The Essential Heat Embossing Guide

Heat embossing is one of the most versatile stamping techniques around plus it is just plain cool! And if you’ve been wanting to learn more about heat embossing, we can help!

We will go through the basics of this technique and show you what you need to get started. We will also share some tips and tricks for making sure you get great results every single time.

So let’s start out with the big question….what is heat embossing? Well, other than complete magic, it’s a technique used in paper crafting that allows you to add dimension, shine and special effects (like metallic and glitter) to any stamped image. Heat embossing is achieved by stamping an image in an embossing compatible ink, adding powder and then heating the powder to melt and smooth it.  It leaves you with dimension and shine….and it never gets old.

There are many types of embossing powders on the market and in today’s video, we will share several of those with you and talk you through the essential information that you should consider when purchasing embossing powders. Embossing powders are available in multiple finishes (glossy, matte, metallic, glitter, opaque and transparent) as well as various grinds (ultra-fine, regular and ultra-thick). All of them have their purpose and place in the paper-crafting world…and will give you different results.

There are some basic supplies you’ll need for embossing. Here’s the short list…

  • paper
  • stamp(s)
  • an anti-static powder tool
  • embossing compatible ink
  • embossing powder
  • heat tool (nope…not a hair dryer)

Be sure to check out today’s video. We have lots of information to share with you! You’ll be embossing like a pro in no time.

Now that you know all about heat embossing, check out the fabulous embossing powders & tools available in the Ellen Hutson shop HERE!

And thank you for stopping by today! And if you have more ink questions, be sure to ask us in the comments below!


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  • Reply Lagene December 15, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Great embossing video!

  • Reply piccolabigettaia December 16, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    thank you for you video! can you give us some advice about the paper to use for embossing? thank you, stefania

    • Reply Ellen Hutson LLC December 16, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      A high quality smooth cardstock will give you best results. Generally, anything that gives you good stamping results will also be your best best for embossing. Textured cardstocks will often results in gaps in your embossing since it’s harder to get a good clean stamped image on textured cardstock as well. Hope that helps!

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