Embossing in its simplest form is the act of decorating an item with a raised design. An impression is created; this could be lettering or some kind of pattern that stands out (literally) from the background design. You can also deboss, where the design is sunken instead of raised. There are many uses for embossing both aesthetic and practical. Paper can be embossed to embellish greetings cards, artwork or headed paper where a more luxurious or professional feel is sought. As well as headed paper, many businesses also emboss business cards, compliments slips, diaries and envelopes. Fabric can also be embossed to create beautifully striking clothing or furnishings. Bank cards are generally always embossed with the user’s card number and account and name. A lot of old style book covers are embossed with the title, a practice which seems to have come back in vogue in recent years. Embossed seals would be used to secure letters as well as to convey the legitimacy of documents in centuries gone by.
Embossing is something that any crafter with the right materials can have a go at. There are a number of methods for both embossing and debossing with two of the most popular listed below. Embossing with PowderFor this method you will need a heat tool, a selection of embossing powders, a slow drying pigment ink/embossing ink and a stamp.
- Ink your stamp.
- Stamp your paper making sure that you press down evenly and firmly.
- Sprinkle your embossing powder over your stamped image making sure you get even coverage.
- Shake off the excess powder; some will stick to your stamped design.
- Turn on your heat gun and holding it a few inches away, heat your design until the powder produces a raised design.
Embossing with a Machine For this method you will need a die cutting machine. These machines will come with embossing folders or embossing plates. You simply pop your paper between the plates or within the folder and run it through your machine.
Dry Embossing Dry embossing is normally done with an embossing stylus. These tend to have a larger ball on one end and a smaller ball on the other. You can either trace over an image or use a stencil to emboss your card/paper. Give this method a try with foil paper as it looks fantastic! For tips and techniques have a look at the videos below: