How to Heat Emboss

Jan 29, 2018 | Paper Party Videos, Tutorials & Videos

How to Heat Emboss

Jan 29, 2018 | Paper Party Videos, Tutorials & Videos

Heat embossing is a staple technique in papercrafting. Let’s get this one added to your toolkit!

I love teaching heat embossing and seeing the look on someone’s face the first time that powder melts and creates an amazing glossy result. It is just soooo cool! I mean, who would think that stamping, applying a powder and then heating it up would lead to anything so wow?!

When I was growing up, we didn’t have a Heat Gun, so we used a lightbulb, or even a pan on an electric stove! Yikes! Today, we have more appropriate tools. Beware, though – the Heat Gun DOES get very, very hot! Don’t ever point it at anyone, keep your fingers clear, and don’t heat your image on a surface that can be damaged by heat – like wood, paper or even formica. You want a heat-resistant surface, or hold the image up in the air.

Of course, there are some other steps to take to ensure that you have good results. Here’s how you do it!

How to Heat Emboss

  1. Use an Embossing Buddy (anti-static bag) to remove static from the surface.
  2. Ink up the image using Versamark embossing ink, and stamp the image on the prepared surface.
  3. Coat the inked image in the desired embossing powder.
  4. Tap to remove excess embossing powder. Use a small paintbrush if necessary, to remove any stray powder.
  5. Heat image with a Heat Gun.
  6. Once the image starts to melt, move the Heat Gun around until the entire image is complete.
  7. Let cool for a few seconds.
  8. Finish your design!

This is a part of my Paper Party video series – an introduction to stamping basics. Enjoy, the video! Supplies used are listed afterwards.

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