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Tutorial 1 - heat embossing basics
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anna
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:56 am    Post subject: Tutorial 1 - heat embossing basics Reply with quote

welcome to my surprise! as a few people have suggested heat embossing in the request-a-class thread, i decided to do it as a tutorial. that way, although i won't be creating anything in particular, those who haven't done any heat embossing before will be able to see the basic way it works. we're hoping to have semi-regular tutorials for you - if you have any suggestions, please let one of the DT know, and we'll see what we can do for you!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so - heat embossing basics.
the things you need are:
stamps (rubber or acrylic, it doesn't matter).
ink - it needs to be versamark (or similar) or pigment ink. dye inks dry too quickly so aren't able to hold the embossing powder, whereas pigment inks stay sticky.
embossing powder - i have clear and white (both of which are sold in the shop). i put my powders into a larger container so that it's easier to put the excess back in.
a heat source - this might be a heat gun, but you can use a toaster.
something handy to have is an embossing buddy, although it's not necessary - it reduces static on the page and helps make sure that the embossing powder only sticks where it's meant to stick - on the stamped image!
scrap paper to help keep the powder contained is also helpful.



step 1.
swipe the paper with the embossing buddy and then stamp your image with your pigment or versamark ink.



step 2.
cover in embossing powder. handy hint - turn off the aircon before pouring the powder out when you're right under the vent!



step 3.
pour the excess powder off the page, onto the scrap paper and back into your container. the powder should stick to the pigment ink.



step 4.
heat with your heat gun, keeping the tip moving - it should be about 10cm away from your page. alternatively, to use your toaster, press the lever down to start it toasting, and hold your stamped and powdered image in the hot air that rises from the toaster. heat until all the powder is melted and it becomes raised and shiny.





and there you have it - a heat embossed image.


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anna
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

as an extra note, you can get different effect with different powders, and just to show you an idea of how different it can be, i've used versamark on white paper with clear and white powders - sorry for the shocking photos - it's very difficult to take photos of white. Shocked

here you can see that the versamark and clear on white gives a more watermark-y finish, while the white is far more defined.




unfortunately, i don't have any coloured embossing powder to show you the difference between stamping in colour and embossing with clear powder and embossing with the coloured powder.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anna will play today with inks and colour embossing powders for you
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Anna,

You may well convert me to using embossing...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks, flea - that would be great! i use heat embossing heaps, but usually use clear powder...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Anna! That was very informative - and shows how darn easy it is!

Q - can you use Versamagic Chalk ink pads for embossing??
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Anna... this is great Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clap clap clap clap clap clap clap OMG.....i have only recently purchased a heat gun & finally got some powder (black Crying or Very sad couldn't get clear) and i honestly thought it was HEAPS more technical to do than what you have shown Anna......thank you so much for the lil' class that is fantastic...off now to give it a go cheer
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Thanks Anna
I dont have a gun but will definately try out the toaster.
(you make it look so non-messy!)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks, viv - you weren't here when i was taking photos!

paula - i'm not sure about the chalk ink, as i've never tried it. i can have a go and get back to you tonight. (unless you have a go first, or if flea knows... Wink )
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh, and linda - i reckon the black would look great if you embossed it on white and them sponged a cloud of colour around it. ooh, now i've given myself ideas for one of my leaf stamps, and i need to spend more money to try it out... Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

guess what i have been doing............. Confused
arrgghhhhh boo hoo hoo........ i purchased the 'new' tim holtz distress powder and if your looking for the sand effect then this is for you girls Sad but for me i am wanting the shiny effect you have done Anna....grrrrrr looks like it might be another visit to a scrapbooking store Laughing bummer lol some bonuses to things not going the way you want them to
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the chalk inks with clear EP and it turned out glossy. I was reading on a blog the other day where someone was having trouble getting to her embossing to look nice so bought new stuff and it worked much better! I've had mine for years and the lid is broken so I think I might need to replace it, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paula, you CAN emboss with chalk inks - they work quite well. The trick is to have the lid already off your EP container and sprinkle it on as SOON as you take the stamp off the CS/Paper! It helps to get it on there quicker.
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