Heat Emboss Lettering in Four Simple Steps. Learn how to emboss your lettering with just a few tools and four simple steps.
Heat Emboss Lettering in Four Simple Steps
If you’re like me, anything new can seem awful intimidating to learn. Embossing was one of those things for me. But it’s actually super, duper easy!
Basic Heat Embossing Supplies
These are the main supplies you’ll need to emboss your lettering.
- Embossing Markers (I have this set of brush and bullet nib markers)
- Embossing Powder (I love Ranger and Hero Arts Powders)
- Heat Tool (I have this one)
- A surface to emboss (paper, notebook cover, etc)
Embossing in Four Simple Steps
- Write out a word or phrase with an embossing ink marker.
- Cover it with embossing powder while the ink is still wet.
- Shake/tap off excess powder. I shake mine onto scrap paper, as shown below, so I can fold the paper and slide the excess back into its original container.
- Heat with a heat tool until embossing effect happens!
Pretty easy, right?
You’ll definitely be able to tell when the embossing magic starts to happen during the heating step.
Emboss Like a Boss
To make your embossing work look it’s best, use a surface prepping tool like the Inkadinkado Embossing Magic to keep stray embossing powder from ruining your project. You just rub the Embossing Magic tool over the surface to be embossed before stamping. Then, emboss as usual.
Tip: A reader told me she uses a sock filled with cornstarch for this step in a pinch!
You can see in the photo below, I skipped this prepping step and my paper looks kinda dirty.
Noteworthy Tips for the Best Results
- If there are any “holey” areas in your embossing, you can go right over it with more embossing ink and powder.
- You can watercolor over embossed letters and they’ll still show through, as shown below on the bottom page of my journal.
- You can do multiple colors by doing one color at a time, as shown on the top page of my journal below.
- Clip or tape your paper to your working surface to keep it from wrinkling up when you apply the heat.