Creating heat embossed coasters is a great way to add a personal touch and festive flair to your holiday décor. With just a few simple supplies, you can create beautiful, unique coasters that will be the perfect addition to any holiday gathering.
How To Make Heat Embossed Coasters
Making your own coasters is super easy to do with just a few materials and your favorite rubber stamps. You can decorate coasters as gifts this holiday season, or create fabulous new table protectors with your own personal touch to them. We are happy with how our coasters turned out!
What you will need:
- Rubber Stamps
- Plain Coaster (Any size will do.)
- Tissue Paper -Embossing Powder
- Ink (We used Gold Color Box and VersaMark watermark stamp pads from Paper Source)
- Heat Tool (We used a Paper Source brand heat embosser)
Step by Step:
Start by cleaning off your coaster with a brush or sponge and choose your prefered color of ink for the project (Note: the ink color will not be the final color of your coaster and instead it will be the color of the embossing powder you use). Next, decide which stamp you would like to use and evenly apply ink to your stamp block. Press your stamp firmly and evenly across your coaster and then remove your stamp from the coaster without twisting to avoid smeering your print.
Use your stamp block to align your stamp with the coaster to ensure you are centered. If you don't have a stamp block with a grid you can find them at RubberStamps.com.
Place a piece of paper under your coaster to catch any exess embossing power. Then choose your favorite color and generously spread it over your stamped coaster. It is okay to spread your powder generously over your impression because you can easily tap off the excess and save it for later. When choosing an embossing powder, keep in mind that your final impression will turn out the color of the powder you choose, not the color of the ink. After your coaster is completely covered make sure to save your extra powder for later projects!
Use a small tool, like a paintbrush, to brush off any extra powder that may affect the look of your design. Brushing off the extra powder will ensure a crisp, clean finish to your design. We do not recommend using your finger as the ink may still be wet and can lead to smeering your end result.
Use your heat embosser to create a 3 dimensional effect to your impression. To do this, simply turn on your heating tool and sweep it over your image for about 20-30 seconds, holding it 3-6 inches away from your tissue paper. Make sure not to hold the heat embosser too closely to your image to prevent your coaster from burning. You will notice that as the powder melts, it will create an elegant raised effect to your impression.