Friday 8 April 2011

Embossing at The Stampman

Time for a new challenge at The Stampman and this fortnight we're looking for embossing.  For this I made a little poppy hanger for Janet's Appeal later on this year - details are HERE if you'd lke to donate cards etc with a poppy theme.

I used a triple embossing technique for this, if you haven't tried it before pull up a pew and I'll walk ya through!

I started with some 2"x2" squares by Magenta.  These are very sturdy, you need to use something sturdy for triple embossing or it can break (or crumble in the post which I found out once!)  The Stampman sell chipboard squares which are fab for this technique and more.

Colour your chipboard with a base colour of pigment ink - dye will just seep into the chipboard so you need a pigment which sits on the surface.  Here I used a black brilliance ink.

Step 2 - Add some embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat.  Allow this to cool and use a clear ink to add another layer.  You can of course play around and add various colours of ink.

Now just to mention if you see this demo'ed at a show you may see us leave the embossing powder in a pile and quickly flip the tile onto it whilst its still hot.  This is for more experienced who have finger tips of steel lol!  If its your first time then let it cool before adding more ink and another layer of powder. 
Step 3 - Before you add your 3rd layer ink up your chosen stamp (or you'll be faffing around when the tile is hot!) then complete your 3rd layer.  Whilst the tile is still hot and the melted powder is still soft, press your stamp firmly into the tile then leave it to cool. 

NB: If you remove your stamp when its still hot you could end up with molten embossing powder stuck to it and cause damage. After about a minute it will simply pop off.
You can use coloured inks or a clear ink but make sure you at least have versamark on to protect your stamp.  Don't use clear stamps for this, just rubbah!

Just showing you the effects of moonglow over black, it changes appearance depending on the base colour, luuuurvly!

OK you got that?  Go have a play!  For this I punched holes in the tiles BEFORE I added powder and made a little hanger :)  Don't be afraid to experiment!  Come show us your creations over at The Stampman!

Would also like to enter into...

Gingersnap - Once in a blue moon (GC 68 Red & Black)
Make it Monday - Anything goes (Inspiration)


Michelle said...


Wow, I have never seen this technique before, it looks totally AMAZING!!

Thank you for sharing over at Make It Monday this week and for that fab tutorial.

Michelle :-)

The Stamp Man said...

Ace Vix! Both the project and the tutorial!!

Yep, people want to see things done mega quick at shows so we need to have fingers of steel to handle that hot stuff quickly, but doing it nice and easy at home, leaving it to cool, re-inking and repeating is the best way to start.

Though saying that, once you get a dab hand at it, you'll be flipping those hot tiles too! We're also an impatient bunch at home aren't we:)

Seriously though, take Vix's advice and don't be afraid to try this technique, take your time, there's really no need to rush it.

If you don't like the final result then reheat it, it'll melt out, then try again until you are happy with it. Add more embossing powder if needed. Don't ever bin it, just try it again another day.

Janet will be chuffed to bits with this for the poppy appeal!

Brilliant, thanks Vix!!! :D


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous tiles! Thanks for playing the Gingersnapper's Choice Challenge!

Cheryl said...

FANTASTIC and a fabulous technique!!! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious!!

carol said...

fabulous creation, thanks for playing along with craftycatz this week, x carol

Vicky said...

WOW...Vix this is awesome I will def be having a try of this I've never seen it before. Thanks for another awesome tute hun.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Sue said...

These tiles are brilliant Vix, a fab technique x

Lynn said...

Wow, I love the 'twinchies' and the tutorial. Lynn x
p.s. Could you check your spam mail for an e-mail from me? Many thanks. x

tiggertastic said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh so clever and amazing

Grenouille Greetings said...

Fabulous tutorial and fabulous finished artwork! You are sooo clever - these pieces look amazing! Hugs, Lesley

trisha too said...

Fabulous piece and great tutorial--I found your piece at the Gingersnap Creations Blue Moon Challenge!