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6.19.2009

Heat Embossing Follow up

Wow! Thanks for all the wonderful comments on the heat embossing article! I really appreciate our readers sharing their tips and tricks with all of us too! We can all use some helpful hints! I am just back to answer a couple of questions that you had about heat embossing.

Are all heat embossing stamps/heat guns created equal? I think any crafter would benefit from a heat tool of some kind. You certainly don't have to break the bank to get one! Marvy-Uchida makes one for about $25 and Darice has one that runs about $20. I got mine using a coupon from Jo-Anns so it was even cheaper. Not only can you use it for heat embossing but you can use it to dry paint or ink. There are a couple of features I would look for in a heat tool. Make sure the end is not metal. These babies get hot! Crafters have reported burning their arms or hands by accidentally touching the metal end. Look for a heat tool that has a stand so the hot end isn't touching anything when you set it down.

Can you use a hair-dryer to heat emboss? No. The heat embossing tool is unique in that it provides a source of direct, high heat (we are talking 600 degrees F) to melt the embossing powder. The hair dryer will not work because it can't get hot enough and it blows air not direct heat.

When embossing the chipboard letter, did you leave it on a heat resistant surface and direct your heat gun at it or did you hold it with tweezers? Three little words... Ranger Craft sheet. I always use this sheet while embossing. It is 15x18, non-stick, reusable, heat resistant, and it is FABULOUS!! I use it for everything! The secret is to hold your heat tool directly above your item to emboss. If you come from the side it will lift and blow away. I have also used a repositional adhesive on the underside of the item to be embossed and adhered it to my craft sheet. Tweezers also work but you need to be careful as they are metal and will heat up with your heat gun.

I enjoying heat embossing, but many times I find that the embossing powder sticks to other areas of my paper, places that haven't been stamped. What is the best way to remove the extra powder? Static electricity is the culprit here. Stampin' Up and Inkadinkado sell little bags filled with some "magic rosin" that can be wiped over the area you are going to stamp and on and will help alleviate this problem. You can find them here and here. I also have used a fine paint brush to swipe away wandering powder, tapped my paper gently and have even blown on the paper to rid of extra powder. I am wondering too if wiping your paper with a anti-static dryer sheet would work. I will have to try that and let you know!


I hope that this follow-up has answered your questions regarding heat embossing and please let us know if you have other questions!

2 comments:

JennV said...

I have heard a tip that a dryer sheet works just great to remove the static before embossing! I also use a tiny dry paintbrush to clean up the image before embossing.

Thanks for answering all these questions!

Beedubya said...

I've used dryer sheets before as well, Shelley but I found with some sheets, it leaves a residue on some cardstock. Swiffer sheets work great, though!

Brandi