Thursday, July 14, 2011

Embossing with white powder...ugh.

So I love, love, love the look of heat embossing.  Especially with white powder, on dark colors.  My issue is when the tiny little powders stick to the paper where they're not supposed to.  Do you know what I mean?  Let me take you through my embossing process.

1)  I rub my Embossing Buddy over the area to be embossed.
2)  I stamp my chosen stamp with Versamark Ink over the area I just prepped.
3)  I sprinkle the stamped area with Ranger Sea foam White embossing powder (my favorite).
4)  I gently tap excess powder off and give my paper a flick or two with my finger.
5)  I use a soft brush to clean up any edges or get rid of any flecks of pesky powder (see opening paragraph)
6)  I heat up my powder
7)  I get slightly frustrated because there are stray white powders in my image and it's not as crisp as I     
      would like.

You can really tell in the first picture, not as much in the second.  These aren't too terribly intricate, at least not compared to some, designs, but there is a fair amount of detail.  I would just really like a cleaner result.  Any tips or suggestions?

Now yesterday, Mary Pat at Siehled With a Kiss made THIS card with the most amazing butterfly stamp on it.  She embossed it with white embossing powder as well and said she rubbed her cardstock with a dryer sheet first!  When she told me that, I about smacked myself in the forehead!  I'm so going to try that!  Thanks Mary Pat!

Do you have a technique that you love, but that frustrates you at the same time?  How do you deal with it?

Have a great Thursday and I'll see you tomorrow!  Thank for coming by today :)


  1. thanks for the shout out becky--also i learned this in one of jennifer's classes--use a signo white pen to fill in any spots where the embossing did not work as well as you like.--i have tried it and it works!!!

    have a great day!

  2. It's still pretty! stamping is like that for me. I hate if I mess up even a little!

  3. I have never been good at embossing and have kind of given up on it. I think yours turned out great. As much as I love coloring with my copics, if the images is really intricate with small details, they make me crazy and I end up having to color and recolor the image until I get it right.

  4. I have the same problem when I use black embossing powder. Ugh is right. I do the same thing, try to get any stray powder flakes off before I heat but there's always a few that stick. I will try the dryer sheet thing - that's a great tip!

  5. I love the dryer sheet idea. I was trying to emboss a card last week with navy blue powder, and had the same issue - I ended up redoing the image three times! Dryer sheets are definitely on my shopping list for next week!

  6. I too do not like that the white embossing powder gets where you don't want it. I tried using the dryer sheet once and it didn't work out that great for me. I will try it again though :0) Have a good rest of your day! Hugs!

  7. I am thinking that your embossing turned out pretty near perfect.
    But yes I get frustrated the same as you.
    I will have to try the dryer sheet next time.