Post # 1
I am about to venture into the world of heat embossing and need some advice. I want to make simple cards. I have purchased the cards and the stamps I want to use.
What kind of ink and embossing powder do I need to get? I want the embossed stamp to be navy blue when it’s all said and done. Do I buy navy ink and powder? One clear and one pigmented? Help!
Also, does Michaels sell this stuff?
Post # 3
You can buy navy ink and clear powder, or any color ink and navy powder. I’d recommend clear powder though, so that if you have some excess stick to the cards, it won’t be visible. They definitely sell this at Michael’s. Good luck embossing! It is probably easier than you think
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Colored ink and clear powder’s always worked best for me. Have fun — embossing’s easy and looks great!
Post # 5
Thanks girls! I will post pictures of it comes out well.
Post # 6
Miss Fondue has an excellent DIY thread on embossing here:
Good luck and let us know how it goes. I’m thinking about doing an embossing project or two.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
Fun! I am a newbie embosser (embossing the return addresses for our save-the-dates) and it was really fun. I would recommend clear embossing powder (neater) and pigment ink (dries more slowly).
Post # 8
Unless you are going for metallic, I’d go for clear powder and colored ink (ink pads are cheaper than powder and the powder lasts longer). It gives you more options. Also, for a heat gun, I use an electric paint stripper. Much cheaper than the embossing guns.
Post # 9
One more suggestion… try to use "ultra-fine" embossing powder if you can find it. Especially if the rubber stamp you are using has fine lines or details that you don’t want to look blobby or messy.
Post # 10
another thing that helps is to pick up a super fine paint brush or use a fine point tooth pick and after you apply the powder but before you heat it you can go back and clean up some of the excess power that stuck in places you don’t want. That can help you really define those intricate little details of a stamp or ornate script letters and monograms.