DIY embossing question

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@penguinbee:  I think it’s going to depend on a few factors (i.e. type of ink, paper, etc).  I would guess the only way to be sure is to do a test invite.  Maybe ask the printer if they have a sample they’d be willing to give you so you can try it out at home.  Best of luck.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just bought a clear ink pad and some blue embossing powder to try out. I have had it for 3 weeks now and it’s still in the Hobby Lobby bag but if I get to it this weekend I’ll let you know how it goes. It may be a disaster as I didn’t buy the heating gun thing – I’m going to try my hairdryer.

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@penguinbee: My experience with embossing is that you need a heat tool to raise the powder to give it any sort of dimension. I have this tool.

The clear ink shouldn’t make the cardstock bleed, but when you use a heat tool, it can warp the paper. Definitely do a test on your cardstock before you commit to this on all of your invites.

Best of luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

my concern would be how exactly you could trace over printed text, especially the really thin parts. I think any kind of mistake you would make in tracing it out would become incredibly obvious. I think if you were adding decorations, it would probably be fine, but text scares me a little

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@penguinbee:  that would be awesome! I have everything at home already i could try it out later tonight and let you know, (ive been working on embosing clear on my black card pocket for a muted image of our theme 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I agreed with @Mrs. Panda – tracing ink over text will be difficult to do consistently. That being said, I think it is worth a shot if you have a sample or an extra – the end result would be very cool. Hope you have a lot of time to spend on this though. Sounds tedious. Also, you really do need to get a heat gun. You are not going to get very good results with a hair dryer (speaking from experience).

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree on the hairdryer–heat tools don’t blow, and hairdryers do. So its going to be moving both the card away from you and the powder off of the card.

I’ve only used ink pads with powder but I’m interested to see how the pen works out–sounds cool!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think it would be okay as long as you are not doing all of the text. If you trace over all at once, your embossing ink will dry before you put the powder on and set, but if you do it piece by piece, you will be re-melting your embossing powder. So, I would maybe just do a couple of key parts, like your name and location (sorry, the link to your invitation isn’t working so I can’t see it).

 

Also, embossing pens are sometimes too broad for fine text. If that’s the case, you can use clear gel pens instead.

 

Let us know how it turns out!  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Do it piece by piece, a few letters at a time, then scatter the powder, shake off, but wait to heat the card until the whole is done (that way you won’t be remelting/reheating).

I think the ink in the pen is key, it has to stay sticky long enough for the powder to stick.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@wabanzi:  This is a good suggestion.

PP’s are right, you don’t want to ink the entire thing then end up having it dry on you before you get the powder down, but you also don’t want to reheat the same letters over and over. I’d go with the ink a bit at a time and powder then heat all at the end. As far as I know, and from my experience, there’s no harm in letting the powder sit on the ink for awhile before heating.

Overall, DIY embossing is fairly simple it’s just a bit tedious! And make sure you do some practice run’s with the drier so you know how long to hold it so that all of your powder melts… And you can burn the paper so beware lol. My husband did that when he was “helping”.

One more thing…. I did embossing on my invitations, a swirl stamp design. And when I got one of them back for a bad address and opened it to re envelope, I saw that the embossing had imprinted on one of the inserts in the pocket fold 🙁 It goes through a hot processing press thing so, it wouldn’t hurt to put some tissue paper on top before sending.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MsJ2theZ:  I second the tissue paper (velum works too).  Actually, I think it is a good idea to mail yourself an invite just to see how it holds up.

I’ve been embossing, a lot, these days. I do it as an assembly line procedure.  So far, keeping the powder on a while before heating has had no effect.

 

@penguinbee:  Keep us posted on your trials.  I would love to know which pens tend to work better.  I know you can buy pigment ink in a bottle with a caligraphy pen (or old fashioned ball point) so that my work as well.

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