Morning, thought I would mix it up a little and sprinkle in a few techniques amongst the tutorials! You may have seen the projects that I created using heat embossing powder so I thought I would post a little how-to on getting
the look. You can then apply this technique to various projects. Not only can you emboss on card and paper to make beautiful cards and scrapbook pages, but it also works on wood...
You Will Need:
Pigment Ink Pads or Clear Embossing Ink Pad,
Paper or Item to emboss onto.
* Place some scrap paper down on your work surface, you will need this to catch your excess powder to place back in your pot.
* Ink up your stamp and stamp onto your chosen surface making sure your surface is clean and free from grease as otherwise the powder will stick where you don't want it to...
(Press firmly to get a crisp impression)
* Cover your design in plenty of embossing powder. It will stick to your stamped design. Tip up your design and shake off the excess powder onto your scrap paper, fold the paper slightly and pour powder back into your pot. Taking your brush, sweep away any excess powder spots.
* Turn on your heat gun, (NOTE: YOU CAN'T USE A HAIRDRYER AS IT WILL BLOW THE POWDER AWAY - IT NEEDS TO BE A CRAFTING HEAT GUN), point the gun at the top of the design and heat a few inches away from the surface, when you see the powder start to become liquid-like move away from that area, and work your way down the design. Once it has all melted give a few circles of heat over the whole design to set. Make sure you don't overheat as it can burn and lose its lustre.
(You can see the gorgeous molten effect here)
Don't forget to clean your stamp with alcohol free baby wipes or stamp cleaner, dab with kitchen paper and leave to air dry before putting away.
Hope you enjoyed that technique, any questions please feel free to ask! Now go and make something pretty :)
(As with all crafting please take care - if embossing onto to wood / glass remember that the powder will take a little longer to melt initially, but then the surfaces will become hot. Let them cool down before handling.)