Heat embossing is fairly simple.
I will walk you through the steps, talk about the supplies and, show you some variations.
Please always remember the heat tool is hot when turned on, it can burn you!
You will need some supplies:
A Rubber stamp (bold lines are better)
A Heat Tool
Versamark Ink Pad or Pigment Ink (needs to be slow drying)
Okay let’s talk about some of the supplies you may not be familiar with.
First up is the Heat Tool
The heat tool is basically a blow dryer without so much air.
They have been used in larger form to strip paint.
I can’t stress this enough this baby gets HOT!
It has an on and off switch, you point and heat.
Okay next up is the Versamark Pad
This ink pad is clear and STICKY!
You want an ink that is slow drying to get a good impression that will stay wet so the powder can stick.
Which leads into the Embossing Powder
This looks like a white powder when added to the ink but when heated it melts clear.
You can buy other colors including Gold and Black
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Okay now that you are familiar with the supplies needed to heat emboss lets get into how to heat emboss.
I stress heat embossing because there are also ways to dry emboss which will be another tutorial.
I used one stamp out of Bordering on Romance for all the pictures that follow.
I used the larger stamp with the three flowers in it.
Nice bold lines with room to add color.
Okay Step one:
Stamp your image onto card stock with the Versamark ink.
As you can see the image is not very dark, that is because the ink is clear.
Trust me all will reveal itself soon enough.
Dump embossing powder over image
Once you have done this, simply dump the powder back into the container.
The powder should stick to only the stamped image.
Lightly tap the back of the card stock to remove any excess powder.
Your image should now look like it’s covered in a white powder.
Plug in your heat tool and turn it on.
Aim it at the image about one to two inches away.
In small circles go around the image until it starts to melt.
you will know it is melting because it gets shiny.
Only the right half is embossed.
Do not hold your heat tool in one spot for any length of time as you risk burning your paper.
When you are finished heating the embossing powder your image should be shiny, smooth and, raised slightly.
That’s it, you have heat embossed your first image.
What you do with it is endless.
I have included some images of different ideas for heat embossing.
Click on Images to see a larger slide show of these images with the captions.
I hope this tutorial was helpful!
Let me know what you think or if you have more questions
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