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Top 3 Tips for Heat Embossing

Recently, a customer reached out to me with questions about a card project that just wasn’t coming together for her.  Her stamped image didn’t have the emphasis she was hoping for and it made her card seem off balance.  I recommended heat embossing.  It’s one of my favorite ways to add subtle texture and shine to a project.  Today I’m going to share with you my best tips to make heat embossing quick and easy.

Silhouette card

For this quick card, I used our Yesterday & Today Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts.  Heat embossing with black embossing powder gave the silhouette a rich, glossy color and a subtle raised texture.

Quick Tips

  1. Always use an anti-static pouch before stamping your image.  Embossing powder seems to cling to the wrong spots on my projects.  I use an anti-static pouch before stamping and I also keep a small paint brush on hand so I can brush off any small flecks of powder before I turn on my heat tool.
  2. Turn your heat gun on and let it get good and hot before directing it to your project.  You’ll get a more even melt time if you run the heat tool 10 to 20 seconds before hand.
  3. Air needs to pass through your paper as it heats to avoid warping and curling  Hold your project with tweezers so you don’t burn your fingers!

Step By Step Instructions

The next time you need to add emphasis to a stamped image or want to create a rich, glossy effect, try heat embossing.  Use these helpful hints get started and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more of my Quick Tips video series.

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