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General Techniques

by Designer Julie Zippel

Embossing on Metal, Metallic crafting sheets, or flattened soft drink cans with embossing powders. This tip also includes dry embossing metal without an embossing folder:

Rub static free bag generously over metal sheet. Stamp image onto metal after inking with Versamark or other pigment ink. Sprinkle on the embossing powder. Embossing powder will melt quickly on the metal, so watch for the change and move heat tool to another area to avoid burning the powder. Also remember the metal itself will heat up quite a bit. It's safer to hold the metal with tweezers, tongs or wooden “toaster tongs” instead of delicate fingers while the piece is heating. There's nothing quite like metallic surfaces with embossing powders. The results are amazing and can completely change a project instead of using "flat" inks. Embossing powders are acid-free and permanent.

To dry emboss on metal, cut metal to size. Stamp as desired, using Staz-On ink, and allow ink to dry. Place stamped piece onto fun foam or other soft surface as opposed to hard surface. Using an embossing stylus, trace around the stamped images, or directly on top, depending on the finished appearance desired.

To see an example of Julie's embossed metal techniques, please click on her cards below.



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