Do you ever find yourself searching the entire internet for something in your head but come up short handed? Sometimes it’s just easier to make something yourself instead of searching and searching for the perfect product. We’ve been embossing our own products for years, but we wanted to take it a step further and found a way so that every person can join in on the fun.

We gathered some office employees to put embossing to the test. We had the journals we just needed to get a few supplies to see what all the hype was about. We gathered a good bunch of people to test how well embossing would go as a DIY project. Everyone from your experienced crafter to others that aren’t so much.

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What You Need:

A Samsill Journal

Embossing Ink Pen &/or Embossing Ink Pad

Embossing Ink Powder

Embossing Heat Tool

 

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Tip: If you’ve never embossed before, grab a piece of paper (cardstock or heavier paper works best) or something you don’t mind “destroying” and practice on it first.

Step 1: Take your pen or stamp and figure out your design.

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Step 2. Sprinkle glitter over the wet area.

Step 3: Take a Q-tip or paint brush and brush around the details to get access glitter off. If using the clear stamp, you may need to add details with a pen tip.

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**Every piece of glitter left on your journal will emboss into it after heating. So, make sure that your area is how you want it before applying heat.

Step 4: Glitter that was shaken off pour back into the container.

Step 5. Take the embossing gun and hover over the glitter area. You will see the transformation. The glitter will “change color”. The embossing powder will melt and look shiny. This will dry immediately.

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Do not hold the embossing gun too close or too long over the journal. If you do you could “burn” the journal.

Takeaways…

*If you don’t like your design, erase it. Everything will come off easily. This may go without saying, but once you use the embossing gun your project is permanent.

*Can’t seem to free draw/write what you want and don’t have a stamp? Print out your design on a regular sheet of paper and trace over it with an embossing pen. Then use your sheet of paper like a stamp. This should create a decent outline of the design so that you can emboss it. You can see from this example below.

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*You can add multiple colors to a design. For example, you designed a heart but you want to fill in your heart with a different color. Go through all the steps for the outline (including heat) and then go through all the steps again for adding a different color.

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Memorable Quote…. “Honey what was our wedding date?”- Barbie

That’s it! This project was really fun and super easy! Go ahead and give it a try. This is perfect for holiday gift giving to make something personalized without the cost. Here are more pictures from our craft class. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for a daily update on what we are up to.

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“I should have put an excel spreadsheet on mine…” – Belinda

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