What Is Embossing and How Do You Do It?
Throughout this post I will be explaining what embossing is, the different techniques and methods you can try, hints and tips and the various types of powders that can be used.
Embossing enhances the look and feel of your project or surface by creating an impression or raised design.
Techniques and Methods:
• Before you start place some scrap paper underneath your project then, ink up your stamp using your embossing ink pad.
• Carefully stamp onto your project.
• Sprinkle your chosen embossing powder over the stamped area and remove any excess powder by lifting and lightly tapping your project onto the paper underneath.
• Slightly fold the paper with the powder on and pour back into your powder container.
• Use your heat tool to heat the area with your powder until the powder has all melted (this will create a raised shinny plastic coating/effect).
Double and Triple Embossing
• For this your stamp will need to be an outline of an image for it to work effectively.
• Stamp your outline using embossing ink and emboss as previously explained in “Basic embossing”.
• When you have embossed your outline colour in your image using your preferred materials this could be felt pens, pencil or chalk.
• Dab a sponge on your ink pad and then dab over your design until it is all covered, add more powder and then heat.
• For triple repeat the previous step again.
Clear on Clear Embossing
• This method works best on darker coloured backgrounds.
• Ink up stamp and stamp onto project.
• Pour on clear powder, remove excess powder and heat.
• This should create a subtle image and the colour from underneath should be visible.
• This creates a simple easy design that catches your eye but can also be used as part of other designs. For example, you can now use a sponge to blend ink over the top (most effective with one then one colour), the ink will not stay on the embossed area (if it does wipe with a dry tissue) leaving the background visible.
Over Embossing for A Glossy or Lacquer Finish
• Instead of using your embossing ink pad for this you will need a coloured ink pad.
• Stamp your image onto your surface with a coloured ink pad.
• Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the top of the design, remove excess powder and heat from underneath.
• Keep apply powder and heating until you have built up a shiny, smooth surface over your image.
Dry Embossing Creates A Raised Surface Without Needing to Apply Any Heat.
Using A Stencil
• For this you will need to use a stencil and a tool called a stylus.
• To start using blue tac, masking tape or stencil glue attach your stencil to the back of your paper or card.
• Turn your paper over and using your stylus gently push/rub in the gaps of the stencil creating dents.
• This works best with either a metal or brass stencil
• Place your paper or card inside the embossing folder. When placing inside make sure you have the paper or card the right way around, this will depend on which way round you want your raised or indented area to be (positive or negative design).
• Put the fold through your die cut machine/rollers (or whatever machine you have available).
• To create a bolder effect, use paper or card with a white or contrasting core.
• You can add more detail by sanding the raised area once you have taken your card or paper out of your folder.
• Another technique you can try is adding ink to the inside of your folder. Again, this will depend on which way round you want the design, but you can add ink to the smooth or indent side of your fold.
• After applying your ink insert your card or paper and put through your machine.
• You can use this technique along side die cutting to add more detail your die cut shapes.
• After you have finished with your folder you can use various techniques and methods to add colour and detail to your embossing card or paper.
• Position your stencil and hold down by using masking tape on your paper and stencil.
• Spread over paste over the top of your project to create the raised design and leave to dry.
• When your paste has dried you can add colour by using paints, pens, pencils etc
• Pastes can be brought in an assortment of colours and the white and translucent pastes can be coloured using pigments and mica powders.
Wet Paper Emboss:
• To start wet your paper (tissue paper or kitchen tissue works well) by putting it in tub filled with water and then squeeze out any air bubbles.
• Place your stamp on your surface with the image facing up and place your paper over the top.
• Using a clean cloth gently apply pressure making sure the paper fills all the gaps and indents of the stamp (otherwise you won’t have the full effect of the stamp image).
• When you can see that the paper has taken the mould from the stamp take it off and leave to dry (this may take a few hours).
• When your paper is dry trim away the unwanted paper.
• if you wet your paper too much it will not set (it’s best to have a few attempts and practice before you use it for a project).
• When you have finished you can spray the paper with acrylic varnish to make it firmer if this is required for your project.
Hints and Tips:
• Wiping your surface before stamping will reduce static, to so use a used fabric sheet.
• If you are cutting out an embossed image, make sure that you do not cut the embossed area as this will break the seal and will cause it to flake off.
• Embossing powders start to melt at 200-300 ̊.
• Oils from your skin can transfer onto your surface. If this happens you may end up with powder around the design and not just the stamped area, to get rid of the unwanted powder brush gently with a dry brush.
• Most powders are now sold in antistatic packaging so keep the powders in their original containers. This includes the main Embossing powder that we supply - WOW! Embossing.
Types of Powders:
Embossing powders are used to add details and elegance to your projects, they are available in different grade sizes and powder properties:
• Regular – This is the most common grade sizes as the particle sizes in the powder are made to suit most application types.
• Superfine/detailed – The raised finish on these powders is not as big but gives a clear crisp finish. This type of powder is designed for small areas and adding details.
• Ultrahigh/Ultra thick – This is a chunky powder that is best used in large areas and when using triple embossing techniques. It has a high raised finish but can not be used with regular or detailed stamps.
• Braille – Braille powders is made for embossing Braille text.
• Translucent – This type of powder allows the light through causing the colour to be affected by the background colour used.
• Opaque – This is the opposite to translucent, it does not let the light through and the colours are not affected by the background colour.
• Marbling – These are powders that have white bases which show through when used.
• Clear powders - These are translucent powder that allow all colours that underneath show through creating a smooth raised image.
• Metallic colour powders - These powders are completely opaque meaning they will not be affected by the colours underneath and will not allow any colours to show through.
• Pearlescent colour powders/Embossing pearls - Most of these will look like they are clear colours when in the containers. When heated they create a smooth pearlescent shimmer that reflects the light. The depth of the colour and shimmer changes depending on the base colour you are using, to get the full effect use dark colours as your base.
• Metaline colour powders - These are strongly pigmented opaque lustre powders that create a deep colour.
• Primary colour powders - These powders are affected by the background colour. When heated they have a smooth and glossy finish. You can also get opaque primary colours.
• Earth tone colour powders - These are subtle rustic colours that are completely opaque. They create a natural finish if you are looking for something with less shimmer or glossy finish.
• Opaque pastel colour powders - These are subtle soft hue colours with a high gloss finish.
• Puff powders - Perfect for big raised textures finish.
• Fluorescent colour powders/Embossing Adirondack - These are opaque bright and vibrant colours with a range of finishes.
• Glintz/Tinsel - Create the ultimate shimmer finish.
We hope you find this helpful.
If you have any questions please contact us and we will do what we can to help