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April 27, 2011

Embossing Powder Technique Tutorial

This is an Embossing Powder Technique tutorial.  It's my preferred method for making embellishments for my scrapbook pages, cards, and many other paper crafts. 

Here are the products you will need:

There are specialty Embossing Stamp Pads that will work, also VersaMark Stamp pad or any Pigment Ink Pad, like the one in blue from Color Box.  You can find all these stamp pads and embossing powders at Joann's Fabrics and Crafts or any other craft store.
You will also need embossing powders like the ones in the picture below, they come in a variety of colors, and a craft heat tool:

The first step is to stamp your image using your stamp pad, which ever one you decide to use.
I used VersaMark and since it's clear, you can't really see it on the paper:
Next, pour embossing powder on top of your stamped image, I used silver powder:
Shake it off back in the bottle, a little goes a long way:
Once you tap off the excess, it will look like this:

Next, heat set it using your heat tool.  This will melt the wax particles in your Embossing Powder:
And finally, it will look like this:

You can use embossing powder to coat images and make them glossy.  Just cover the whole image with a clear embossing pad, like VersaMark, next pour clear embossing powder on top and heat set: see the difference:
You can also coat with a heavier Embossing Enamel called UTEE to give it a very thick coat.  This is what I use on my miniature book pendants to protect them from the elements: using the same technique as the Embossing Powders

this is the before UTEE
and the after, bear with me, I tried to find a picture that would show the thickness and the shine, it may not be the prettiest but it shows the technique better:
Thanks for coming by.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, come back soon.


  1. Great tutorial and love the mini book too. Hope you have a great day!

  2. You did a good job showing how to do it. Really cute.

  3. Now this I can do but the examples below taught me some other ideas - thank you. sandie



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