If you are new to embossing, here is a quick how-to guide to get you started. In this case, we’ll take you through the process of heat embossing on paper or card stock, but you can emboss a variety of other materials too, including ceramics, fabrics, glass, and wood.
The process for embossing on paper is very straightforward and fun to learn, and when you feel confident you can try hand-drawing your own designs or even make your own stamps. The first thing you’ll need is a heat gun. I have written a buying guide for that.
Just so you know you will need a heat gun, a hairdryer wont reach the temperature required to melt the embossing powder. It’s more likely to blow the powder everywhere than to give you the results you want.
Here are the other tools you need to get started:
- Card or paper stock
- An anti-static pouch
- A stamp or embossing pens
- A VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
- Embossing powder
First, lightly rub your anti-static pouch over your card stock.
If you are using a stamp, load your stamp using your pigment Inkpad. Stamp the design onto your card or paper stock.
Coat the area you have stamped with your embossing powder, tipping away excess powder onto a spare sheet of paper. If you do this you’ll find that you can easily funnel/pour it back into the powder pot for reuse.
Check that there are no stray particles on your card. You can use a fine paintbrush to make sure everything looks neat and tidy.
Now it’s time to set the embossing powder with your heat gun using circular motions. After a few seconds, you will start to see the embossed effect appear.
You can also use embossing pens to hand-draw your own design. Just remember to use the anti-static pad first. Once you have drawn out your image, the process is the same as above.
And that’s it, very simple but very effective.