How to emboss on foil, vellum, and window sheets

Recently, a viewer on my YouTube channel asked if it is possible to heat emboss on foil sheets.

Heat embossing is fairly straightforward, and with a little practice, can add a stunning visual element to your papercraft projects.

So, what do you need for heat embossing? A heat tool, embossing powder, an embossing pillow, ink, and a Take Your Pick tool.

All embossing powders work basically the same. You stick them to the paper using ink, heat with a heat tool, and then you’re done.

Clockwise from top left: gold foil, silver foil, cardstock, window sheet, vellum, velvet sheet.

What kind of ink do I use?

Any slow-drying ink will work. For the samples, I used Versamark for some, and Stampin’ Up! classic ink for others. DO NOT use Staz-on, alcohol inks, or other quick drying ink to use for heat embossing- it doesn’t stay wet long enough for the embossing powder to stick.

What kind of stamps work best?

Generally, all Stampin’ Up! embossing powders will work for all stamps, even fine detail stamps. You want to ensure you don’t over-ink the stamp (just tap gently to the ink pad to avoid over inking) and press directly down on the stamp, and lift straight up. This is especially important when stamping on glossy surfaces, like vellum, window sheets, etc.

What type of heat tool do I need to use?

A hair dryer will not work to heat emboss- it doesn’t get warm enough to melt the embossing powder. You’ll need a crafting heat tool. The nozzle is narrow, which allows for precision and quick heating.

What kind of paper can I use?

The paper you use is totally up to you. Smooth papers work better, but since the embossing powder melts onto the surface, it can be used on almost anything, including slick surfaces.

If you are using metallic or foil paper, you want to ensure there’s no plastic coating on the back, otherwise if you overheat the paper, you run the risk of melting it. A quick test on the back of the paper with a heat took will tell you what you’re dealing with.

As mentioned above, stamping straight down and lifting straight up will ensure the best impression, especially on a slick surface. As with anything, the more you practice, the easier it will get. If you have any questions, please, leave a comment, or send me an email. I am always happy to help.

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