Post # 1
I am so STUCK!
What is the difference between using coloured ink with clear embossing powder vs. clear ink with coloured embossing powder? I have looking online but I dont see the difference!
And is there a difference between all the different types of powders? I am SO over whelmed! And michaels seems to have only their brand of powder and I hate their colours but I am too scared to buy it online for fear that it is different than it appears on the screen. Also…IS there a brand that has tons of colours like colourbox has with their ink?? (Besides Tim Holtz since I think that look wont work for me and sounds too complicated for a first timer like me!)
Is there a forum I can join or a website that has all the different things I can do with embossing and with CLEAR pictures that compares all the different ways?
Hope there is someone out there that can help! 🙂
Post # 3
@bbutterfly: I ust use clear embossing pad or transparent embossing pad. I bought mine which is top boss at Micheals but I’ve seen Joanns have it. Unless I am doing a dark color like black or purple then I use black pad. The powder covers the color of ink anyways.
Micheals should have about 50 colors to pick from and thats not including the more expensive martha line. Both the recollections and martha have a big set that has a rainbow of powders if you want to go that route.
Flocking powder is more of a snow effect compared to normal powder.
You can look at the split coast stampers online forums for more crafting help…
Post # 4
My mom used to be a demonstrator for stamps so I’m kinda going by what I remember from her. She always used the clear inkpad and the colored embossing powder. (and if I hadn’t learned that from her, I would guess to do this rather than the colored ink/clear powder just because you’d get a more vivd color). I’m not sure if you have the time to order online or through a demonstrator, (or if the companies are even still around) but if you’re looking for more colors check out D.O.T.S. (Dozens Of Teriffic Stamps) or Stampin’ Up. The different powders have different effects when they are done. There are some that turn out with a more “waxy” look to them. I think these tend to be the ones you’ll want to use for anything wedding related as they are dressier. There are also some poweders that puff up and look like snow, or kinda like chewing gum, maybe? I’ve always used flocking on projects with animals. After using the heat tool on your project, it won’t look any different on the paper than it did in the container. (the heat tool is used to set the embossing inkpad and make the flocking stick) Flocking look like animal fur/hair and is fuzzy. Hope this helps! 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 5
Wow thank you ladies!!! I really appreciate it! I have so much to think about…now I know to avoid coloured ink/clear powder…
my probel is that my local michaels has like… 15 colours and just the basic ones! I’ll go try the other Michaels tomorrow!! And I dont think JoAnn deliver’s to Canada 🙁
Post # 6
The reason why many suggest and prefer to use colored ink with clear powder (and why I am using this combination myself): Oftentimes with colored powder there will be flecks of the powder stuck to the paper, and when heated, you could end up with random bits of embossed color scattered around. With clear powder this isn’t an issue because even if there’s some specks left, they’re clear and undetectable.