Recently I’ve been using heat embossing a lot on my cards, as it’s such a simple technique. However, sometimes it goes a bit wrong, and I’ve managed to work out some of the reasons for this. I’ve also managed to solve some of those problems by making small changes. I thought it might be useful to share some of them.
Problem 1: Embossing ‘disappearing’ into the cardstock
I’ve found this a few times, when I’ve heated the powder and it’s sunk into the paper. There was no raised finish and it looked really dull. I found this happened when I tried to emboss directly onto a cheap card blank, and it seemed to occur with several different brands. I ruined several cards doing this. I ‘solved’ it by changing to different cardstock. I got the best results when working on slightly shiny card. It’s worth experimenting with other types too. Sometimes it pays to use the nice stuff from your stash!
Problem 2: Stray specks of powder
It’s a common problem, and there are many tools you can buy to overcome it, like anti static bags and so on. My DIY solution is a clean pop sock filled with talcum powder and doubled back on itself so there are two layers of fabric. I then dab the powder on the card before stamping and it prevents excess powder from sticking.
Problem 3: Uneven or incomplete coverage
Sometimes, even with the cleanest of stamped impressions, powder doesn’t stick to the image evenly. First of all I reapply powder to see if that covers it. Then, I heat it up and see how it covers. Once it’s set, if there are gaps or uneven areas, I very carefully go over them with a Ranger Perfect Medium pen. I only use it on the gaps or uneven parts, and then I reapply the powder. Once that’s done I heat it up again and it usually covers it. I’m careful not to overheat it, but the new powder blends really well into the first layer and I stop as soon as it’s melted.
Here’s a card I’ve made very recently for a work colleague of Mr C. We were very lucky to be invited to their wedding reception, which was lovely.
I always think heat embossing makes wedding cards look extra special.
Do you have any heat embossing tips? Please share as if love to hear, it’s a technique I’m trying to get even better at.