What is heat embossing and how do you do it?
Heat embossing provides a slightly dimensional, raised effect and gives an elegant look to just about any stationary project.
What will you need?
A stamp: You can use any rubber stamp for your project, but we suggest using a stamp with bold, clear lines in order to achieve a crisp embossed image. We took our chances with an intricately designed stamp, and our turned out great!
Embossing Powder: Powders come in all different colors and types, but gold and black are the most versatile.
Paper: Pretty much any paper can be used for embossing from card stock, to construction paper, and even glossy and specialty papers. It is wise to use a heavier paper weight so that the edges don't curl up when heated with the embossing gun.
Ink: You will want to use a pigment ink pad because they dry slowly, giving you time to apply embossing powder that will stick to your image before you heat it up. If you stamp with colored ink, your embossed image will still show up as the color of your embossing powder and not the ink used. However, using different colored inks can enhance your image and add some depth to it. We experimented with different ink colors and found that with glittery embossing powder, our images had an almost holographic effect.
An embossing gun: These are relatively inexpensive and help you target your heat towards the image very easily, preventing you from burning your fingers. Make sure you are embossing on a heat resistant surface. heat embossers can get up to 600 degrees!
How to heat emboss: Ink the stamp with your embossing ink pad and stamp on your paper.