|Posted: 1/26/2011 1:22:11 PM|
I am new to heat embossing. I bought a gun and the embossing pad and embossing powder but the powder doesn't want to stick to just the embossing glue it sticks to the paper. When I heat it up there seems to be wholes where embossing powder is missing. Do you think it is the quality of the embossing powder? What brands do you use? I have a versamark pad and a tim holtz pad but the powder is joann's a la mode... Please just give your tips or tricks and 2 cents.
Thanks in advance
Loc: Castle Rock, CO
|Posted: 1/26/2011 1:33:21 PM|
Try rubbing a dryer sheet (the ones you put in your dryer with your wet clothes) over the page prior to stamping your image. This reduces static and will allow the embossing powder to stick only where you stamp the Versamark. I have personally only tried Zing powders so no tips for you there. Also, once you stamp your image and apply your embossing powder, lightly tap off the excess powder by tapping from the back side of your paper prior to heating. Hope that helps.
|Posted: 1/26/2011 1:54:51 PM|
And wave the heating gun around while you heat the powder so it doesn't heat one spot for too long.
|Posted: 1/26/2011 5:07:51 PM|
Where can you buy the zing at?
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/26/2011 5:15:20 PM|
You might also want to try waving the gun on the underside for a second or two so it doesn't blow your powder off the top.
Also make sure you are heating it long enough for it to melt and adhere to your paper
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/26/2011 6:07:16 PM|If you used a clear stamp, you can go back a second time, reapply more versamark or distress ink with your stamp to the image (line it up carefully) and then quickly apply the powder for a "second coat" of embossing.
Depending on your image, you can also just stamp it and cut the shape out. Then pat the entire surface of your shape on your versamark pad - so basically you have coated the whole surface of the image with the sticky versamark. Then, dump your embossing powder on the shape, shake off the excess and heat emboss. You will get a shiny kind of sheen on your stamped image. (I learned this technique by watching a Jennifer McGuirre video - perhaps the original Thinking Inking series?)
I keep a fine point paint brush on hand when I'm embossing an image on the surface of a card. I just the brush to flick away stray dots of embossing powder BEFORE I heat it.
The dryer sheet helps keep the "strays" down too.
Oh, and as far as not getting all areas embossed? That isn't uncommon - its' part of it being a handmade craft. I DO find that the harder I "tap off" the excess powder, it can also take off more powder from the stamped areas where I want it to stay - so keep the flicks gentle. LOL
Loc: Somewhere in Ontario
|Posted: 1/26/2011 7:05:52 PM|Great tips!
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
|Posted: 1/26/2011 9:38:18 PM|
the best tip i ever got was to heat from the underside of the paper - it doesn't blow all the powder off!
i use top boss embossing pad and powders - the powders are very fine and coat well. i also like to emboss using clear powder over pigment ink - instead of using different colors of embossing powder. your image will look more "solid" as well.
i help hostess the Clearsnap Blog [link in siggie} and there are lots of stamping projects - embossing too - on it.
Loc: Tucson, AZ
|Posted: 1/26/2011 11:42:05 PM|I have some of the JoAnn's brand embossing powders too, they should work just fine...I would try the tips everyone has suggested and see if they work before going out any buying all new powders