Heat Embossing

American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder Tips and Tricks

American Crafts Zing! Embossing Powder is perfect for adding color and dimension to your projects.  Zing! isn’t ordinary embossing powder, it is the most even, opaque and vivid embossing powder available.  Now, I am the first to admit I don’t stamp and emboss nearly enough in my projects.  I love the effect, but am sometimes scared to use it!  I’ve gathered some tips and tricks (most of them from the awesome Kristy Lee’s ScrapbookSteals projects)  to embossing and hopefully we will all use it more often. 😉

Products Needed:

  • Heat Embossing Powders (like today’s steal)
  • Stamps
  • Versamark ink pad (or other pigment ink pad)
  • Heating Tool

Embossing Supplies


Embossing is actually a pretty simple, three-step process:

  1. Stamp your image using Versamark Ink or another pigment ink product.  tip: if using a pigment ink, make sure to use one in the same color family as your embossing powder
  2. Dump the embossing powder onto the inked image and tap off excess.  Make sure to get rid of all excess embossing powder so you don’t have any stray melted powder on your project.  tip: rub a used dryer sheet over your project to help reduce static
  3. Hold the heating tool 6-7″ away from your project heat powder until it  begins to melt.  Once your powder melts, move the heat away quickly to avoid warping.  tip: allow heat tool to warm up prior to melting the powder.  This helps reduce over-melting and burning paper

That’s it!

Today’s embossing powder is perfect for projects on black or dark papers.

zing embossing powder projects

I have challenged myself to use embossing more often.  The process can seem daunting, but is actually really simple!  Good luck to all of us.

Make sure to check back on Monday for our Monday Craft Madness #22!

How To’sday | Emboss Resist Technique

Today’s How To’sday by Jennifer Blomquist is awesome! You have made it look so easy – such a great effect!

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It’s a new year, and that means a good excuse to try new things.  One of the things I’ve recently rediscovered is heat embossing!  It always looks so classy on a project and here is another technique you can try to take your heat embossing up a notch with the Emboss Resist technique!  It is easy to do, and gives you endless possibilities using your favorite stamps, ink, and embossing powders.

To get started, you are going to need your basics:  Versamark ink, embossing powder, heat gun, stamps, and I recommend an embossing buddy (that little fabric pouch in the upper left corner of the photo). It holds some magic cornstarch-like dust that de-statics your projects and keeps stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

First, pick your image.  I like an image with lots of detail and gaps for color between the raised embossed part of the image.  Use the embossing buddy to destatic your paper and them stamp in Versamark. Cover the stamped image with your embossing powder of choice (I like white embossing powder) and heat with your heat gun.


For fun, you can stamp a coordinating image overlapping your heat embossed image.  This is your first hint of how the embossing is ink-resistant!

Now, to start inking up your image.  Grab a sponge – I like the porous yellow sponges that I can cut into wedges. You can use other sponges to get different densities of ink (the makeup sponges or sponge daubers will give you a darker, more concentrated look). I don’t recommend cotton balls or similar items because you tend to get stray fibers from the cotton ball that pick up ink and put it down where you don’t want it. Take your sponge and tap it on your ink pad to pick up ink. Then, starting from the center of your image, swirl the sponge over your heat embossed image in a circular motion. Keep spiraling out, tapping more ink when necessary, until you have covered your entire embossed image and have the color as dark as you want.

When you are done, you should have your embossed image resisting the color you sponged and the paper picking up the ink you wanted.

Another cool look you can get with this technique is to color in your image using this emboss resist sponging. Just start with your heat-embossed, stamped image. For a more subtle effect, use clear embossing powder.

Take your yellow sponge and squeeze it so the part of the sponge that picks up ink is fairly small. Tap that on your ink pad and color in parts of your stamped image using the swirling technique mentioned above.

