Embossing and Scrapbooking

Embossing is creating a raised image on a designated surface to complete the desired effect. Embossing is a fun and creative way to add visual interest to your scrapbook page. There are two main types of embossing; heat embossing and dry embossing. Both dry and heat embossing will require the use of specialized tools. Fortunately, this does not require a large investment.

Heat Embossing

Heat embossing will require the purchase of embossing powder, ink and a heat source. Usually this is in the form of a heat gun however you can utilize items around the house to fulfill this requirement.

-How to Heat Emboss

First you stamp the image (apply ink to the embellishment). Then you will sprinkle embossing powder on the image (embellishment) making sure to cover the whole thing. Shake off excess powder. I recommend returning excess to the jar so as not to waste it. Then you will apply the heat source to the image making sure to keep the heat source moving constantly so you don’t burn the image. If you watch carefully, you should be able to see when the item is finished. You will see a visual effect where the powder melts and the item changes to the desired color.

Heat embossing has many applications. You can heat emboss an eyelet to change the color. You can stamp an image and heat emboss it to give it a raised appearance. You can change the color of chipboard letters and other chipboard embellishments.

Dry Embossing

Dry embossing will require the purchase of a stylus and stencils. You can also purchase special plates for dry embossing. Some people will also benefit from purchasing a light table to better see the stencil.

-How to Dry Emboss

Tape the stencil onto the paper using removable adhesive. Then place the page on the light source with the stencil facing down. You should be able to view the image you are embossing through the sheet of paper. Then using your stylus, push down on the paper so that you are placing a dent in the paper. Trace the image till you achieve the desired effect. Remove the stencil and you should see a raised image.

Dry embossing has many advantages. You can dry emboss an image and then add chalk or ink to create definition on the image. You can dry emboss an image onto a photo to create a visual effect.

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