3 Easy Concepts with Embossing for Papercrafting
Today we are focusing on basics of embossing to help you understand a bit more why and how to use this eye-popping and useful technique in your next papercraft project.
First, let us ask the obvious…what the heck does emboss mean? Webster tells us it simply means “to ornament with raised work”. We like to emboss because it creates a dynamic look! Embossing literally takes your project from one level to another by providing shine, texture and a 3-D effect. If your project has a nice focal point with a stamped image then embossing and texture lures the eye and the hand for a tactical experience. We want to show you three ways to emboss using embossing powder, embossing paste and embossing folders.
Embossing Powder is still trending as one of the coolest things to hit the crafting world. The fine particulate powder is great for intricate details and is often used to highlight a sentiment or focal point in a design. Using embossing powder involves a heat tool to melt the fine powder and a tacky ink. VersaMark is heralded as many pro crafter’s favorite embossing ink. It is important to understand embossing powder also works on any pigment ink with a slower dry time. Other Tsukineko pigment inks are Brilliance, Delicata, VersaColor, VersaMagic and Memento Luxe. This technique creates a lower raised surface, but the techniques you can do with it are endless.
The bunny in the photo above is stamped with VersaMark, embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and detailed with Angel Pink Memento Markers. The melted powders will act as a resist to most inks you lay over. Crafters have developed a variety of techniques with embossing powders. Artist in Resident Martha Lucia Gomez shares a great technique with this double embossed Believe Greeting Card in a vibrant green. We encourage experimenting!
Creative Medium is our premier crafting acrylic medium for mixed media. The density of Creative Medium makes it great for embossing with stencils. The use of Creative Medium is fairly straight forward, though can take some practice to master. Simply tape down the stencil and apply paste over the stencil, remove and immediately clean extra paste from the stencil. The benefit of using a paste is expanding the use of a stencil, to get a more dramatic 3-D effect, and the option to add other embellishments into the emboss. Elina Stromberg uses this embossing technique on her Bluebird handmade card and her Fireworks Mixed Media Doll. Particularly when you use a metal stencil, creating an embossed surface with paste can create quite a great depth and appeal.
Using an embossing folder allows you to use paper itself as the embossed surface. This stays in the classic tradition of embossing which is from the printing press era. Since cardstock is a heavier weight, the fibers of the paper can handle being pressed into different shapes. With the embossing powder and Creative Medium, the results will shine with the plastic-like material. With an embossing folder, the paper will maintain the original finish if you are going for a matte look. A more intermediate or advanced technique is to ink the embossing folder and use the pressure of the embossing machine like a letterpress. Jowilna Nolte used this inked emboss technique in a Butterfly handmade Card.
We hope you enjoyed this quick and easy review of embossing techniques. Watch our video below and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more inspiration.