort of weird finish on the cardstock I was originally using. And the old embossing powder produced the same bad results - powder all over the place.
And there you have it. . . .it looks like embossing powder CAN get old. [And just I was wrote this I popped out on to Google and sure enough. . .there's tons of forum posts about similar problems and confirmations that the melting ingredient in the embossing powder can fade and lose it's sticky ability.]
I'm going to go ahead and send the ones I made on the 1st attempt to the family for their weekly card this week. They all love me and will understand if the cards are less than perfect. But I will make another 1/2 dozen of the same design to keep in my Thank You card stash. Can never had enough gratitude in your life ;-).
Take care and have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday.