Today I want to share with you some tips on how to heat emboss cards. Heat embossing is a really fun and surprisingly easy way to add a lot of WOW to your cards. Let's take a look at a card where I used white heat embossing to put some pop onto dark card stock:
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Back to how to heat emboss on cards!
Believe it or not, this truly is a super easy technique. There are only three – well maybe four – additional things you will need to do this technique and once you get started you will not want to stop!
Simply put, all you do is stamp whatever you want to heat emboss with a Versamark pad, sprinkle the embossing powder over the sticky ink and tap off the excess and then heat with the Heat tool until the embossing powder melts into a glorious, crisp image on your card stock. The fourth thing I mentioned that you might need is a used dryer sheet. WHAT? Well, if you are in an area or it's a time of year when there is a lot of static in the air, you might need/want to prepare your card stock by giving it a quick swipe with a used dryer sheet to eliminate any static on your card stock. This will ensure that no rogue grains of embossing powder will sneak off to create distractions on your project.
When you are heating your embossing powder on your project, move your heat tool back and forth in sweeping motions over your project. This will keep the overall heat even – and the air coming out is HOT so NEVER point it at your fingers! – and keep any areas from getting scorched. You will be able to watch the embossing powder melt into individual grains and then when you see it all come together as one smooth and “liquid” looking effect, you are done. Overheating will dull the sheen and can cause the embossed parts to crack off the card so stop when you get that liquid look.
Here's a closer peek at how beautiful the heat embossed image is on this card:
The advantage of the heat embossing over just using white ink is that it IS much crisper and it offers just the faintest glossy sheen making it really POP. Stampin' Up currently carries embossing powder in Clear, Copper, Gold, Silver and White and I have them all and I love them all! Here's another look at the balloon element on this project:
I used my new Mini Stampin' Dimensionals for the balloon and my 10 Second Bow Maker for the teeny tiny Linen Thread Bow – without that bow maker I would never have been able to get that thread to behave!
Here are the other Stampin' Up! products I used to make this card – you can click on any of the images to add them to your shopping cart:
Here's a last peek at this project – and remember, all of these images will be on my Pinterest boards so head on over, follow me and save them for your own reference later!
Now that you've learned a little about how to heat emboss on cards try it out – you will love the effect and you WILL be doing it all the time!