Friday, March 23, 2012

14 Ways To Heat Emboss

Heat embossing can be an elegant addition to your stamped projects. It adds dimension, texture and sparkle. You can Heat Emboss; card stock, Designer Series Papers, Glossy White card stock, vellum, brads, On Board chipboard, and so much more!

First I'll cover the products needed to Heat Emboss like a pro:
  • A heat tool (never use a hair dryer-they are not the same), Stampin’ Emboss Powder that comes in 11 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, and Craft ink or VersaMark ink.
  • Stampin’ Emboss Powder is fine powder that comes in clear and an assortment of colors.
  • Craft ink is a pigment ink, and is used for heat embossing because it is thicker than the Classic dye ink and gives a wet, sticky surface for the embossing powder to stick to.
  • Craft ink refills come in 40 Stampin’ Up! colors, so you have a great variety of colors you can heat emboss. Just use clear embossing powder and the Craft color of your choice.
  • VersaMark ink also works for heat embossing. It can be used with clear embossing powder when you want to add a glossy finish to a project without adding color. Or use VersaMark with colored embossing powders.
  • Powder Pal, which comes with 2 trays in different sizes and a brush for easy clean up. This will keep your work area clean and keeps embossing powder contained. Then use the funnel end to return the excess powder back into the container.
The basic steps of Heat Embossing:
  • Choose the card stock, ink, embossing powder and the stamp image you want to use.
  • Gently rub the Embossing Buddy over your paper to remove static and prevent extra granules of embossing powder or glitter from sticking to your project in unwanted areas.
  • Stamp your image onto card stock using VersaMark or Craft ink. Hold onto the card stock you are stamping, because the inks are “sticky” your card stock may stick to the stamp when it is lifted.
  • After stamping, pour embossing powder over the image, cover thoroughly.
  • Shake or tap off the excess powder onto a Powder Pal tray, and pour it back into the container.
  • Turn on the heat tool and let it warm up for a minute, then hold it about 1-1/2 - 2 inches above the card stock. Move the heat tool around as you heat the image to avoid scorching. Heat the stamped image until the powder melts and turns into a shiny, raised image. Do not over heat as the ink could melt into the paper and the paper can become scorched.
  • Let project cool for a minute before handling.

14 ways to Heat Emboss:

  1. Heat emboss stamped images and greetings on cards, scrapbook pages and 3-D projects.
  2. Try embossing several layers to achieve a thick dimensional look.
  3. Stamp your image with VersaMark ink, apply Heat & Stick powder, heat with Heat Tool, then add Stampin' Glitter (Dazzling Diamonds, Fine Galaxy or Supernova), and heat again.The glitter will adhere perfectly to your project.
  4. Mix Stampin’ glitter to clear embossing powder to add a little sparkle to your project.
  5. Stamp an image, then use the VersaMark pad directly to the paper. Cover the whole surface and emboss with clear powder to create a shiny effect.
  6. Emboss Resist Technique - Heat emboss an image on Glossy card stock, then sponge Classic ink around and over the image. Use a soft tissue to wipe off excess ink. Your embossed image will stand out from the surrounding color.
  7. Watercolor Resist Technique- Once you've embossed an image, scribble around and over the image using a Watercolor Wonder Crayon, and blend using an Aqua Painter. Wipe the color from the embossed image, and allow to dry completely.
  8. Emerging Color Technique – Much like the Emboss Resist Technique, except begin by stamping colored images (bold images work best) onto Glossy card stock. Then use VersaMark to stamp a large bold image over the top of the other stamping. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Then sponge Classic ink on and around the embossed image. Wipe off and you will see the colored stamped images showing through the clear embossed image.
  9. Joseph’s Coat Technique – Another variation of the Emboss Resist Technique, use a sponge or brayer to create a rainbow on color on Glossy card stock. Stamp image, again a bold image works best, using VersaMark. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Sponge Black Classic ink all over the image and card stock. Wipe off with a soft tissue and see the beautiful color showing through.
  10. Emboss Metal Technique - you can easily change the color of a silver brad using colored embossing powder. Holding the brad with tweezers, dip the top of brad onto VersaMark pad, then dip into the embossing powder. Heat again until the embossing powder is melted.
  11. Faux Metal Technique - you can make your own faux metal letters and embellishments by building layers. For example, if you wanted to make a circle letter tag, you would emboss a card stock circle tag with silver or gold embossing powder. To build layers, just repeat the process until the desired effect is achieved.
  12. Irregular Embossing - Hold your embossing ink pad at an angle and swipe it randomly along the edges of your paper, then emboss the swiped areas. Try this with gold powder for a vintage look.
  13. VersaMarker - This pen acts as a highlighter and will give you more control over areas you want to emboss. Try highlighting small sections of your image, then embossing.
  14. Emboss Vellum - Stamp image or greeting onto vellum using VersaMark or Craft Ink. Apply clear or colored embossing powder and carefully heat until power is melted. To speed up the process & prevent the vellum from warping, lay the vellum on top of a piece of aluminum foil while heating.


  • If you are getting smeared edges or splatters of ink, your ink pad may be too wet. Remove some excess ink by pressing ink pad surface onto scrap paper.
  • If you are getting splotchy embossed images, your ink pad may be too dry. Add a few drops of ink refill around the surface of the pad.
  • Paper dries out very quickly when heated and that makes it curl and become crisp, be careful not to over heat.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and techniques and learned something new about heat embossing and will try one today.

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