Heat Embossing 101

                Heat embossing is one of the coolest processes. It’s typically used in card making, but I’ve seen it incorporated into scrapbook before and I have loved to use it ever since. There is so much potential when it comes to using an embossing heat gun for your scrapbook pages. It’s almost magical to go through the process and see the end result. My go to weapon of choice is the American crafts zap embossing heat gun Singapore. I got mine from Maple Treehouse for quite a deal compared to other shops. I want to tell anyone and everyone about it, so I put together this page of awesome information to help others learn the joys of heat embossing. Not only will I walk you through the steps of using the American crafts zap embossing heat gun, but I’ll even give you some suggestions in how you can use the technique for your scrapbook!

Supplies

                Obviously, you will need to get the main tool for heat embossing, which for me is the American Crafts zap embossing heat gun. You can get it in a number of different colors. Be careful with it because it can melt or burn things if you use it incorrectly. I’ve had such things happen before I got used to working with it, so be sure to take some time and use it for small, unimportant projects. You’ll have to find what works for you and the materials you’re working with. You will also need the powder or enamel. I love working with heat embossing powder. It can be glittery, colorful, distressed, clear and comes in many other styles. Enamel is about the same, only thicker and with fewer color options. Finally, you need a watermark stamp pad. These pads have no color in their ink. It’s slow drying and “sticky”. The ink gives you plenty of time for stamping and applying your powder or enamel. You can even use it to create your own backgrounds by stamping it against some dark paper.

How to Heat Emboss

                Pick your stamp and apply it to the watermark pad before stamping the image onto your paper. Simply apply the powder to the surface. Any excess powder can be tapped off. Hold the container underneath to catch it so you don’t waste any. Hold your embossing tool 2-4 inches away from the powder. Heat it up. As it warms, the powder will become glossy and raised. It’s actually quite amazing to watch! Be sure to experiment with your powder first to see the way it reacts to the heat, as this will allow you to know when the powder is done embossing.

Techniques

                There are some really fun techniques you can use to further enhance your page. One of my personal favorites is embossing chipboards. There are two techniques that allow you to emboss chipboard. The first is to apply the ink pad straight to the chipboard. You can take a chipboard album and apply some letters to use as masks. Take the ink and apply it to the full album. You can then remove the letters, and add the powder over the full cover. Do each side (front, spine and back) for a cool look. The other option is to stamp it using colored ink and use a clear powder on it. Colored ink dries faster than watermark ink, so you’ll have to work quickly to apply the powder right away. This technique can add depth to your surface, making it look less flat.

                You can use these techniques for a layout page, adding a new element to it. You can create gorgeous layouts using this technique. Simply take the stamp of your choice and emboss it the way you would anything else against your background. You can add consistency by taking the same image and embossing it on a paper in a different color of powder and placing it under a photo or elsewhere on the page. One great strategy is to match the color of your cardstock for the second stamp to the color of the powder for the layout stamp.

                You can also heat emboss acrylic, which comes out looking amazing. Thick acrylic seems to work better than the thinner style. All you have to do is take the watermark stamp pad and ink the edges of your acrylic ATC card. Once you apply powder, and heat it, the card will look like a window frame, offering some interesting capabilities. You can write on it, and heat emboss it to your albums or use it to cover your main photo and create a frame.

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