My very first foray into the world of embossing powders was over 10 years ago when I was creating baby announcements for my twin boys and wanted to stamp a white baby footprint on some blue paper. The regular white ink would just soak and fade into the paper after I stamped with it, which is not at all what I wanted. I wanted a nice, crisp white image. And that’s when I discovered the magic of embossing powders. If you’ve never tried heat embossing before, believe me… once you try it, you’ll be hooked! It’s very easy to do and the results are always very crisp and polished looking. Plus, there’s lots of ways you can use embossing powders to customize your papercrafting projects. Here’s the basics of what you need to get started: I really like the Zing! powders by American Crafts. They come in a huge variety of bold, beautiful colors as well as in glitter options (haven’t tried those yet myself, but they look awesome!). I think if you’re just starting out, try the white for sure, along with maybe some clear and a color or two that you love. Then grab your heat tool and your stamp and follow these simple steps:
You’ll be able to see the powder melt and get a glossy look to it heats. Once it’s finished, it will be slightly raised and dimensional. Beautiful! Other things that make embossing powders so awesome?
– You can use embossing powder to color embellishments like wood veneer or chipboard. Just dab the item with the ink pad, sprinkle on some powder and heat as usual. The speech bubble veneers below were colored this way.
– The embossing powder (once heated) acts as a resist for inks, watercolors, and mists. I love to use white Zing! embossing powder on some white cardstock. You can’t see the design at first since it’s white on white. However you can then mist or watercolor over that design and bring it to life. The color won’t stick to the embossed areas (the sunburst design in the sample below). I have a tutorial on this techniquehere.
– A little goes a long way! This is definitely an item that you’ll buy once and use it forever. A staple to add to your supplies!
So, what do you think? Are you already an embossing powder fan or is this all new to you? I’m hoping to include more posts like this in the upcoming year… getting back to basics and sharing the how-to of different techniques, etc. Is there a topic you’d like to see me do a post on? I’d love any feedback!