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Different Embossing Techniques

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Embossing basically means to create a raised effect of some image, design, pattern or letter.  There are different embossing techniques in cardmaking and scrapbooking and here are the two different techniques which I will discuss:

Wet Embossing

Wet Embossing uses the technique of stamping an image with rubber stamp and inks, cover the stamped image with embossing powder and setting the powder with the use of heat gun.

Other methods include using glue pen or embossing markers to create your own image, instead of using rubber stamp and ink pad.  This way, you can create your own calligraphy and designs.  Although different method used, the same applies that you will need to apply embossing powder and set it with a heat gun.

*** NOTE *** Please do not substitute heat gun with hair dryer, as it will just blow off all the embossing powder.  🙂

Heat Gun

Heat Gun

Embossing Powder

Embossing Powder

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Dry Embossing

This method uses a simple tool called a stylus and the technique is to use the stylus to trace round a stencil from the back of a piece of paper.  The stylus basically pushes the paper inwards from the back, making the front of the paper to be raised according to the stencil’s designs.  This is a simple and inexpensive.

Since this method requires you to work on the back of the paper, with the front of the paper facing downwards on the stencil, the challenge is not being able to know exactly where the embossed image will appear since you can only see the back of the paper.  However, you can get a light box so that you can work on it while the light will give you a clear view of where you will be doing the embossing.

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Light Box

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