Sunday, February 25, 2007

Triple Heat Embossing - Class

I know that this is a basic stamping and cardcraft technique, but for those of you who might not have tried this type of heat embossing yet.

Here is a class just for you !!!!!!
  • Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels (UTEE's) e.g Suze Weinburgs - any colours you like and/or Embossing Powders (EP's) e.g Stamp n' Stuff or Heat It Up - any colours you like.
  • Bazill Chips, heavy card,mountboard or stampbord in various shapes
  • Embossing Ink (Judikins) or Versamark Ink Pad
  • Rubber stamps of your choice
  • Pigment Ink of your choice (e.g. Colorbox or Pretty Color)
  • Heat Gun (Ranger White hairdrier type preferably, but not essentially)
  • Heat resistant craft sheet (e.g. Oven Liner - Lakeland)
Step 1 - Collect your ingredients

Everything here except the coloured Pigment Ink Pads !
Step 2 - Ink up your rubber stamp with your choice of pigment ink and set it aside.

I have used the Chinese Script stamp by Kodomo.

Step 3 - Next ink up your base material with embossing ink or versamark. I am using a 2inch square piece of Stampbord as my base.

Step 4 - Dip the piece into clear UTEE (or clear ordinary embossing powder), to coat. Shake off excess and place on heatproof surface.

Step 5 - Heat with heat gun until the clear UTEE or Embossing powder has melted. Then quickly re-dip the tile in more UTEE or EP to coat again. TAKE CARE !! The moltem powder will be very hot. Re-heat until the surface is molten and glasslike. You can repeat again if you like.

Step 6 - Then open your selection of EP's and with the heat tool turned off (to avoid blowing the powder everywhere whilst you add it) sprinkle what you like, where you like and then carefully remelt. Repeat until the desired effect is obtained. I used Gunmetal, Gold and Verdigris with a touch of Marquisite. I like to use a small metal spatula for placing the powder where I want it.

Step 7 - When happy with the result of the molten EP, carefully position your inked rubber stamp over the tile and lower into the molten powder. You need to work quickly as the molten powder will set and your impression will not be good. Leave for a minute or two until cool. The heat will not damage your stamp and the pigment ink acts as a release agent as well as colouring your impression.

Step 8 - Carefully remove the stamp to reveal your work of art !! If you don't like what you see, you can re-heat the embossing powder with the heat tool until the surface is smooth again and re-stamp until happy.

Here are two examples that can be achieved, the second using Ranger Bright EP's

That's it and have fun !!

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  1. Thank you for sharing this technique. I have just bought a melt pot, so found your Tutorial on Faux Dichroic Glass very interesting

  2. Thanks for your comments.......enjoy the melt pot its a great piece of kit !

  3. Hi, I know this is an old link now, but I have searched all over the net for a masterclass in triple embossing on stampbord.
    So glad I finally found one!

    Many thanks Ez

  4. Thank you Sid, this is fab and Im going to have a go now.

  5. Thank you so much Sid - off to try it this afternoon.


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