Lindy’s Embossing Powder 101 (How to Emboss)

There are sooo many ways to use Lindy’s Embossing Powders that we had to give them their own post!   So here are all our best tips, ideas and techniques from the Lindy’s girls and our amazing Design Team.  Prepare to have your biggest questions about embossing with Lindy’s answered all in one post….

How to Emboss

Step one of embossing is to either stamp an image with a clear sticky ink – we love Versamark Watermark ink for this, just make sure your ink pad is nice and juicy.   Pour the embossing powder (Lindy’s of course) over your stamped image and gently tap off the excess and put it back in the jar and then heat the surface of your embossing powder with an embossing heat tool aka heat gun.  As the embossing powder melts it will begin to look shiny.  If you find you are having trouble with your powder blowing away – your ink pad might be a bit too dry!  You can also try heating the powder from the bottom if this is an issue.  Psst – did you know you can use this same technique to emboss OTHER things, not just paper!  Kerry can show you how to Emboss on a rock or pebble!

Here is our gorgeous DT member Cindy Wile to show you step by step how to emboss a stamped image.

Embossing Chipboard

Step one of embossing chipboard is to coat the surface (eg Chipboard die cut) with a clear sticky ink – we love Versamark Watermark ink for this, just make sure your ink pad is nice and juicy.   Pour the embossing powder over your inky chipboard – gently tap off the excess and put it back in the jar and then heat your surface with an embossing tool.  As the embossing powder melts it will begin to look shiny, you can see in Valerie’s photo the areas that are ‘cooked’ they are nice and shiny and the embossing powder that still needs to be heated.

For perfect coverage over chipboard use more than one layer of embossing powder, melting between each layer until you are happy, especially important if you are using pale colors.

Embossing Metal Embellishments

Thanks to Valerie for this beautiful photo showing Lindy’s Embossing Powders over a metal embellishment.  Add Black embossing powder as a base and then sprinkle both gold and green over the top – just on the edges or scattered over the surface) for a stunning verdigris effect.

Gettin’ Fancy with Multiple Colors!!

Multi-Color Layers

You have to love how versatile embossing powders are!  If you want to get a little bit fancy – why not try adding one full color of embossing powder and then just sprinkle over a tiny amount of a second color while the first is still hot!  You can get amazing effects like Sivan has created with this idea!

Ombre Effects

You know our Designers love to play with awesome ideas and techniques and Ombre embossing is one of their favorites and with good reason, it looks amazing!  All you need is three or four colors of Lindy’s Embossing powder and you can create something really special!  This water-themed ombre from Caroline is one of our favorites along with Cindy’s Ombre embossed background!

Tips for Getting the Best Results with Lindy’s Embossing Powder

Every now and then we need a little help to get a great result with embossing powders – they can be tricky little beasties!  If you are having trouble try these great tips for a perfect result:

  1. Make sure your ink pad is nice and juicy – reink it if you need to.
    Phoebe uses glycerine to embossing chipboard (or to make stain like effect) as it’s easy and very inexpensive!
  2. Wipe your paper with anti-static powder before adding embossing powder.
  3. Use an embossing tool (heat gun) with multiple setting s and set it on low – your powder will blow around less then!
  4. Heat your design or item from the bottom so the powder melts gently without being blown off the project
  5. Use more than one layer of powder for perfect coverage and add a layer of thick enamel for extra gloss
  6. Cover your metal embellishments with clear gesso before using embossing powder for better coverage

Please leave YOUR tips and ideas in the comments, we love to hear from you – also let us know if you want MORE posts with tips, tricks and How To’s  oxoxo


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