Today I'm going to talk technique and share a quick step out of heat embossing. This is one technique I'm really nuts about and I'm always happy when I've taken the extra step to get out the powders and the heat gun.
Generally heat embossing is done by stamping with pigment or watermark ink, which stays wet longer than dye inks, then sprinkling on embossing powder and melting the powder with a heat gun to get that thick and shiny finish. If you use colored pigment inks to stamp you can use clear embossing powder. If you use watermark ink, which is clear, you can use colored embossing powders. I have some pigment inks and some colored embossing powders but what I have the most of is dye inks. Here is how I heat emboss with dye inks
I've been embossing this way a lot lately. Doing the second watermark ink stamping overtop of the first is easy with clear stamps and fairly uncomplicated images. For stamps with fine lines and a lot of detail maybe not. I love that I can emboss using the dye inks I already own rather than buying a whole bunch of different colored pigment inks and embossing powders.
On this layout I did the clear over dye ink embossing on the heart and Hello Summer stamps
There are some colored embossing powders you definitely need. They are gold, silver, and white.
Amy Coose made this beautifully festive Christmas layout with gold heat embossing.
I love the gold circles and splotches. You can do this with a watermark ink reinker and gold embossing powder.
Here is a card I made with silver embossing for the ornament.
And then for this card I used white embossing powder for the sentiment and gold embossing powder for the stars and ornament topper.
I do have some colored embossing powders and they're pretty awesome. For these lampshades I used American Crafts Zing embossing powders. These give a thick coat with an opaque finish.
I have a few heat embossing tips to share: Hold the paper up instead of laying it on a table when you're using the heat gun. This will help the heat circulate and melt the powder quicker. If your paper curls try using the gun to heat the back of the paper and flatten it back out. And wiping down the paper with a dryer sheet before stamping and sprinkling on the embossing powder will help prevent stray bits of powder from sticking to parts of the paper you don't want it to.
Supplies: Heart Fall: Seasons stamp set; Hello Summer: Seasons, Puffy Hearts, In a Nutshell, Beautiful; Christmas Photo: Believe; Silent Night card: Vintage Lace and Good Cheer; Believe in Miracles: Believe in Miracles; You're Brilliant: Bright Idea