Thursday, March 09, 2006

Fun With Heat Embossing

While regular embossing is a great way to add dimension and texture to a page, heat embossing is a little twist that's just plain fun.

You can take a pretty element from your page and make it look professional with a few sprinkles of embossing powder and a blast from a heating element.

Heat embossing can be used with stamps, embossing pens, or just sprinkled randomly to ahieve a great 3-D, liquidy finish.

The best part is that it's easy.

In this layout, the white snowflakes and the title were heat embossed using stamps.

To copy this technique, simply ink your stamp with embossing ink (any inkpad that stays moist and doesn't dry immediately will work), stamp your page, and then dust embossing powder over the image. Shake off any excess powder (it can be reused, so don't toss the remnants), and then heat it with an embossing tool for a few seconds.

Simple, right!?

The best part is if you make mistakes, you can just use an embossing pen to fill in the bare areas and repeat the process all over again (I learned that trick from a fellow scrapbooker and instructor).

If you use the pens to begin with, you can emboss your own designs, or use it to make your handwritten titles pop.

This way you don't have to worry about always having the perfect stamp on hand.

To decorate background pages you can sprinkle embossing powder freehand and then heat it.

Tip: This is definitely the least controllable method. Keep in mind that whatever powder is on the page will melt and become a permanent part of your layout.

This works great to make snowy backgrounds or to create rain or splashes.

Play with the colour of ink you use, as well as the type of embossing powder. There are so many great ways to use heat embossing on your page layouts, accents, greeting cards, bookmarks, etc.

You can create all kinds of 3-D images with these techniques. Like all crafting techniques, play with it until you find the method that works best for you. Explore these and other techniques until you get the exact look you want.

Happy Embossing!!

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