is a simple technique using Rubber Stamps and Thermal Embossing that will add
dimension to your cards and artwork. Nothing looks as elegant as a stamped image
that has been embossed in gold and has rich color added to enhance your artwork.
You can use rubber stamps and thermal embossing on many different surfaces such
as paper, glass, wood, leather, tile and ceramic objects. It's fun to experiment
and create your own unique and individual sense of style. Don't be timid and
The following steps will teach the beginner where to start Embossing with rubber
stamps takes practice and the more you do it, the better your results. Remember
your art is unique to your personal style. It reflects your personal experience.
It conveys your emotions. So use your imagination! Use color!!
The colors you choose to use with your rubber stamps can convey your personal
style and make a statement. Reds reflect warmth and blue can reveal cool and
soothing moods. Greens and violet contain both warm and cool elements.
- Rubber Stamps
- Embossing Ink Stamp Pad
- Embossing Heat Gun
- Embossing Powder or Tinsel
- Something to stamp on
Choose a paper or craft object to Emboss. Don't limit yourself to just plain
paper. Rubber stamping and embossing works well on fabric, glass, mirrors, tiles
and terra cotta pots. Experiment with a variety of papers and transparencies,
shrink plastic, laminated sheets, wood and metal.
Ink and stamp your image on your paper or craft object using a slow drying
Pigment Ink Pad.
Tap your rubber stamp firmly several times on the Embossing Ink Pad in order to
completely ink the stamp. Make sure the rubber is completely covered with ink.
Always stamp a new rubber stamp onto a piece of scrap paper for the first time
to make sure all areas of the image are well inked. Place your rubber stamp
firmly on the paper, being careful not to rock the stamp. Rocking will result in
blurred lines. Large rubber stamps require more care in pressing down on all
corners of the stamp. Each rubber stamp is different and you will learn how to
best stamp each one. Some need more pressure in order to get the perfect image.
The difference between pigmented inks and dye inks is evident in that the
Pigment inks stay "wet" longer. Pigment inks do not work well on glossy card
stock unless you are EMBOSSING the image. There are many choices of slow drying
pigment inks with slight tints to dark shades or no color at all.
After rubber stamping your image with pigment ink, sprinkle embossing powder
over the image. Turn the artwork and gently tap off excess embossing powder. Use
a dry paintbrush to remove any stray flecks from surrounding areas. Do this
before you heat the image. If the powder is not sticking to the image in even
heavy coats check to be sure you rubber stamp is well inked.
Keeping your embossing powder in stackable plastic containers will allow you to
catch the excess powder. Alternatively collecting excess unused embossing powder
is easy if you use a file folder or a sheet of glossy paper torn from a magazine
under your card stock, then transfer the powder back into the jar. Pick up the
paper by its edges and use the centerfold as a funnel to direct the powder back
into the jar.
Embossing powders also come in a wide variety of choices, from Ultra Fine to
Tinsel. Both the pigment ink and embossing powder are available in many color
choices as well as metallic, pearlescent and other unusual compositions.
The final step is to direct hot air from your heat tool over the powder. This
will melt the powder and create the Thermal embossed effect.
Embossing Powder comes in many different compositions. Metallic Powders such as
Gold, Silver, Bronze or Pewter can be used with the embossing inks, either
tinted or clear. Using slightly tinted or clear ink with Metallic powders will
produce a true metallic effect. Although the Metallic Powders can be used with
colored inks to achieve truly remarkable effects such as tinted copper and aged
Embossing powder comes in many Opaque colours as well as soft subtle Pearlized
Powders and Clear and also Glitter Powders.
You can experiment by mixing your colours and your effects. Pearlescence are
soft and gentle colors that are excellent for pastel effects and baby or wedding
themes. Clear Powder gives you image a raised glossy effect and looks stunning
on dark papers and objects.
Tinsels or Glitter Embossing Powders can be Clear or Opaque. Gold Embossing
Powder with fleck of ultra fine gold glitter in it create a very beautiful and
Try mixing you powders colours and adding some glitter or confetti in moderation
for you own unique recipes!
A heat gun is the easiest method to melt your powders and create the even glossy
embossed effect. But if you do not have one alternative sources of hear can
be utilized Do not try a hair dryer this does not get hot enough and will blow
the powder off the card. You can try using your oven by placing the card face
up on a baking sheet and putting it into a preheated 325 degree oven. Be careful
you do not over heat or your card stock will be scorched. A hot iron will
also hear the back side of the card and melt the powder.
A hot toaster can be used by moving your card stock back and forth over the top
of the toaster until the image is melted. A good heat gun is a worthwhile
Tips and Troubleshooting
A good tip to help with the static on your card stock is to wipe the card with a
fabric sheet before stamping on it, this helps reduce unwanted flakes from
A time saving tip when embossing replications of the same rubber stamp image is
to stamp and cover several images with embossing powder at one time. This allows you to use your embossing gun on several pieces at once without stopping
and starting constantly. The ink is slow drying and several cards at a time can be safely done by using this method.
Using plastic kitchen containers with lids for storage of you powders works well
and also makes it convenient to set up and put away your craft. A spoon with a pointed tip is useful in sprinkling the powder onto the card stock.
Good lighting is essential to your rubber stamping success. If your embossing is
dull and not raised then you may be overheating it. If the image is lumpy and granular you many not have heated it enough . If the image is incomplete you
may need to press the rubber stamp more firmly on the pad and re-ink if necessary, also check to be sure you are pressing all corners of the stamp onto
If you have completed your image and a line is missing you can purchase an
embossing pen to draw the incomplete line. Also you can use a sponge or tissue
to dab the embossing ink onto the cardstock to be used as background colour or
Have fun, be creative, don't be afraid to use colour and enjoy you rubber
stamping hobby all year long.
Copyright 2005 The Stamping Bug
About The Author: Lydia Trimmer
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founded by Dawn Reaume and Her mother Lydia 10 years ago. They also operate
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