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12 Jun 2017

Rubber Stamping with 5 Advanced Heat Embossing Techniques

Embossing is a finishing effect a lot of people opt for when it comes to adding special touches to their rubber stamped images. The practice requires some experimentation and testing but once the basics are remembered, embossing can be quite simple to pull off, with extremely beautiful end results. If you enjoy embossing, then here are five other embossing techniques you can combine together with your rubber stamps:

  1. Resist Embossing
    This embossing method (also known as Joseph’s Coat) involves a technique that relies heavily on layering colour. Using your rubber stamps, create the image and heat emboss. Allow the image to cool and then apply ink or marker over the embossed image with either a brayer or sponge. Make sure to remove excess ink with gentle wiping. Now using clear embossing powder, stamp on the coloured stamped image again and heat emboss.

  2. Double Embossing
    Just like the name suggests, double embossing is a technique that requires embossing twice. Using your rubber stamps, stamp your design and heat emboss the design once. After doing so, you can take the opportunity to apply colour to the design using other colouring materials like markers, chalk ink or other form of ink. Heat embossing once is a good measure to prevent smudging so you can safely colour. Let the colour dry before you brush clear embossing ink or embossing powder against the coloured areas and heat emboss once more.

  3. Rainbow Embossing
    Rainbow embossing is an embossing technique that relies on 2 or more powders for heat embossing. It requires great attention to detail so make sure to do this colour by colour and shake or brush off excess powder whenever necessary. Do this while the stamped image is still wet and fill the designated areas with the appropriate colours. Once you are done with that, you will be able to heat emboss your stamped design all in one go to create a rainbow effect.

  4. Clear Embossing
    Recommended for richly coloured materials, this is an interesting embossing technique to use with rubber stamps. Create your design with your rubber stamps and use clear embossing ink to stamp over the image. Then, make use of clear embossing powder over the clear embossing ink and heat emboss it. This will form a clear outline on your embossed image.

  5. Over Embossing
    Much like the previous embossing technique, over embossing requires embossing over the previously embossed image. But in this case, over embossing needs gradual build up and the user can repeat the steps as many times as they require. Make sure to stamp and colour your image before stamping with clear enamel embossing powder and repeating the steps until there is a built up of a lacquer-like surface.

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