First, decide what effect you want on your project. Do you want a clear effect that resembles a water stain? Or do you want a raised pop of color? Whichever you choose, you must use a pigment ink to heat-emboss. Why? Because pigment ink is a thick slow-drying ink that embossing powder sticks to long enough for you to heat-set it. If you use a dye ink, embossing powder will not stick to it and the powder will fall off. I almost always use VersaMark watermark ink; it does not say that it is “pigment ink” on the label, but it is. The VersaColor inks are pigment inks, too. When I use a clear pigment ink, it allows me to use any type of embossing powder for many different effects on my projects and seems more economical, too.
- Clear ink and clear powder (water stain effect shown in blue sample above)
- Clear ink and metallic powder (gold and silver samples shown above)
- Colored ink and clear powder (purple sample shown above)
- Clear ink and colored powder (top red sample shown below)
- Colored ink and colored powder (bottom red sample shown below)
- VersaMarker watermark pen (“Easter” word shown on sample card)
There are so many embossing powders to choose from that it can be overwhelming. What does it all mean? For a water stain effect, choose clear ink with clear powder and it will take on a darker shade of your cardstock. If you want a pop of color, choose clear ink with colored powder or colored ink with colored powder. Some are shiny or some are opaque with no shine. Metallics are all the rage right now and the gold and silver embossing powders from Ranger are my favorite.
Next, rub your cardstock in the area to be stamped with an embossing buddy or a dryer sheet to eliminate static cling. Nothing is more frustrating than having embossing powder where you don’t want it. If you have a few stray specks of powder, use a fine paintbrush and brush those specks away from your stamped image. Now you’re ready to stamp, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat-set with an embossing tool to watch the magic happen.
The combinations and effects are endless. I hope I’ve inspired you to get embossing and see what you can create.
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Supplies used: Tropical cardstock assortment, Zing! clear embossing powder, spring ribbon and pastel medium brads from American Crafts; Easter Collection Kit, die cuts and Happy Easter stamp set from Echo Park Paper Co.; VersaColor scarlet ink pad, VersaMark watermark ink pad and VersaMarker ink pen from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; gold and silver super-fine metallic and red geranium embossing powders from Ranger Industries Inc.; ColorBox warm violet ink pad from Clearsnap; jubilee and necessities red enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye; olive felt leaves and medium pastel iridescent blossoms from Creative Impressions Inc.; embossing buddy from Stampin’ Up!