Heat embossing and type – Advice please?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Use clear detail embossing powder & have it ready for the second it comes off of the printer.  You do not need to heat it right away though.


Also, be sure to wipe your paper with a dryer sheet before you put it in the printer to reduce the powder sticking where it shouldn’t.  Papers that have a gloss, sheen, or pearl finish to them seem to work better as the ink doesn’t absorb as fast.


have you also considered a custom stamp instead?  I think it would be less work, less worry, and less expensive (esp once you figure the cost of ink cartridges and waist/mess ups from the printer method). Just a thought.

Post # 4
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@wabanzi:  +1 on the custom stamp idea. much less of a hassle.

Post # 5
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I agree with the tips you’ve already gotten. I did some heat embossing on our invites but just one stamp of flowers on the side as an accent. I used clear embossing powder and it took me a few hours to do 100 invites. It will be time consuming. I had designed my invites and had them printed through vistaprint on their linen paper. I used color box ink then the clear embossing powder. I used far less embossing powder than I thought I would and ink. The paper kind of curled up on me when heating. That freaked me out at first, but I did a quick pass with my heating tool on the opposite side of the paper and then after a day of laying flat they flatened back out. 

I would just recommended doing a trial run and seeing how it turns out. I initially tried a few different options. I ruled out using colored embossing powder right away, left too many specs behind on the paper. I also ended up just using one stamp and not two. So I think there’s always a little trial and error. 🙂

Sounds like a nice idea and definitely worth a try. 

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