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I am an experienced card-maker, but still need more direction on embossing.  Please discuss.

Glenda

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Hi Glenda, I think one of the most important things to use before actually stamping with Versamark is the embossing buddy or any anti-static tool. This will make most of your embossing powder stick only to the Versamark. You can use a small paint brush to remove any stray bits before using your heat gun. I hope this helps. I have had good luck with this.

I agree with Karen. I wouldn’t want to emboss without my embossing buddy. For colored embossing, I use VersaMark, then colored ink before I stamp, then sprinkle on clear embossing powder. The VersaMark makes dye ink sticky enough for the embossing powder and the clear embossing powder takes on the color of the ink when the heat is applied.

Thank you, Karen.  I will try my Versamark.  What is the "embossing buddy/anti-static tool"?

Karen Atkinson said:

Hi Glenda, I think one of the most important things to use before actually stamping with Versamark is the embossing buddy or any anti-static tool. This will make most of your embossing powder stick only to the Versamark. You can use a small paint brush to remove any stray bits before using your heat gun. I hope this helps. I have had good luck with this.

& turn off the fan.   I know this.   LOL

I usually start with heating from the back for about 5 seconds or so after my heat tool has warmed up.  Then I move to the front.    and a lot has to do with your heat tool.   I recently changed from an old Martha Steward to a  Milwaukee heat tool.  The difference is amazing and I actually enjoy embossing now.

Embossing Buddy    Click to see at GinaKDesigns



Glenda Sampson said:

Thank you, Karen.  I will try my Versamark.  What is the "embossing buddy/anti-static tool"?

Karen Atkinson said:

Hi Glenda, I think one of the most important things to use before actually stamping with Versamark is the embossing buddy or any anti-static tool. This will make most of your embossing powder stick only to the Versamark. You can use a small paint brush to remove any stray bits before using your heat gun. I hope this helps. I have had good luck with this.

Hi Glenda,
Don't forget to use a wooden clothes peg to hold your card to avoid burning your fingers,
Kay from South Australia

Glenda, sometimes the embossing powder makes a difference.  Gina has great embossing powders.  I use Ultra Fine embossing powder for most everything these days as it really helps make the fine sentiments stand out.  I know Gina has great videos showing heat embossing.  Here is one that helps the beginner:  http://stamptv.ning.com/video/heat-embossing

I watch Gina's technique videos over and over again.  They are stocked full of helpful information and hints.


Hello Glenda,

An embossing buddy looks like a little pillow. It is filled with powder and helps remove any oils from cardstock after you handle it. There is another tool that looks different, but does the same thing. You can usually find them with stamping supplies in the craft and scrapbooking stores. Hope this helps.

Karen


Glenda Sampson said:

Thank you, Karen.  I will try my Versamark.  What is the "embossing buddy/anti-static tool"?

Karen Atkinson said:

Hi Glenda, I think one of the most important things to use before actually stamping with Versamark is the embossing buddy or any anti-static tool. This will make most of your embossing powder stick only to the Versamark. You can use a small paint brush to remove any stray bits before using your heat gun. I hope this helps. I have had good luck with this.



Karen Atkinson said:


Hello Glenda,

An embossing buddy looks like a little pillow. It is filled with powder and helps remove any oils from cardstock after you handle it. There is another tool that looks different, but does the same thing. You can usually find them with stamping supplies in the craft and scrapbooking stores. Hope this helps.

Karen


Glenda Sampson said:

Thank you, Karen.  I will try my Versamark.  What is the "embossing buddy/anti-static tool"?

Karen Atkinson said:

Hi Glenda, I think one of the most important things to use before actually stamping with Versamark is the embossing buddy or any anti-static tool. This will make most of your embossing powder stick only to the Versamark. You can use a small paint brush to remove any stray bits before using your heat gun. I hope this helps. I have had good luck with this.



Glenda Sampson said:



Karen Atkinson said:


Hello Glenda,

An embossing buddy looks like a little pillow. It is filled with powder and helps remove any oils from cardstock after you handle it. There is another tool that looks different, but does the same thing. You can usually find them with stamping supplies in the craft and scrapbooking stores. Hope this helps.

Karen


Glenda Sampson said:

Thank you, Karen.  I will try my Versamark.  What is the "embossing buddy/anti-static tool"?

Karen Atkinson said:

Hi Glenda, I think one of the most important things to use before actually stamping with Versamark is the embossing buddy or any anti-static tool. This will make most of your embossing powder stick only to the Versamark. You can use a small paint brush to remove any stray bits before using your heat gun. I hope this helps. I have had good luck with this.

Thank you, Karen.  I didn't know this existed, and I will certainly try it.  It is wonderful to have this information.  Thank you.

Glenda

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