Hi friends! Today, I am back with another installment of my cardmaking life hacks series featuring some helpful tips and hacks using heat embossing powder. These hacks have helped me get great results with heat embossing and unique effects on my cardmaking projects!
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DIY MATTE EMBOSSING
I got this tip from Wendy Vecchi and it is absolutely genius! Usually embossing powder is shiny and gives the wonderful shiny look of enamel and color, but sometimes you might not want the shine. To get rid of the shine, I used Perfect Card Adhesive which coats the embossing powder in a dull matte finish. This looks great and gives opaque color when embossing brick or pots that you don’t want to be super shiny.
SPRINKLED CLEAR EMBOSSING
Using clear embossing powder can be a great way to add glitter and uniquely colored backgrounds on your cardmaking projects. By heating the embossing powder while sprinkling in glitter or embossing powder, it embeds the medium melted into the embossing powder.
METALLIC SENTIMENT EMBELLISHMENT
Using metallic embossing powder can be an awesome way to create your own sentiments that make a beautiful statement on your cards. To create a thick die cut, I added 4-5 layers of Princess Gold embossing powder. This builds up the embossing powder and creates a beautiful die cut that looks store-bought.
REMOVING STRAY EMBOSSING POWDER
First off, using an Anti-static Powder Bag is a MUST when it comes to heat embossing to get less stray embossing powder. To remove any powder that sticks where you don’t want it, use a paintbrush to brush it off the surface before heating. If there are still little powders that got heated, use a Sand Eraser to remove the melted bits of embossing from the paper.
I find that heating the embossing powder from the back of the cardstock results in a smoother and more even look. This is because it evenly heats from the back, rather than blowing off any of the powder from the front. If the embossing powder does heat unevenly, use a white gel pen to fill in any gaps in the white embossing powder. This hides any flaws and creates a perfect look!
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