(Closed) Embossing Help!

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve heard the hair dryer just blows all the powder off.  I think one of the previous bloggers held it over the toaster to get it to change – I think you need the heat, but not the crazy blowing power of a hair dryer – even on low. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Toaster is no good, you can burn your fingers that way too. Hair dryers will not work. They don’t get hot enough. An iron will work. Turn your iron on to a cotton setting and lay the card on it (not the side with the embossing powder) You want the iron to touch the back of the area of the card that the powder is on. It only takes a few seconds for the powder to melt.
Make sure to post on here when it’s done so we can see! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You have to use an embossing gun.  A hair dryer won’t work.  In a pinch, I think you can use an iron (don’t touch the paper with the iron though, just hold it a couple of inches over the paper) or an electric burner and some tongs.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I disagree with Miss Creme brulee, I just made 100 envelopes with embossing on an iron, and I had the envelopes touching the iron with no problem.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I tried a hair dryer, toaster and an iron and none of them worked for me. To be honest it probably depends on how powerful your iron is, apparently mine isnt very….so I bought the embossing heat tool from AC Moore with a 50% coupon it ended up being about $15 and it works like a charm!! I think your problem is definitly the heat issue, you arent getting it hot enough to melt.  Also I recommend using embossing powder instead of embossing enamel, its finer and melts easier. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i think you just want to be careful not to have the iron too hot! The melting point of acrylic (embossing powder) is 130–140 °C (265–285 °F) and paper burns at 451 °F so you could even use an oven if you were carefull.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It’s not completely melted. The ink is probably fine. 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

Hmmm. I embossed for the first time a few days ago (the return address for my save-the-dates) and mine didn’t look as raised as the picture you posted.  It was a lot more subtle – but I liked it that way. Perhaps it was because I was embossing text rather than a solid print pattern like the picture.  What kind of design are you embossing?

I used a heat gun, gold pigment ink and clear powder – if all fails I’d suggest investing in a heat gun – it was ~ $18 bucks.

Hope this helps! Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Try the iron! 🙂  Also, that picture may be using embossing enamel. On the picture you showed, it is a little block of space that is wholly covered with the embossing, making the texture more obvious, if you’re just doing text or lines, it might not be as obvious.

Post # 15
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Wannabee

I’ve only ever used an embossing gun, but always had great results. It was like $15 – $20 at a local craft store.

I agree with LLauRRa if you are doing thin lines you’ll get better results. The larger graphic is going to show some texture no matter what, but with a heat gun you have more control over which areas need more heat than others.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@wheresmydessert – I was thinking about embossing our return address for save the dates and invitations.  Would you mind sharing where you got the stamp?  Or a picture of how it turned out?  I’ve done embossing before, just not with text. 

j_nicolle – I tried to recreate that same thing (was it Miss Fondue’s invite?) and had success with a heat gun.  I got mine for about $15 at Michael’s.  It is definitely worth the investment.  Another thing I’ve found works better is to use clear (slow-drying) ink with the colored embossing powder.  Good luck!

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