Over the next couple of weeks I am going to present a FREE Class on Powder Embossing. It will start with the basics and then, step by step, we will go on to many versatile ways you can use “Powder Keg Embossing Powders”. To begin with we will need:
Heat Tool/Gun – No, a hairdryer will not do, though some have used irons and toasters in the past :)
EP – Embossing Powders, preferably Powder Keg by P K Glitz for best results.
Embossing Ink Clear – Though Versamark Watermark is good for water marking, if you want best embossing results, you need to use an “embossing ink”. They are designed to give you more ink on your paper capturing more EP, resulting in a more colorful finish. I suggest Emboss It or something similar.
CS – Cardstock – The better the quality the better your final results. Thin, inexpensive cardstock has a tendency to “warp” with less professional results.
Stamps – Your choice
AS Brush – Anti Static Brush/Powder – In trying to become more Eco Friendly we offer an Anti Static, natural hair brush now which, when brushed over your CS, helps eliminate static cling of small EP bits.
Fine Tip Brush for detail work – Optional
Tidy ray – Optional
Let’s Begin……………… after gathering all our materials, let’s begin with a small stamping. We are simply going to emboss a message which can be added to card or page.
Gently brush your CS with your Anti Static Brush.
Ink your stamp liberally. I prefer actually “inking the stamp” so that I can see that all areas of the stamp are damp.
Apply stamp to CS. A medium pressure is sufficient. If you push too hard you can actually change the impression of the rubber and get a less than crisp image.
Immediately pour on your EP. Gently tap off excess. Use fine tip brush to rid any EP bits you do not want.
Turn your heat tool on and let it warm just a little before applying to powder. (Two trains of thought on heating powder. 1. Apply heat from back of CS. 2. Apply heat to top of CS directly over EP. I have found that the latter is better if I am using the proper embossing ink, I can heat EP directly and have more control over the finish.)
As you begin to heat powder:
1. Don’t wave your heat tool like Harry Potter’s wand. Leave it generally in one place until you start to see it melt.
2. As your powder begins to melt – MOVE on to the un-melted area. We call this M&M (Melt and Move).
3. Once the EP melts, don’t linger. EP does not get “shiny-er”. Shiny is all you get. :)
Due to the quality of Powder Keg Embossing Powders, you will find that you can heat them without getting a milky hazy look. You will also see beautiful high rise and rich color. TIP – You may find that your metallic colors melt a little more quickly. It is just the nature of the beast. Also, yes, embossing powder can age, especially the metallics.
“Installment 2” follows January 26. We will take on a larger project with multiple colors. If you have any questions on today’s class, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will answer them by name in our next installment.