|Posted: 3/3/2013 8:29:07 PM|Hi everyone! Please help me. I fell in love with heat embossing and was wondering if you will share your best tips with me?
I am still scared to burn the paper. Lol.
|Posted: 3/3/2013 8:48:10 PM|Have you tried at all? Do you have the materials? I'm sure you could burn the paper if you really wanted to, but you will never really know till you try
"Find Joy in the Unexpected..."
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 3/3/2013 9:48:19 PM|I have only burned paper one time last month----and it took a LONG time to do and I got to close (I was maybe 1.5" from the paper) but I was that close for a long time---I noticed I was burning it b/c it started to turn light brown!
I felt the same way as you before I started heat embossing and I have not burned paper b/c the embossing powder will start to melt before you burn paper.
When I burned the paper last month, I was using Tim Holtz distressed embossing powder and I am having the hardest time melting it. I will proably be asking everyone how to use it if I cannot figure it out soon!
SO I would recommend to you NOT to get Tim Hotlz distressed embossing powder until you have played with the other ones (Zing!, Recollections for example) first.
I like to heat from below the card stock -- it keeps embossing powder going all over my craft table! But most heat from above (as can be read in my thread titled "Fun Poll" where I ask everyone how they heat embossing powder).
I have been told if I have embossing powder coming off it when I heat from above then there is too much embossing powder and needs to be tapped off more.
Keep the heat gun moving ---- this too will help avoid burning the paper (after you get comfortable with the process, then you may rotate b/w moving and keeping the gun still.)
I would get a few small plastic containers (like Rubbermaid) to keep the embossing powder in---makes it super easy to just use a disposable spoon to sprinkle the embossing powder from the container over the stamped image, then dump excess into plastic container. I see others online use a spoon in their videos---I just open the Rubbermaid container, sprinkle some of the embossing powder out of the plastic Rubbermaid container onto the image, then dump excess back into the Rubbermaid container.
Sorry so long but I HTH!!
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 3/3/2013 9:50:51 PM|Oh one last thing:
If you see little wisps of smoke, pull the heating gun further away from the paper.
I have seen little smoke wisps before and that told me I was too close to the paper (actually I think other Peas told me I was too close) ---not sure if the smoke wisps came from the paper or the embossing powder though...
|Posted: 3/4/2013 11:27:34 AM|Melissa gave some excellent tips!
One thing that has helped me to keep the stray pieces of embossing powder off your project is to wipe your cardstock with an embossing buddy first. It helps get rid of static. You can purchase these or make your own.
I made mine. I used cornstarch and baby powder mixed together and poured it into a baby sock. I used a small rubber band to hold it together. You could sew it shut but I was too lazy to get out my sewing machine.
I recommend American Crafts Zing! Embossing powder. The colors are excellent and I find that it heats/melts quickly.
2ps carries it in stock.
I also like Rangers superfine EP for really detailed images.
|Posted: 3/4/2013 1:17:25 PM|Wilma, Melissa gave you good advice.
Here's an older thread about using embossing powders--both Distress and regular.
The thread started out about using Distress EP, but if you scroll down, there's a longer post about using both.
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 3/4/2013 1:33:26 PM|Ah thanks LeighAnn and Daria.... Just wanting to help a fellow pea!
that's a good idea LeighAnn--forgot about the embossing busy!
Thanks Daria for the link---I thought distressed embossing powders were talked about at one time, but wasn't sure. I'm off to check out the link!