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Scrapbook Basic Embossing
by Vicki Molzan

What is embossing you ask?

This is a really neat technique that's used to raise an image up above the actual paper surface. Most commonly you've probably seen this effect done on greeting cards and business cards. Thermal embossing is the most commonly used technique.

To achieve this effect these are the tools you'll need and use: an embossing gun (which blows hot air), an embossing agent (powder is most commonly used) and rubber stamp designs of your choice . . . all of which can be found at your local craft or scrapbook stores.

To start out, you first stamp your image onto the surface (which when scrapbooking or rubber stamping, it's usually some type of paper) using either an embossing inkpad or pigment ink. *Just FYI, watercolors and colored markers will not work. You then sprinkle embossing powder over the stamped image (while it's still damp). Be sure to cover it completely. Once covered, shake off the excess embossing powder and be sure to save it for use in the future. A simple tip is to shake it onto a piece of scrap paper. Then fold the scrap paper in half (causing powder to fall into the crease). Tip folded paper and pour excess powder back into your original embossing powder container.

Turn on the embossing gun, and let it heat up for a few seconds. Once it's heated, hold it a few inches above your powdered stamp image. Do this until you see it melt. The finished effect should give you a beautiful raised image on your paper. You will find many different embossing powder products available. Depending on the type of embossing powder product you use, you can achieve a matte, glossy, iridescent or glittery image. Really play around and experiment to get the effect you desire.

Three helpful tips:

  • When stamping, press stamp firmly into place. Be very careful not to rock, move or slide your stamp until ready to lift the stamp away from your paper. This can distort the image.

  • Sprinkle fine talc powder all over your card/paper before stamping your image. This prevents the embossing powder from sticking to parts of the card/paper that is not inked.

  • Or use a very fine paintbrush to carefully sweep away any excess powder that may be on areas of your card that you do not wish to emboss.
That's it! It's really pretty simple huh? Have lots of fun with this fancy new technique.

Vicki MolzanCopyright 2001 by Vicki Molzan. All rights reserved. Vicki Molzan is a married mother of four children, who enjoys working from home running her scrapbooking website and writing freelance. She's the founder of Scrapperrific - a global scrapbooking and rubber stamping community. Visit this cozy community, experience their fun "Cookie Culture". Learn new scrapbooking and rubber stamping techniques, enjoy contests, participate in swaps, and meet others from all around the globe who share in this same scrap-passion.

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