Do you sometimes want an embossed image or sentiment to be a color other than black or white? Or silver or gold? Do you want the embossing to match the colors in your papercrafting project? Here are three ways to accomplish that:
- Stampin' Up! Craft inks are pigment inks. They are thicker and gooey-er (a highly technical term), and don't dry quickly like Classic Inks, which are water-based dye inks. Craft inks are wonderful for embossing, because embossing powder will stick to the gooey ink as long as you add the powder before it dries.
- Craft Inks are available as a set of Spots–1" square ink pads in all the colors of one of the Color Collections, i.e., Brights, Neutrals, Subtles, or Regals. They can be re-inked with Craft Ink Refills. You can also purchase uninked full-sized pads, and ink them with Refills.
- Technique: Stamp your image in the Craft Ink that coordinates with other parts of your project. Cover with Clear Embossing Powder, and melt with Heat Tool.
- Since Classic Inks aren't sticky enough to hold the embossing powder, you have to somehow make them gooey. You can accomplish this by combining Classic Inks with Versamark.
- Versamark is a very gooey, colorless "ink" that will hold embossing powder quite nicely. It will also give a nice "watermark" effect when used without embossing powder.
- First "ink" your stamp with Versamark, then before you stamp your project, apply Classic Ink on top of the Versamark. Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with Heat Tool. The results will be very similar to the Craft Ink technique.
- The Summer Mini Catalog includes a great new product: Colored embossing powders. They result in an image with color that is very bright and saturated. I tried to take a picture to show you the difference in the images, but the camera doesn't pick up the subtleties, and they all look alike.
- Available colors include Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, and Melon Mambo. These color coordinate with the Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper, which is also in the Summer Mini .
- Stamp your image with Versamark, then cover with colored embossing powder of your choice, and melt with Heat Tool.
With all of these options you might be asking yourself why you have limited your embossing color choices to the traditional black, white, silver, and gold. If you are ready to go wild with colors, just click on any of the above products to go directly to the page where they can be ordered. Or click here to go to my online Stampin' Up! Store.
If your fingers aren't inky, what are you waiting for? Happy Stamping,
aka The Mad Stamper