(Closed) Embossing

posted 7 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Which embossing method do you prefer?
    Clear ink pad with colored embossing powders : (3 votes)
    50 %
    Colored ink pad with clear embossing powder : (3 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 3
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    It can go either way.  If you’re trying to put a light image on dark paper than coloured embossing powder is the only way to go.  For light paper, I prefer to use clear embossing powder and just let the stamp show through, since you don’t have to worry so much about extraneous bits.  I’m guessing maybe you were trying to do an image that has fine detail with too coarse a powder if it didn’t turn out 🙂

    Post # 4
    123 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I prefer using the colored ink and the clear powder. Whenever I use the colored powder I seem to get little holes when the stamp didnt pick up all of the clear ink. 

    Post # 5
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    You can do it either way. Do a test run of each and see which you like better.

    Post # 6
    1271 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    i’ve always done a clear pad with colored powder, but i’ve only used metallics.

    Post # 7
    1278 posts
    Bumble bee

    Either way works, but is depends on your paper texture and colors on what will look the best.  Also, while using colored powder you have to make sure all of the excess powder is brushed off before using heat, otherwise you might get colored specks on your paper.

    Good luck and enjoy playing around!

    However, I personally prefer to use clear ink and colored powder.  Wink

    Post # 8
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I agree with PP that it can go both ways.  And trials runs are always a must. 😉

    The type of clear ink you use can make a difference too.  I used Martha’s clear embossing pad and it was horrible.  But the Staz On brand worked great.  I used the same stamp and powder on both too, By The Way.

    Post # 9
    1145 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I use clear ink and colored powder. There is always an issue (for me) with gaps or general not good coverage of ink when I use colored ink and clear powder.

    If you are having problems inking your stamp try rubbing and swipping your stamp across the pad, then let it sit for a minute or two, stamp on scratch paper, then retry. Usually I have to repeat this to get full coverage especially if I am using cheapo stamps.

    If your pad isn’t wet to the touch when you jab your finger in it then it is likely bad.

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