Post # 1
Ok…recommendations needed! What is the best way to emboss in your opinion? Clear ink with colored embossing powders? Or colored ink with clear embossing powder. I bought clear ink with colored powders and im not sure if it was dried out or what…but it did not come out good. I then tried the same powders with a colored ink i had bought previously and it turned out great! Im not sure if it was a bad pad…or brand? Any insight would be appreciated!
Post # 3
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
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
You can do it either way. Do a test run of each and see which you like better.
Post # 6
i’ve always done a clear pad with colored powder, but i’ve only used metallics.
Post # 7
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.
Post # 8
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
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.