When it comes to rubber stamps and embossing, heat embossing is one of the most popular and commonly used technique of choice amongst designers as well as entrepreneurs. If you are looking for a straightforward method of adding emphasis and visible depth to your stamped images, then heat embossing is the right choice for you. However, before you begin embossing, there are some mistakes you should take care to avoid:
Before you begin heat embossing, it’s important to know exactly what you want to accomplish with the embossing and prepare for it. Try out some test practises on scrap paper and remember to use a good amount of ink. You will require a decent amount of ink on your rubber stamps as the ink is what embossing powder will stick to. Pigment based ink are slower to dry and ideal for heat embossing.
There are two common ways of applying embossing powder: Either apply it on the rubber stamps so that the stamped image will be embossed as a whole or by sprinkling the powder onto the stamped image sections that are to be embossed. For greater accuracy, users can smooth the embossing powder across different areas evenly with a spoon.
After having applied the embossing powder, especially when you used rubber stamps to stamp them on, then be sure to remove the excess. Whenever possible, it is recommended that you wash the rubber stamps. Tapping them against consistent surfaces dislodge some of the embossing powder but there may be remnants stuck in the rubber stamp details. To avoid that, perform a quick wash with soap and water to remove the rest effectively.
You are bound to have excess embossing powder left that you do not wish to use. Instead of discarding the excess, the embossing powder can still be collected again for reusing. Gather the excess away from the section you want to use by using a small precise brush. Paint brushes are a good option to choose as you can exert more control over what leaves and what stays. Brush away the excess and store it again so that you can reuse it. If you have an antistatic wipe, use it to get a cleaner surface and prevent unwanted powder from adhering to the static. This way, you will have a cleaner stamped image.
5. Heat Application
When heat embossing, you need to ensure that your heat application is steady so that the embossing powder can melt evenly. You can use a variety of different heating tools like an embossing gun, a paint stripping gun, an electric hot plate and more. Make sure to take extra care and wave your tool over the stamped area carefully. Observe the embossing powder- it should melt to create a glistening shiny texture. Make sure to do so in gradual areas- when the embossing powder is sufficiently heated, there should be a colour change in the area. This is your cue to move on to the next region. A little distance between your stamped material and the heating tool is ideal, to prevent the material from accidentally catching fire.