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Embossing Powders, Inks & Pens

Embossed elements are created by stamping or drawing images onto card stock or paper with heat-embossing-friendly ink, then covering the inked area with special powder that melts when heat is applied with a heat gun or heat tool

1) Embossing Powder

There's a many brands & types of Embossing powders. Shiny, matte, distress, antique... the list goes on and on! The basic premise of embossing powder is that it's really fine ground up plastic bits that you're going to put where you want with the help of some glue and then give a shot of the ole' heat gun to melt the plastic. The cool thing about embossing powder is that the cheap stuff works just as well as the expensive stuff, and honestly after you've picked up about 10 basic colors you're good to go on about any basic project.
Types of Embossing Powder:
There's three basic types of embossing powder: Extra Fine, regular, and Ultra Thick. If the jar doesn't say extra fine or ultra thick, chances are it's just the regular. Regular embossing powder is good for most everything- I find that I can use most regular grinds on fine detail and not have an issue with a loss in clarity. Extra Fine embossing powder is GREAT for really fine detail stamps, but I only bust it out every now and then. After you use all the powders that you have a few times, you'll get to know which ones are ground a little finer than the others and therefore are OK to use with finer detail stamps. Ultra Thick embossing powder (A.K.A. UTEE) is new and different. It's not really meant to be used with stamps, although it can be if it's a REALLY big and chunky stamp. Rather, UTEE is more of a sculpting medium in and of itself.
What embossing powder should I buy for the first time?
Starting with black, gold, and silver is a good place to begin. Those three colors will get you through 80% of your projects, and if you decide embossing is not for you the initial cost of product isn't very much at all.

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