Christina CrawfordWith over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!
Christina Crawford: I am Christina Crawford and this segment is on heat embossing. As opposed to dry embossing, this we need a heating tool for. Some of the other things that you need before you get ready to do heat embossing, are powder pall, so you can put the excess powder in here, youll be using embossing powder too. If you dont have one around, you can use a paper plate, sometimes a piece paper just to funnel that powder into the container, after you are finished using it.
Another thing that you might need is a Versamark inkpad, which you can get at your local craft store and a pigment ink that also works. There are two different kinds of embossing methods that Im going to show you right now and so youll see the difference there. The first one, were going to do the Versamark pad. Before I get started, sometimes your hands are sweaty, therere some static in the room, so its nice to use an embossing buddy. A friend of mine uses an old dryer sheet, something that you can put on top of the paper, you can see the powder going everywhere just to get rid of that static electricity and the extra moisture. Then you take your Versamark inkpad and you select your image, whichever image you want to emboss that day that you get started and go ahead to make sure that that stamp is nice and juicy and youre going to stamp that right on the paper. Now, with the Versamark pads, you dont see an image, but there is a wet image there, which will hold the embossing powder. This is gold embossing powder and you can be very liberal when you shake that on. Cover up that whole image, make sure you do that and then top of the excess into your powder pall, or your paper plate. Tap it off a little bit too and youll see that image right there.
Now, I do recommend a heating tool to heat set this and youre going to say wow, once you see this come alive. Most people are very intimidated when it comes to a power tool with stamping, but this is very easy to use and once you start seeing the end result, youre going to start doing that heat embossing. Here is the gold, its just so elegant. This is my favorite way of embossing with the gold powder, its just so elegant. It looks like a metallic medallion. Another way that you can emboss, you dont want to forget to clean your stamp set before you put those away, is by using a pigment inkpad and this one is a bright pink passion and open that up, going to do the same thing. Take my piece of paper, make sure there is no static or moisture on that. So, let the stamp, make sure its nice and inked up and then stamp that image, again, no locking, even pressure. Now, this image because of the color will dry and you can just use that with basic stamping, but for right now I have this beautiful; its a glittery, ice clear embossing powder. Im shaking that everywhere on top of the image. Im going to tap off the excess on my powder pall or a paper plate. Its going to look pretty glittery, but you do have to heat this too or the embossing powder will dry and fall off. Its not going to be embossed at that point. Heat that up once again and I do recommend using great lighting, so you can really see your image and make sure that its being melted. Some people like to hold the heating tool underneath and thats really, entirely up to you. The heating tool is, for me the best method of heat embossing.
Now, once that image is dry you can go ahead and cut that out, use it to embellish your, beautiful cards or scrap on pages, for me the metallic are so impressive. Heres a beautiful sample with the silver embossing powder on a Christmas card. Heres another one where there is a white embossing powder and silver embossing powder. I made my parents anniversary party invitation; see how that emboss back kind of just makes everything look so special and elegant. This one here is made by a friend of mine and she embossed the whole background with page leaf. It gives it a beautiful raise texture and very easy to do and it is definitely a wow, and a lot of people start embossing, love embossing. Next, Im going to show you different ways of creating backgrounds.