Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Discovering Heat Embossing Using Stamps

My "Around the World" ATCs, made by collaging vintage images from The Graphics Fairy http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/of maps and methods of travel in Photoshop, looked a little boring. I needed to do something to make them a little different. I remembered that I had purchased some white embossing powder about five years ago, and tried it once--unsuccessfully. I decided to give it another go, and tested it with a few different stamps on various scraps of paper.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the small white grains rise, melt, and turn into a shiny white image. I tested all kinds of stamps, and finally settled on some Chinese characters; I used the symbols for Joy and for Fortunate. Anyone who can travel around the world is certainly fortunate, and would probably be filled with joy, so it seemed appropriate. The directions [which I never bothered to read when I bought the embossing powder] said to use slow drying ink. I don't know what that is, so I used a commercial stamp in yellow and quickly covered it with powder before it could dry. I then zapped it with my heat gun. I got a nice shiny white raised surface, which completely covered the yellow stamp.
I added some watercolor pencils and splattered gold paint to age the ATCs, then finished them with a little modge podge for shine. The embossing powder is a great discovery--when I try overprinting with white on bright colors, it looks wishy-washy. Even using white screen printing ink over a dark color looks a little blah. My next step is to try the embossing powder on fabric, on painted tyvek, and to find the slow drying ink...plus shop around for some more colors of the magical embossing powder.


Judith Tetley said...

Your ATC's for Around The World are just beautiful Linda....the embossing added a perfect touch!
Kind Regards

Edzellinni said...

Thanks Judith :-)
It is always so much fun to discover a new techique or material.

Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from Graphics Fairy. I needed the shove to create some ATC's. I have about twenty sketched out in my art journal waiting for me to decided what to do. Love the idea of embossing powder, but have not mastered it. I keep blowing away the powder - thanks to you I know why -WET ink! Thanks! I am becoming a follower.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Laurel Stephens said...

These are so interesting and just gorgeous! You're so talented!