Here it is, your step by step guide to perfect rubber stamping and heat embossing, just in time for holiday card making*. You see us using these techniques all the time, and there’s a reason for that – they’re super easy and add a professional decorative look to all types of projects. Give it a try and have fun experimenting!
Here are the materials I’ve used in this demonstration:
• Petal Enclosure (In my finished sample I’ve used dark paper to remind you that this stamping technique works so well on dark colors!)
• VersaMark Watermark Inkpad (This clear ink creates a watermark impression, leaving a darker version of the color of your paper.)
• Clear Embossing Powder
• Heat Embossing Tool
• Cottage Bloom Rubber Stamp
• Scrap Paper (Do your work on scrap paper so you can capture excess embossing powder and recycle.)
1. Ink Your Stamp: When working with larger rubber stamps, flip them over to ink them, instead of pressing them down onto an inkpad. Holding them rubber-side up allows you to see when the entire surface is covered with ink, which can be especially helpful when inking with a clear inkpad (the surface will appear shiny when applied).
2. Create Your Stamp Impression: Apply even downward pressure (don’t rock the stamp back and forth), then remove lifting straight up. This helps prevent excess ink from finding its way onto your project.
3. Add Embossing Powder: Sprinkle embossing powder liberally across the inked surface or in the specific locations you want to emboss. Tap off excess embossing powder by flicking your finger against the backside of the paper. You can also use a small dry paint brush to brush away excess powder.
4. Save Excess Embossing Powder: By working on top of scrap paper, you’ll be able to recapture excess embossing powder. The excess embossing powder will end up on the scrap paper allowing you to pour it back into container.
5. Heat Emboss Your Design: Keep the nozzle of the heat embosser tool at least 1 1/2″ to 2″ from the surface of the paper to prevent burning. Start embossing in one spot and as you begin to see the resin melt, slowly move the nozzle across the inked area to continue melting the entire design. When finished, let your project sit for a few moments. Please do not try to do this with a hair dyer… the temperature is not right for this type of project!
*Don’t forget to submit your holiday card design to our Holiday Card Contest for a chance to win a $50 Paper Source gift card.