Thursday, June 19, 2014

Stamping and Embossing Your Own Embellishments

Embellishments can add that special touch to your projects. And while I love buying them, it's just as fun to make your own.  For these I used white embossing powder, some small script stamps from Cocoa Daisy, the Perfect Crafting Pouch, Versamark ink and my heat gun.

I gathered up a variety of material - kraft paper pages from Cosmo Cricket, an old Maya Road kraft tag, a metal tag from Recollections and some cork from a DCWV stack.  I really wanted to use white ink to stamp on these, however, white ink is notorious for being too light. So instead I grabbed my white embossing powder.

For small and fine stamps you'll get the best results with fine detail embossing powder. And before you stamp, treat your surface with the Perfect Crafting Pouch to get not only a crisp image but to keep stray flecks of embossing powder from sticking to the surface and ruining your project.

I like to use a piece of copy paper to catch extra embossing powder.  However, these were small enough that I could shake most of it right back into the jar.  If you're embossing a metal rimmed tag, be aware that the metal will also get quite hot.  Let it cool down before trying to pick it up!

The cork sheets from DCWV are perfect for punches.  Here I've used a circle punch and added it to a photo with a little bit of the Best Glue Ever.  Into my page protector it goes!

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