DIY: Embossing

When I embarked on a scouting mission for my wedding invitations, the employees at PaperSource convinced me to do my own embossing. It's easy, fairly cheap and it adds a unique touch to any DIY project. Today, I'm going to walk you through the steps to do it yourself. What you'll need: Heating tool (I use this one from PaperSource), embossing powder, stamp, clear ink stamp pad and paper or other surface that you will be applying the stamp.

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To start, apply your stamp to the ink pad. Press down firmly to ensure the ink distributes evenly on the stamp. Then, apply the stamp to your surface using the same pressure.

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Check to make sure the ink was distributed properly and that the stamp looks okay. It will be faint, but you'll be able to see it. Then, while the stamp is still wet, cover it completely with the embossing powder. Don't be afraid to be generous - you want to make sure to cover every inch. Only a small amount of the powder will stick and you'll be able to use the rest, so it won't go to waste. I've done about 30 of these and I've barely put a dent in my embossing powder. It lasts forever!

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Shake off the excess powder onto a sheet of paper until you are left with just the powder that stuck to your stamp. You can return the excess powder to the jar. Next, turn on your heating tool and hold it an inch or two above your stamp. In a couple seconds, you will see the powder begin to melt.

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Move your heating tool around slightly to melt the entire stamp. Be careful - these tiny tools get hot! Once the entire stamp is melted, turn off your heating tool and let the stamp cool for a couple seconds. If you have more stamps, you can repeat the process. In this case, I'm using our initials for our wedding invitations. When you're finished, you'll have a smooth, raised stamp. Congratulations, you've just learned how to emboss!

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Here is a sneak peek at the enclosure for our invitations. I mounted the heart onto a trifold kraft paper enclosure, then wrapped it in gold accented baker's twine. Unknown-2

Thanks for tuning in to my first DIY post! Until next time...

xo Court