For years, I've been using embossing as a go-to method for enhancing stamped images, but I wasn't always so comfortable with the idea. Just the notion of having to incorporate any kind of gun into a technique seemed way too hard core, too intimidating, and a little too Tarantino to me. Once I realized just how simple (and non-violent) embossing could be, however, I never looked back.
The layout that I'd like to share with you today includes an embossed border as well as embossed accents, and I'll share with you just how easily it all came together.
The basic supplies you'll need for embossing are a heat gun (no holster required), embossing powder, a watermark stamp pad, and the stamp(s) of your choice. You will also want to set up a flat and open surface near an outlet (so you can plug in your heat gun), and cover the area. I always save catalogs and magazines that have a crease in the middle, and use those as the surface on which I place my projects. You'll see why later.
I began by using a pen and ruler to establish a kind of "borderline" (later to be covered by paper) where the edges of the seal stamp would peek out (thus the black lines below). Using this line as a guide, I stamped a few images (about three at a time) with watermark ink.
When you apply heat with a heat gun, in just a few seconds, you will notice the surface of the powdery image begin to change from a more granulated surface to a shiny finish. Move on to apply heat to the rest of the image, and then turn off the heat gun. This really is the easiest part of the process, even though it may seem like the scariest, at first. Just follow basic gun control rules: never point it at anyone, no matter how much you would like to see them embossed.
Due to the heat being applied to the page, the paper may seem crinkly at first, but it will smooth out eventually.
On to the accents!
As I held a package of JBS star mini chipboard pieces in one hand and surveyed my JBS stamps, considering the possibilities, I noticed the patterns on the bunting stamps:
I used Chewing Gum and Stick Candy paint dabbers to prep the surfaces of each star, and then repeated the process mentioned above, stamping with watermark ink, adding powder, tapping off the excess, and then applying heat. I really like how these turned out!
So...are YOU ready to turn up the heat? Emboss away!