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- Dalai Lama
Are you an artist looking to try a new art form? Or just someone who loves making craft items as a hobby? Well, have you heard of embossing? You might have seen embossed products in the art and handicraft shops, or even those embossed wall hangings and cards in people’s homes. You might have even considered but brushed off the idea of making embossed items yourself, because it seems so hard to do.
But no, you’re quite mistaken! Embossing has been done at homes since the olden days using a hand operated embossing machine on simple materials like paper and cardboard. So, you too can try your hand at embossing, from the comfort of your home. Before you do, here is some information about embossing and how to emboss.
What is Embossing?
Embossing is the process of impressing designs onto surfaces like cloth, paper, and metal. In this, the surface is pushed forward using different embossing tools and techniques, to give a raised effect to the design or image. This raised and dimensional effect gives a beautiful look to the surface and takes it to another level.
For what is Embossing used?
It can be used in many craft projects such as in scrapbooks, card-making, mixed media, flower making, among others. You can even emboss your own journals, files and folders!
What are the types of Embossing?
There are two ways of embossing surfaces – (1) heat or wet emboss and (2) dry emboss. Both require different embossing tools and techniques which give the desired results.
How to do Wet or Heat Embossing?
In this technique, a sticky ink is used to stamp onto a cardstock. Then some embossing powder is sprinkled on the sticky ink and this is heat-set with an embossing heat tool. The result you get is a shiny, raised image.
Heat embossing is a great way to add some dimensional details to your work. If done correctly and slowly, it will give the desired effects.
Tools required for heat embossing :
- Embossing heat gun
- Embossing powders
- Watermark ink refill
- Watermark stamp pad
How to do Dry Embossing?
In dry embossing, pressure is applied to the material to raise its surface and reveal a design. Mostly a die cutting and embossing machine is used in this process. These machines allow us to dry emboss with embossing dies, stencils and folders.
Tools required for dry embossing :
- Embossing stylus
- Plastic, cardboard or brass stencil
- Masking tape
- Cardstock or any other type of heavy paper
In both these methods of embossing, you can decorate your lovely designs with colours or embellishments. You can even paint your designs with acrylic, sprinkle some glitter or dust it with chalk to give it a nice added touch. Embossing is an elaborate yet easy form of art and craft, and by using these embossing tools and techniques, you can get really creative with your designs.