Embossing powders come in a huge variety of colours and textures and can be easily used by beginners and professional card makers
Using embossing powders for your card projects can create many different effects but in order to do so, you will need to purchase a few basic materials.
The main item you will need to use your embossing powders is a heat gun. These can be found at most craft stores or rubber stamp suppliers. Some heat guns are better than others, so when purchasing a heat gun it is well worth checking out reviews for different ones and asking the retailer for some advice. You must always take care when using a heat gun and follow the instructions how to use it.
You will also need to have an ink pad. Ink pads come in many different colours. I find it best to use the same colour ink pad as the embossing powder you are going to use as this will eliminate the ink showing through. You can always use a clear ink pad however if you are a beginner I would start with a colour so you can see where you have stamped.
Rubber stamps are essential when using embossing powders as this is the foundation of the design. Rubber stamps can be found at craft shops and online and there are simply thousands of different shapes, designs and styles to choose from.
To begin embossing it is advisable to wipe the area where you are going to stamp with an anti static bag. I also find a light dusting of bathroom talc works just as well.
Once the area is prepared it is time to ink your stamp. Choose the colour ink you want to use,preferably clear but if you are new to card making ideas then a matching colour to your embossing powder will be fine. Always take your ink pad to the stamp rather than pressing the stamp into the inkpad, this will give the stamp an even coating.
Once you have inked your stamp you can then press it firmly onto your cardstock. Hold your hand flat over the stamp to ensure the entire image is printed, and press firmly using the palm of your hand. Lift the rubber stamp carefully away from the project and make sure you are happy with the result.
Carefully undo the lid of the embossing powder and generously sprinkle it over your stamped image. If you are using a tidy tray, all the excess embossing powder can be easily tipped back into the pot. I find a folded piece of paper works just as well.
Gently tap the back of the cardstock to allow any excess embossing powder to come off. If you can see any odd bits of embossing powder still in places it shouldn’t be use a small paint brush to gently remove it.
Use your heat gun to heat the image until it turns shiny. Hold your heat gun approximately six inches from the paper sweeping backwards and forwards until you see the embossing powder melting. Do not over heat the image as you can cause the paper and embossing powder to burn.
Once you are happy that all the embossing powder has melted you are finished.
Step back and admire your embossed image.