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Friday, February 27, 2009

A little bit about heat embossing

Heat Embossing is a technique that everyone loves it! and many think that is too complicated. I have been ask many times about this technique, so I think I should write a lil bit about it. Heat embossing is not that complicated and the results are very nice. Always look elegant and classy. The shinny and rise look of it is always stunning. Heat embossing is all about what you need and the steps to do it. So I will try to share with you this two things. First, what you need: 1) an ink that allows you to heat emboss (I recommend Versamark watermark ink) this ink allows you to use the embossing powder and the heat tool to create a great effect, 2) embossing powder you have to be careful with the quality of the embossing powder, cheaper is not always better, 3)the heat tool and again cheaper is not always good, try to find one that is a good quality, I recommend Marvy heat tool. If you want to get best results buy a X-static pouch and a tidy tray (I use the clamshells our stamps comes in, thanks Maribel for this tip!).

Second, how to do it. Start stamping your image with the versamark ink, inmediately sprinkle the embossing powder (while the ink is wet) and with your heat tool melt the powder and that you are done! Sometimes the cardstock create a static that's why using the xtatic pouch can give you better results.

Let me know if you have more questions, I will try to answer them here on my blog! and also will try to upload a mini video or a tutorial showing the steps!

A note about choosing embossing powders: if you use the versamark watermark ink you need to buy the color you will use. First start with black to use on coloring images. If you want to work the technique with bold stamps you need to choose the color you need for the project you want to do (ex. christmas tree - green, hearts - red and so on). If you have inks that allows you to use the technique, like Staz-On, Brillance and others you can get the clear embossing powder and that way you get the same results in the ink color!

Card Recipe:

A kind of gratitude, Spanish Sentiment set, White Embossing Powder, Versamark Watermark Ink, DCWV cardstocks: Robbin Egg #2, Harvest Orange , Red #1


Love,
Diana

5 comments:

Ginger - Angel 1427 said...

Hi girl - Heat embossing is what got me into rubberstamping many years ago. It was so fun and easy...I became a junkie.

Seleise said...

I love heat embossing and you've done a wonderful job of explaining it. great!

Lisadwb said...

I love heat embossing,I don't use it often enough, but I love the look.

Barb said...

Lovely card, Diana... and your instructions are easy to understand... great job!

Stampedbyanangel@aol.com said...

What a colorful card with some great instructions.