Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Don't Make my Embossing Mistake

I love the look of embossing! Heat embossing especially. Now, I mostly use clear embossing powder because of the versatility:
  1. With pigment ink, my embossing color is chosen by ink color. And I have a big collection of pigment ink.
  2. With versamark ink the embossing color is the same as the background paper, another way to save.
  3. Again with versamark you can create a resist for inking or using those wonderful glimmer mists.

Now for my mistake:
This is a great tool ..
unless... you use different colors of embossing powder like clear, white and BLACK and don't wash it between colors. I'm not a complete slob, I mean, I wipe it out but that powder just sticks to every stinking surface, up the sides and especially at the spout. My scrap space is in the basement so I avoid running up the stairs at all costs.

This is what you get when you don't wash out the tray
The clear embossing powder jar on the left is brand spankin new and the right one is my mistake.

So why did I buy a new jar when I still had some left? you ask? Well, I used the clear embossing powder with versamark on a dry embossed white cardstock and was wondering why it looked "muddy" when I was done. Thankfully I was using this technique as a resist so it didn't stand out like a neon light, once I sprayed glimmer mist over it. Here's the card I made, you can't really tell, because like a good scrapper, I covered my oops with an embellie (the flower)

See how the white on the left side isn't quite white white?
So my solution is to only use the tray for black embossing powder and use these little plastic containers (that The Angel Company Stamps come in) and keep the powder ready to use. And I labeled each one so I don't confuse white and clear embossing powder.


  1. Love your new blog and thanks for the great tip! Like you my space is on a floor without access to water so I don't get my handy blue tray clean either!

  2. This is so cute Bev..I have a family blog..it is cute, you can go to my siggy and I have it in there, it's called Grandma Sadler's Place.. This is so brave of you. I love your tip and your pic's are spot on!!!

    *hugs* Quay


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