I’m so excited to share my first video tutorial with you. In this video I will walk you through the basics of embossing with stamps, AKA heat embossing.
In this tutorial video you will learn how to Emboss Using Stamps, also known as Heat Embossing. Heat embossing is an awesome technique that allows you to add a thin layer of plastic on your project.
- Embossing Powder
- Heat Tool
Embossing powder is a collector’s dream, so BE careful! 🙂 You don’t need every single colour and type that is available! You want versatile ones to get started. (After that you can go a little bit crazy!)
- Clear detail
That’s all you ‘need’ to get started!
Heat tools are designed for embossing. They heat to the right temperature and they do not blow too much air, so they don’t blow the powder off of your project. If you try to use your hair dryer it will blow the powder off of your page and you are not going to be very happy with the result. Get the right tool, save yourself some time, and they are not very expensive! ***NOTE: They do get VERY HOT, so be careful!
Both acrylic and rubber stamps work well for embossing. Most designs will be fine. Watch out for extremely detailed stamps. You will need a very fine embossing powder and you may still be dissatisfied with the results. Generally most stamps are fine!
You need a ‘sticky’ ink. What does that mean? You need an ink that stays wet long enough to hold the powder for embossing. Versamark works very well, as do craft/pigment inks.
Other Handy Tools:
Paintbrush: to brush off extra embossing powder that sticks where you don’t want it
Tool: to hold down a small piece of paper you are embossing (I use a paper piercer)
Embossing Buddy/Magic: chalk bag to coat your project to prevent embossing powder from sticking to any fingerprints or other unwanted areas of your paper.
(If you don’t have an embossing buddy/magic you can rub a USED dryer sheet over the paper to reduce static cling)
Ideas for Using Embossing:
- Custom Backgrounds
- Add shine to page embellishments
- Add texture to cards
- You can emboss on vellum paper
- Create custom embellishments
- Make a border
- Mix embossing powders (colours and textures) to create a custom look
- Emboss on an album (TEST a hidden area first, and be EXTRA cautious!)
Look for more embossing techniques under the TUTORIALS tab at the top of the page.
Have you tried heat embossing before? Did it feel like ‘magic’ the first time you saw it? Are you inspired to give embossing a try? If you have questions or would like to share a story about embossing, please leave it in the comments!
Let your creativity shine!
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