June 4, 2008
Paper Crafts, Techniques and Mediums
This type of embossing creates a raised surface by heating embossing
powder on a surface like paper. It’s an elegant effect on
scrapbooking pages. Embossing powder comes in every color
of the rainbow including wonderful metallics like gold, silver and brass.
This type of embossing is archival as long as the embossing
or pigment ink you use is acid-free.
Rubberstamp: Any rubberstamp will do, but extremely detailed or etched stamps don’t emboss well.
Pigment Ink or Embossing Ink: This is a slow drying ink that will hold embossing powder until you are ready to heat it with a heat gun.
Embossing Powder: Looks like glitter, but this is a special powder that will melt and rise when heated.
Heat Gun: Gently blows very hot air that will melt embossing powder. Be careful not to touch any metal tips of heat guns.
Paper: Almost any type of paper is a good surface to wet emboss upon even vellum.
Paper Plate: Or other tool to catch excess power.
- Tap stamp on the embossing pad or on pigment ink. Make sure entire surface of the stamp is covered with the ink.
- Stamp image onto surface and immediately cover with embossing powder. Tap off excess onto a scrap piece of paper or paper plate and pour back into the powder container.
- Use your heat source to melt the embossing powder. The heat tool is used from the top of the design. All other heat sources will be placed under the surface. Thick surfaces will be difficult to emboss without a heat tool.
- The powder will go from a dull finish to a very glossy one signaling you that your embossing is done.
- You can overheat the embossing. If your embossed image is cracking use less time to heat. If your embossing is uneven or still powdery you need to apply more heat to melt.
June 4, 2008
Rubber Stamping, Techniques and Mediums
There are lots of options when selecting ink to rubberstamp or scrapbook.
Here are your choices and which inks work best on specific surfaces.
- Dye Ink: Water-based and solvent-based. Dye ink dries quickly and not to be used with embossing powders. Works well on coated papers and porous surfaces but tends to run or bleed on highly absorbent papers. Dye inks are transparent and will fade over time.
- Chalk or “Fresco” Ink: A dye ink that appears chalky when dry; must be heat set.
- Pigment Ink: Water-based and solvent-based. This ink is thicker than most dye inks. Very slow to dry and excellent for embossing. Works best on uncoated paper. Fade resistant and won’t fade if embossed. Pigment inks are opaque.
- Embossing Ink: Clear or slightly tinted. This ink is used specifically with embossing powders. It has the consistency of pigment ink.
- Fabric Inks: Designed to help create a permanent image on fabrics. Some fading may be experienced.
- Disappearing Inks: This ink is tinted with a pink or blue hue. The image is stamped as a guide or pattern, and then can be embellished. The ink will “disappear” when water is used to dampen the fabric or some disappearing inks fade out over time as the ink evaporates. The most common usage is on fabrics.
- Permanent Inks: Water-soluble or solvent-based. This ink dries by evaporation not by absorption like dye or pigment ink. Stamps must be cleaned immediately with solvent when using solvent-based permanent inks. Once dry this ink will not smear.
- Archival Quality Ink: Acid free and photo safe. This is the ink to use in memory albums and scrapbooks.
- Kid’s Inks: Made to be washable and non-toxic for extra safety when stamping with children.
- Other Inks: There are some other “inks” used in stamping. Acrylic paints formulated for the large foam or sponge stamps and labeled as stamp paint. Paint glazes can also be used for this type of sponge stamp.
||Best Type of Ink To Use
||Dye ink w/compatible sealer, solvent-based pigment ink w/compatible sealer or fabric ink
||Embossed pigment ink, glass paint/glaze, etched glass, permanent ink
||Treat like glass
||Any dye or pigment that meets the project needs
|Coated or Glossy Paper
||Dye ink or pigment ink (must be embossed to avoid smearing)
|Walls or Furniture
||Water-based fabric ink or stamping paint
||Dye or Pigment
||Fabric ink or fabric paint
||Dye or permanent
||Dye if light colored, pigment on darker color
June 4, 2008
Paper Crafts, Scrapbooking, Techniques and Mediums
Basic Tools You’ll Need Check List!
Plain and decorative acid-free papers
Photo albums, mini-scrapbooks, or journals
Circle or shape cutters
Acid-free inks and inkpads
Acid-free markers and pens
Templates and Stencils
Coloring Tools—pastels, chalks, watercolors, gel pens
Fibers, yarns or floss
Wire or metal
Memorabilia and ephemera