You will enjoy this video from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office about embossing techniques and learn new things! Embossing with the Heat Tool is one of the things that really amazes new people to our craft when they see it demonstrated! I think heat embossing remains magical even to us experienced stampers every time we do it, especially with the metallic embossing powders!
After stamping and applying the embossing powder, the Heat Tool melts the powder and leaves a raised, stamped image that really adds some pizzazz to your stamping repertoire.
You do need the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool in order to do this kind of heat embossing. Ours has the metal tip that gets hot while in use that is protected by a plastic cover. This makes it safer to use. I recommend always unplugging the heat tool when not in use, just so it doesn’t fall off the shelf or get bumped and accidentally turn on. I also generally recommend letting the tool heat up for a moment or two before aiming it at the embossing powder.
Be sure to use the Embossing Buddy by rubbing across your paper before stamping. This eliminates some of the static and keeps the embossing powder from sticking outside the area you are going to emboss. After applying the embossing powder and dumping off the excess, be sure to look over your piece and try to wipe off any stray specks of embossing powder. I like to keep a small watercolor brush handy to wipe off any stray powder.
We used to have separate Craft Ink pads that were good to use when embossing. However, as you see in this video, if you work quickly, you can use our current ink pads before the ink dries. It is worth your while for many other reasons to own the Versamark Ink Pad and surely every stamper has one! This works great for embossing and is mostly what everyone uses. Be sure to have the Versamark Refill because you will definitely need it.
If you haven’t already tried heat embossing, you might want to after watching this Stampin’ Up! video! Try it, I think you will like it! It certainly is impressive on cards and projects and will stun the recipients! They will think you are a highly talented professional (which, of course, you are!). You can choose various embossing powders to use. I recommend gold or silver to begin with just for their stunning beauty!