Layer your colors until you have the look that you want. You may find that when you are doing this technique that the color you were sponging with seemed to have covered up and stained the embossed area. This is especially common with dark colors of ink. All you have to do is grab a paper towel or tissue and clean off the embossed area by buffing it off. I use the same swirling motion that I sponge with when cleaning off with a Kleenex.

Keep adding color and buffing off the embossed area until you get the contrast you want. Now just take your finished embossed pieces and show them off in a cute card or scrapbook page!

It just takes a little bit of experimenting and a few minutes, and you can end up with a card that has a lot of pop and wow factor.  One other tip: I usually do this with dye-based inks.  You may get a bit more staining and a longer drying time if you use pigment inks for your sponging. I hope you enjoy trying this out and have lots of fun!

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Jennifer, thank you so much for sharing with us today! Such a beautiful card. You are certainly going to stretch my heat embossing with these ideas!

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #4 from another Guest Designer!

Inkadinkado Embossing Powders | Monday Craft Madness #3

The Inkadinkado Embossing Powders are SO much fun for crafts big and small! The colors are fun and bright, and there are endless possibilities with these. I’ll show you just a few, which brings us to this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Embossing Powders!

I was given green, red and white embossing powders – so, of course, I had to go with a festive theme! These powders worked great for jazzing up Christmas gifts for my daughter’s teacher.

I started off thinking about a gift. I have seen altered candle holders on Pinterest and really wanted to give this a try. I used a Versamark watermark stamp pad and simple snowflake stamps. Then I sprinkled on the embossing powder, used my heat embossing tool, and voila!

Next I needed something to put the gift in! I found an old box, painted the edges in green metallic paint, and then set to work with the decorating. I love to use embossing powders with background stamps, so the top of the box is decorated with a heat embossed background stamp and the embossed sentiment stamp. I used a dry embossing folder for the plain cardstock pieces around the sides of the box, which I then went over with my stamp pad and embossing powder. I then heat embossed it all. A very simple, yet effective decoration.

Of course, with every gift you need a gift tag! Something else I spotted on Pinterest was using one stamped image and carefully ‘painting’ with the powders. Basically, you carefully place each color where you want it on the image and then heat emboss it all together. I must say, this was very fiddly but fun!

Lastly, I needed a card to finish off the set. I used the embossing powders on a stocking stamp, cut them out, and then ‘popped’ them up! I also embossed the sentiment. Such a simple, yet effective, card made in under 10 minutes!

I love these embossing powders! I think the 48g pot I have of each color is going to last me a life time! Looking at it, you wouldn’t even know I had used it! I hope I have inspired you to join in this week’s Monday Craft Madness challenge – using embossing powders!

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Now we are into a new month, that means we can announce the winner of November’s Monday Craft Madness. First, I want to thank you all for joining in the new challenges – I hope you are finding them fun!

Congratulations go to… Deb Routledge. You are our lucky November winner!

Please email service@steals.com and we will be happy to send a little cardmakin’ swag your way!

If you’d like to enter to win our December Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires!) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the last Thursday of the month to create your project and leave a comment on with a link to it on our blog. We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post!

How To’sday | Custom Alphabet Stickers

So your sweet husband/boyfriend/special other decided to take it upon himself to do a little scrappy shopping for you for Christmas and decided to get you Thickers. A bunch of Thickers. Only problem is he decided to get you a lifetime supply of white ones figuring they would go with anything. Well guess what — he was right. :)

Today Misty Buck shows us how to take those basic white foamy alphabet stickers and alter them to suit any crafty color need.

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  • foam alphabet stickers
  • ink pad
  • heating tool
  • rubber stamp

Step 1: Choose letters to alter and place them on a ink-proof surface.

Step 2: Cover the surface of the letters with desired color of ink.

Step 3: Gently heat surface of inked stickers until foam softens. “Stamp” surface of letters with a rubber stamp to create texture.

Step 4: Use custom colored and textured letters on project of your choice!

