Thanks to Julie for today's tutorial. Be sure and visit her blog at handmadebyjulie.com.
Heat embossing is a great element to add to your cards and can be done with just a few basic materials.
Here are things you'll need for heat embossing:
- Heat gun
- Embossing powder
- Embossing ink - Versamark-type or pigment ink
- Cardstock or paper
- Anti-static product (optional)
- Tray (optional)
First, if you choose to use one, run the anti-static bag over your cardstock. This will reduce the static on the surface of your paper, which prevents stray embossing powder from adhering. (I've heard that a fabric softener dryer sheet will also work!).
Next, stamp your image in Versamark or pigment ink. These inks are stickier than regular dye ink, and take much longer to dry. This allows you plenty of time to get your powder in place. Pigment inks and clear embossing powder will allow you a wide variety of colorful results; experiment to find what you like best.
One way to make white ink really pop is to emboss it with white powder. This image shows what a big difference heat embossing can make. The top sentiment is heat embossed, the bottom one is simply stamped with white pigment ink.