Sunday, April 29, 2012

Embossing, more specifically... Heat Embossing.

I love texture and two of the best ways to get texture on your paper project is by embossing. In the samples below, I have used both Distress Embossing powder and Clear embossing powder to heat emboss on to the tags. There is another form of embossing, most commonly achieved when using embossing folders  or in the case of Tim Holtz and Sizzix, Texture Fades. For today, we are going to focus on the 1st method that requires ink, embossing powder and a heat tool. No, a hair dryer will not work.

The tag with the wings on it  was accomplished by stamping with Distress Ink and using Distress Embossing Powder. You probably cannot see it in the photo but the wings have a rough texture and a matte finish.
In the previous post you can see another sample of Distress embossing powder on the Enjoy the Journey tag,
 What gives the finish that rough texture is the release crystals that are in the embossing powder. Class attendees will find out more about this and all Ranger embossing powders during the workshop at The Papercraft Cafe next weekend.

In the tag to the left, I have achieved a rustic enamel finish buy using Distress inks and clear embossing powder. This is one of my favourites and I could play with this technique for hours. It is also a resist technique, since the embossed powder will resist ink applied in the final stage, the ink only goes where the embossing powder has not. Confused? Don't worry, this technique is super simple to achieve and part of the workshop. Again, you cannot "feel" the texture by looking at the photo but wait to you see it and feel it at class. There are so many great ways to use this technique.
Hmmm, maybe I will go and play and see what samples I can create for you for next post.
Hope to see you at The Papercraft Cafe on National Scrapbook Day.

A reminder to interested students, please contact the store as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Details for this workshop and the layout class are on The Papercraft Cafe blog.

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