Embossing is the process of creating a raised image or design in or on your paper. There are many ways this can be accomplished in crafting, but the most common techniques are embossing powder, embossing paste and embossing folders.
Embossing powders react/melt with heat and come in a variety of colours and thicknesses. The powders need something sticky to adhere to like ink, tape, glue and even water.
While a lot of people may think that embossing is very old fashioned technique, it’s time to bring it back! Embossing can make your projects regal and sophisticated or aid in a distressed look. Try out the techniques below to bring embossing back to your projects.
Tip: As we go through these projects it is expected that you will know the basics of how to emboss.
Technique 1 – Freezer Cracking
You will require: Watermark inkpad, heat tool, 355gsm white cardstock, glue, vintage picture of your choice, clear embossing powder and your freezer.
Glue the vintage picture to 355gsm white cardstock and cut to size. (Photos 1and 2)
Generously ink the vintage picture with Watermark inkpad. Cover with embossing powder. (Photo 3)
Ink and emboss with more powder at least 4 times. (Photo 4)
Put in your freezer. (Photo 5)
When you remove it from the freezer, bend the paper and you will see it crack. The thicker the embossing the bigger the cracks.
Be careful not to lift the embossing from the paper.
To bring out the cracks, blend some distress ink over the top and it will get into the cracks. Wipe off excess with paper towel. (Photo 6)
Technique 2 – Resist Technique
You will require: Dylusion ink sprays, Watermark inkpad, Puff Static Away Pillow, heat tool, white cardstock, stamps of your choice. Shown is the Kaszazz Mandala Centres set, clear embossing powder, blending tool and Distress Ink: Black Soot.
- To create the coloured background, spray Dylusion inks onto the card. Used here are Calypso Teal, Bubblegum Pink and Fresh Lime. (Photo 1) Let completely dry.
- Using your normal embossing process randomly stamp the coloured background and emboss with clear powder. (Photo 2) Let cool.
- Using the Black Soot inkpad and blending tool, colour over your entire cardstock piece. (Photo 3)
- Take a baby wipe and clean over the embossed areas. This will bring out the colour from underneath the embossed areas.(Photo 4)
Technique 3 – Multi-Layering Powders
You will require: A clear embossing inkpad like Watermark, Puff Static Away Pillow, heat tool, white cardstock, a 2-step stamp like the one pictured (Photo 1) and 2 different embossing powders. I am using a Clearsnap Copper and Silver.
- Following your normal embossing routine, stamp the first layer of the stamp with copper embossing powder. Allow to completely cool. (Photo 2) If the bottom layer is still hot when applying the next layer, it will not work as the powder will not just stick to the image but stick everywhere it is hot.
- Rub over your first stage embossing with the static pillow (Photo 3) then stamp the second layer of your stamp with the watermark inkpad and cover in silver embossing powder.
- Remove excess powder. (Photo 4)
- As you are heating you will notice that the sliver embossing powder will melt and start melding into the copper. (Photo 5) Do not overheat as the powders will become one.
Technique 4 – Double-sided Tape Technique
You will require: double-sided tape, heat tool, scrap cardstock, die of your choice – shown here is the Bellish Round Lace Thick Paper Die and silver embossing powder.
- Cover your scrap cardstock in double sided tape, getting the tape as close together as you can and making sure that the tape is the same width as the paper die. (Photo 1)
- Cut out the die, making sure it lines up on your taped section. (Photo 2)
- Remove the double-sided tape. (Photo 3)
- Cover in embossing powder. (Photo 4)
- Heat to set. (Photo 5)
- Completed embossed die cut. (Photo 6)
Technique 5 – Embossing Stencils
You will require: Distress inkpad- Salty Ocean, Puff Static Away Pillow, blending tool, heat tool, white cardstock, painters tape, stencil of your choice. Shown is a Tim Holtz Collection Stencil, and Opalescence embossing powder.
- Use the static pillow all over the area you want to emboss. (Photo 1)
- Tape down the cardstock to your work surface. (Photo 2)
- Tape down the stencil over the top of the cardstock and to your work surface. You don’t want anything to move. (Photo 3)
- Blend over the top of the stencil using the blending tool and Salty Ocean ink making sure to give a very good coverage of the ink. (Photo 4)
- Quickly remove the stencil and cover in embossing powder. (Photo 5)
- Heat embossing powder. The opalescence is a clear sparkly embossing powder so it will dry clear with a hint of sparkle. Just beautiful! (Photo 6)
Technique 6 – Create your own embellishments
You will require: Watermark inkpad, 2-way glue, Puff Static Away Pillow, heat tool, white cardstock, triplicate cardstock diecut of your choice and gold, silver and copper embossing powder.
- Cut out your die cuts and stick them together. (Photo 1)
- Lay a weight over your triplicate cut outs until the glue dries. (Photo 2)
- Rub die cuts with static pillow and ink with watermark inkpad. (Photo 3)
- Cover inked die cut with embossing powder and heat until embossing powder is melted. Repeat this step 3 times. (Photo 4)
- Pictured is the completed embossing embellishments. (Photo 5)
By Elaine Heinrich