Technique: Heat Embossing - Colored Powders

  • 01 of 08

    Heat Embossing with Colored Powders

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    Candice Cruz

    The technique of heat embossing with colored powders produces a variety of effects depending on the colors of the paper and embossing powder used. In this article, we will demonstrate how to achieve a variety of effects using one type of ink pad with five different colors of embossing powder on gray paper.

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  • 02 of 08

    Heat Embossing with Transparent Powder

    embossing powder results
    Candice Cruz

    One of the staples to consider keeping in your heat embossing toolkit is a jar of transparent (or clear) embossing powder. The transparent powder is versatile because it will take on the color of the ink that is used when combining heat embossing and stamping. In this particular example, we used a Versamark ink pad which is also a clear ink, so the results on the gray paper are just a couple of shades darker gray after it has been heat set. 

    The transparent powder is also ideal if you are on a crafting budget and already have different colored ink pads to work with. Using a clear powder is also a nice way to add a subtle touch to projects such as wedding invitations or announcements since the effects are a lot subtler than embossing with different colored powders (as you will see in the next couple of slides).

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    Supplies used: Cottage Bloom Large Rubber Stamp, Versamark Ink Pad, Ultra Detail Transparent Embossing Powder (by Mark Enterprises), Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock

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  • 03 of 08

    Heat Embossing with Black Powder

    heat embossing black powder
    Candice Cruz

    Going from one extreme (transparent) to another is the use of black embossing powder. When paired with a stamped image that has thick lines or lots of details, black powder can make a design pop off the paper with color alone. Most embossing powders produce a shiny, satiny finish that is usually glossy after it is heat set.

    Another use for black embossing powder on projects such as wedding invitations would be as a background image, especially if a layer of thin vellum paper is placed over the embossed image. The vellum helps mute the sharp black color of an embossed image so things like text on the vellum are legible. 

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    Supplies used: Cottage Bloom Large Rubber Stamp, Versamark Ink Pad, Color Box Top Boss Black Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock

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  • 04 of 08

    Heat Embossing with White Powder

    heat embossing white powder
    Candice Cruz

    Using an opaque white powder when heat embossing can create a very elegant result. It's a little bit subtler than using a sharp black powder and stands out a little bit more than the transparent powder. When paired with white paper, white embossing powder can be used in conjunction with water coloring to create an emboss resist effect.

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    Supplies used: Cottage Bloom Large Rubber Stamp, Versamark Ink Pad, JudiKins Opaque White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock

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  • 05 of 08

    Heat Embossing with Aqua Powder

    heat embossing blue powder
    Candice Cruz

    One great thing about embossing powder is that it is available in a ton of colors and you can usually find one to match whatever project you are working on. It is also made with different finishes such as opaque, matte, distressed, glitter, metallic and more.

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    Supplies used: Cottage Bloom Large Rubber Stamp, Versamark Ink Pad, Zing! Opaque Aqua Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock

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  • 06 of 08

    Heat Embossing with Glitter Powder

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    Candice Cruz

    Using an embossing powder that is mostly glitter based can produce a shimmery and textured result on your project.

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    Supplies used: Cottage Bloom Large Rubber Stamp, Versamark Ink Pad, Stampendous Glitter Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock

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  • 07 of 08

    Heat Embossing with Colored Powder

    heat embossing samples
    Candice Cruz

    Small jars of embossing powder range anywhere from $2 to $7 each and can usually be found in local craft or stationery stores. Many brands have color charts available on their websites so you can see the results before buying in-store or online. A small jar of powder will last a pretty long time if used only once in a while, especially if you pour the excess back into the jar after each use. 

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  • 08 of 08

    Heat Embossing with Colored Powder

    heat embossed pages
    Candice Cruz

    Try experimenting with different colored paper, embossing powders, and ink pads to find the effect appropriate for your project. Keep in mind that a small jar of embossing powder will go a long way, especially when the excess powder is poured back into the container after each use. Most projects require a small amount of powder and can produce quite a unique result.