Have you ever heard the expression that "Necessity is the mother of invention"? This tutorial was created out of my desire to use a piece of shiny metallic paper that had a pattern in it. Despite tearing my little studio apart, there was no such thing in my stash of goodies. I knew that I could make inked paper with an embossing folder, so why not a heat embossed metallic paper? Believe it or not, it turned out to be quite simple!
Tools & Supplies:
- Embossing Machine - I used a BigShot
- Dry Embossing Folders
- Heat Gun
- Small paint brush or Q-tip
- White Cardstock
- Clear Embossing Ink
- Gold Embossing Powder
Gather your tools and supplies.
Cut your cardstock to desired size.
Find the debossed side of your embossing folder. This is the side that is somewhat flat and creates the recessed relief image into the paper.
Ink the entire surface of the debossed side with embossing ink. Place your paper onto the embossing folder, close it, and run it through your embossing machine.
It is important to place the paper onto the folder as opposed to sliding the paper into the folder. Once you have dry embossed the paper, cover the debossed side with embossing powder. Shake off excess powder. If any powder sticks to the design area gently wipe it away with a paint brush or Q-tip.
Use your heat gun to melt the embossing powder. And there you have it! I hope you have enjoyed this technique and try it with many different embossing powders.
About the Artist:
Jo West, of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, has been published in many Stampington publications and was also featured as our Guest Artist profile in Take Ten Magazine. Her advice to beginning stampers: Read stamping magazines, go online, look at all of the different styles, and try to figure out which style suits you most at this time in your life. A big “Thanks!” to Jo West for contributing this project! To see more of her artwork, follow her on Instagram (@paper_play).