Saturday, April 24, 2010

Scrap and Stamp Saturday and Debossing Technique

Hi everyone! First...don't forget about my giveaway in the post below this, or click here. :) The challenge at Scrap and Stamp is up! The challenge this week is a fun one, and it may be new to some of you so I encourage you to give it a try! The challenge is to use debossing on your layout. Are you saying "What's that?" Well, I am glad you asked...let me walk you through it. :)

Start with a piece of paper a little bigger then whatever stamp you want to use. I chose to use a die cut that I cut with my Slice. Other supplies you need:

  • stamp
  • embossing powder
  • heat gun
  • Versamark pad, or some kind of embossing or craft pad.

1. Ink your die cut/piece of paper with your embossing pad.

2. Make sure you have a scratch piece of paper behind your die cut, then pour embossing powder over the whole thing. You want to make sure the whole area is covered, so don't be afraid to pour a lot, you will not lose any--you can just pour it back in the container.

3. Lift your piece of paper up. It may be helpful to use a tool to slide under it. Then lightly tap excess powder off and set aside. If it doesn't look perfect, don't worry you won't be able to tell after adding several layers.

4. Pour your excess powder back into your container.

5. Using your heat gun, heat emboss your piece. I usually hold the heat gun about 2-3 inches away from what I am embossing. Smaller pieces of paper are harder to work with. I recommend when embossing it with your heat gun that you hold the gun directly above the cardstock, and not at an angle...this will keep it from moving all over the place while you are trying to heat it. You can also use a tool to hold it in place, but remember to not use your fingers, it gets very hot.

6. Let it cool for a minute and then start again. Using your embossing pad, cover your piece again.

7. Poor on your embossing powder.

8. Heat.

9. Repeat this process several more times. If you use Ultra Thick embossing powder, then it may not need as many layers. I just used regular embossing powder and I embossed 5 times. I usually emboss 5-6 times when doing this technique.

10. Immediately after your last emboss, while enamel is still hot, stamp your image in it.

There you have it! If it didn't turn out how you worries, just add another layer of embossing powder and melt it all together and try again. :)

Here's the layout I created:

Our sponsor this week at Scrap and Stamp is GCD Studios and they sent us papers to work with. They also have a prize up for grabs for doing this challenge. You can see the prize on the Scrap and Stamp blog. The stamps I used are from Unity Stamp Company. And I added all those gorgeous flowers and pearls from Prima. :)

Hope you join us for the challenge this week!

Have an awesome Saturday!


Lacey Stephens said...

Pamela, this was a fantastic technique! Thank you for making me try it! Your tutorial is perfect...easy to follow and great step by step instructions! Oh, and your layout is fabulous as well!! I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

StampinCathy said...

I love technique. Your tutorial was so easy to follow and your page is awesome.

Chris said...

Love the debossing. Beautifully done, and wonderful LO.

Sandy said...

Such a cool technique! TFS! Gonna try it soon.

Audra said...

super fun technique!! thanks sooo much for sharing!! really cute layout!! :)

salme said...

Beautifu layout! Love the technique!

Anonymous said...

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Martine said...

what a cool technique!! great LO too!

Tanya Tahir said...

Fab technique and I love your layout too!

Rene' Sharp said...

This looks like something I am going to have to try!! Thanks for the very well illustrated tutorial. I love your layout too!

TraceyT said...

Beautiful page!!

sarah said...

great technique! thanks so much for sharing with all of us!


erin said...

oh very very cool, pamela! tfs.

Jes said...

I have seen this before, but like the way you used it. I have never tried it, maybe when I get my scrappin mojo back!