without further ado, i present to you, embossing 101. note - i was just playing around with this, trying to create the rehearsal dinner invites, so there's still some work to be done there and all kinds of typos, incorrect dates, etc. all photos taken from my blackberry cam.
materials needed: stamp(s), embossing powder, heat gun (no, your straightener or hair dryer will not work. hair dryer will blow the powder off and the straightener is just a horrible idea haha), stamp ink (i used watermark ink because it's clear and i can also use for watermarks), and scrap paper to put underneath the project to catch excess powder.
step 1 (we can have lots of fun.. sorry, had to throw in the old school NKOTB reference there) - take your stamp and cover entire stamp area with the watermark stamp pad. sometimes you can actually hold the stamp and apply the stamp pad to the stamp to make sure it's fully covered.
step 2 - apply the stamp to designated area of your project. make sure to press firmly but don't wiggle it or else it will smudge.
|see the pretty watermark? you can leave it as-is, or continue on with the embossing. the watermark is a nice way to add more details but in a subtle way.|
step 3 - act fast, because you don't want the ink to start drying. pour enough embossing powder to cover your imprint...
step 4 -turn on the heat gun and hold about 1/4"-1/2" away from the powder-covered stamp. you don't need to pre-heat the gun, it warms up immediately. slowly move the heat over the embossed area until you see the powder start to set. don't hold over for more than 30 seconds (shouldnt take more than 15-20) or it will start to brown the paper
|haha i just noticed my random foot in this picture.|
and that's it!
it is SO easy to do and now that i know how, i will definitely be incorporating this little detail wherever i can for the menus, programs, and a few other pieces here and there. cost breakdown: heat gun $23, stamps ~$3-$8 (but you can get stamps anywhere, they don't have to be from paper source), embossing powder ~$4-$8, watermark ink pad ~$4-$8. the paper was the most expensive part but again, i will probably go to officemax or somewhere like that to get bulk paper in the colors i want. and everything else will last me through the process and i can keep the stamps & heat gun forever!
below are a few more pics of some other trials i played around with:
|here i was trying to see if i could do 2 colors on top of each other. to do this i first did the pink one and then re-stamped and covered with the white powder.|
|this was my other rehearsal dinner invite trial, but i'll come back with more on that later. i wouldn't use all 3 colors together, but i wanted to see what they'd all look like on the paper stock i will be using.|
|close-up of the watermark in a different spot|