Hello. Today’s video is one I did for the Hero Arts blog, but I wanted to share it here also. It shows how to do layered heat embossing.
There is just something so very striking about bold colors against a dark/black background. I find the fastest way to achieve this look with with heat embossing. Thankfully, embossing powders are not expensive and last a very long time.
The Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies and Color Layering Bird and Branch stamp sets are perfect for this layered heat embossing technique. By simply stamping/embossing the images on top of each other, you get a mini masterpiece. I used various Wow opaque embossing powders for bold, solid color.
I gotta say – these two stamp sets are two of my favorites from Hero Arts. That bird – wow! So perfect for this technique. And the embossing gives a bit of texture. Bonus!
Here are some embossing tips that I find helpful with this technique:
- Using an anti-static tool is important with each layer of stamping so you don’t end up with stray bits of colorful embossing powder. You can use an anti-static tool, cornstarch, or a dryer sheet. (I much prefer the Powder Tool for this. It lasts a verrrry long time!)
- When tapping off the embossing powder, tap lightly. If you tap off too much, the black cardstock will show through the embossing.
- Heat up your heat gun before bringing it to the paper. I usually let mine heat up for 30 seconds and this helps prevent the paper from warping.
- A good heat gun makes a HUGE difference when it comes to embossing and preventing warping. I *highly* recommend the Milwaukee.
- If you don’t have the right color of embossing powder, try mixing embossing powders together to create your own.
- If you’re using a dark colored cardstock, use an opaque embossing powder so the color is nice and bright. I recommend colorful powders from Ranger and WOW… and the basics from Hero Arts.
How would you like to win BOTH the Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies Stamps and Color Layering Bird and Branch Stamps stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/6/15 telling me if you have ever tried dark backgrounds on your cards. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)
Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks for the stamps, Hero Arts.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Hero Arts (HA), etc.