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Essential Scrapbook Technique: Create a Journaling Tag Using Heat Embossing and Emboss Resist

Certain scrapbook techniques are guaranteed to transform a layout from blah to beautiful. Heat embossing is such a technique. Learn how to emboss an accent to create a beautiful finish, like Lynn Ghahary did on the accent below. You'll also learn the technique of using emboss resist for added pizzazz.


"Flower journaling spot" by Lynn Ghahary, as seen in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

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Supplies Needed

* Stamp

* Embossing ink

* Patterned paper

* Ink refill

* Dry adhesive

* Embellishments

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Step-by-Step Instructions: Heat Emboss

1. Stamp image using embossing ink.

Hint: Before stamping, you may want to use an Embossing Buddy to help the embossing powder stick only to the inked area. The Embossing Buddy reduces static on the cardstock, so the powder sticks only to the ink. Simply rub the bag over the area of paper you will be embossing before you stamp. If you don't have an Embossing Buddy, you can also use a dryer sheet or sprinkle cornstarch on the cardstock to achieve a similar result.

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2. Sprinkle embossing powder over image. Remove excess powder.

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3. Heat powder using a heat tool. Let cool.

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Step-by-Step Instructions: Emboss Resist

To create an emboss-resist look, follow the three steps above, and then add these steps as well.

4. Add ink to a paintbrush. You may add a few drops of ink refill to a small bowl of water to dilute the color.

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5. Gently paint the image. (Note: You can also use other color mediums such as chalk, inkpads, or pens for this technique.) Wipe ink from the embossed area using a paper towel. The ink will not stick to the embossing powder. Let dry.

Tip: If your paper curled during painting, then wait until it has dried completely. Then turn it over and place it under a heavy object, such as a hardbound book, to flatten it.

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Find the Right Heat Gun for Your Scrapbooking Needs

If you are in the market for a new heat gun, check out "CK's Heat Gun Review" from Creating Keepsakes magazine.

--Dorathy Gilchrist, Creating Keepsakes associate editor


Comments

CATALINAP wrote re: Essential Scrapbook Technique: Create a Journaling Tag Using Heat Embossing and Emboss Resist
on Sunday, 21 November 2010, 10:36 PM

This is so great to do on some of mt flowers to give them a lift.thanks so much

Noreen @ Scrap-n-Country wrote re: Essential Scrapbook Technique: Create a Journaling Tag Using Heat Embossing and Emboss Resist
on Friday, 21 January 2011, 9:42 PM

Great look, I like the way the stamp had s "white space" border too, that makes it even more special.

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