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Misty, thanks so much for sharing your fun idea with us. Now all of those white stickers can be dressed up to suit your every need. :)

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us for a How To’sday tutorial then don’t be shy! We’d love to see what you have up your crafty sleeve. You can send photos and text to Kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will add you to the lineup.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our first guest sketcher of the new year! It’s a day you do not wish to miss.

Emboss it! (MCM #11)

Emboss it!  (MCM #11)

Hello everyone!  I hope your weekend was fantastic and filled with lots of scrapping.  I know that I can’t seem to keep up with all of the wonderful creations being posted on our Facebook Fan Page as everyone is making the effort to be a part of our Emerald Club and in turn have a shot at the fantastic Echo Park giveaway!

Well here it is Monday again, which means it’s time for Monday Card Madness.  Before we get talking about this weeks sketch, let’s talk a little bit about today’s amazing steal, American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder.  I’m not going to sugar coat the fact that I’m just not a stamper.  I looooooooove the look of it and truly admire people with the gift of stamping ability, however I will say there is something amazingly fun and magical about heat embossing.  Even though I’m not great at it, I certainly LOVE doing it!  Maybe with a little practice I’ll even get better!

I was looking through my limited stamps (yeah…because I just don’t stamp!) and thought it would be fun to make a snowflake card using the wonderfully bright colors featured in today’s steal.  I was going to do multi-colors, but one hot pink snowflake later I was hooked!

Even my 16 year old was pretty much beside herself with happiness and has decided that she will make the same card for her friends for Christmas.

So you may be asking, what exactly do you need to do heat embossing?  Mandatory is heat embossing powders (like today’s steal), stamps, versamark ink (or pigment ink) and absolutely helpful although not entirely necessary is a heating tool.  (You can use a stove top or toaster, but do yourself a favor and get a heating tool.  You’ll thank yourself within minutes!)

Heat embossing is really quite simple.

1. stamp image on to project using Versamark ink. (Or any pigment ink should work just fine, as long as it stays wet.  Just remember to coordinate the ink color with your embossing powder!)

2. Dump embossing powder into the inked image.  Dump off excess and carefully brush away and particles that want to cling outside of the stamped image.  A small paint brush works great for this.  Remember anywhere there is embossing powder sticking, it will remain on the finished project.

3. Hold heating tool 6 – 7″ away from project and gently heat until embossing powders begin to bubble and melt.  Once the magical change takes place be sure to move the heat source to a different area to avoid scorching and warping of your paper.

4. Sit back and admire the beauty of heat embossing.

I have to tell you that I absolutely love the neon colors offered in today’s Steal.  I love the pop that they give on black cardstock especially.

After creating the snowflake card I made a ‘Congratulations’ card and this weeks sketch was born!

I had so much fun using 2 different stamps nested into each other using two different colors of embossing powders.

I had to get my fill once again of using the neon colors on black and made a fun birthday card using some whimsical circle stamps and also nested two stamps again so that I could get a spash of blue here and there.

I was going to stop there with the cards but honestly laid in bed on Friday night dreaming up other cards that would work well with the sketch.  I thought it would be fun to use buttons to complete the circular portion of the card, so I made a fun girly card that would be great to send to a friend simply to say ‘hi!’.

I then thought that it would be a little more ‘boyish’ to make a card eliminating the ribbon but adding some photo corners instead as well as replacing the circles for stars.

So there you have it!  If you’re looking for a great treat for Santa to put under your tree, today’s steal would be a fantastic option!  We can’t wait to see your take on this weeks card sketch.  Remember to be qualified to win all of the cards based off of sketches that I make this month, all you have to do is create a card, post it to our Facebook Fan Page, or other online source such as a personal blog, and leave a comment on the coordinating blog post with a link to your project and you will be entered into a random drawing to win all that I create in the month of December.  Maybe not the most exciting of prizes, but hey….it will give you a stash of cards to have on hand for various occasions!

Have a GREAT Monday!