Hi everyone! It’s Michelle Woerner here with my first post back on the CardMaker blogging team! I am so thrilled to be back for another term with this amazing group of talented ladies and to be working with CardMaker again!
For this week’s technique I will be showing you two ways to emboss: wet and dry embossing. The term “embossing” means to create a decorative raised finish to your paper.
First I’ll show dry embossing which can be done many ways. You can emboss with a stylus and stencil, an embossing folder or die templates. For my card, I embossed using hexagon die templates. This is really easy to do once you know the correct sandwich with your cutting plates and embossing mat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve messed it up and ended up cutting into my paper (or worse, my base plate)! I eventually wrote out the sandwich on a sticky note and taped it to my machine—lol!
To begin, tape your dies onto the cardstock in the arrangement you want them to emboss.
Create the embossing sandwich by layering the following from the bottom up: embossing plate, embossing mat, dies taped to cardstock with the dies facing down into the mat, and then the base plate. Run the sandwich through the embossing machine.
Once your cardstock piece is embossed, use the larger nesting-size die template to cut out your shape.
Next I’ll show wet embossing which is embossing using ink, powder and a heat tool. This is a pretty cool technique; in fact, my son watched me do it and proclaimed it “magic!”
Prepare your cardstock by using an anti-static bag. Embossing powder is very fine and can stick to your paper and create unwanted marks. You can alleviate this by using an anti-static bag, which you can find at any big box store, or you can use a dryer sheet.
Ink your image with a juicy pigment ink pad. The kind of ink you use when embossing is critical. You need an ink that does not dry fast to allow the powder to stick to it. Pigment ink is the most common ink used for embossing.
Next, apply embossing powder to the image. I use an embossing tray (again, found in any big box store) to catch the excess powder. You will end up using very little for your image, so you can save and pour the unused powder back into your jar. You can also use coffee filters for this step.
Use your heating tool to heat the image; you can see that the right side of the image shown above is embossed and the left side is not. I heat the image in small back and forth motions. This avoids any burn marks and gives you even heat coverage. As you heat the image, you will notice the powder start to harden and have a smooth raised appearance. This is when you know it’s done. Tips: Don’t heat your paper over carpet as it can burn a hole in some materials. Also, I place my paper into an old shoebox lid which prevents it from blowing around.
Here’s a picture of my embossed image. You can see the cool smooth raised effect! These techniques are fun to play around with and I encourage you to give it a try! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Here is a close-up picture of the embossing details.
Supplies used: White cardstock and Simple Flowers and Simple Hearts stamp sets from Gina K. Designs; patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers; ocean and fresh green ink pads from ClearSnap Inc.; clear embossing powder from A Muse Studio; silver rhinestones from Want2Scrap; Hexagons die templates (#S4-368) from Spellbinders™ Paper Arts; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; star dust Stickles glitter glue from Ranger Industries Inc.; E-Z Runner and adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™.