Which ink is best for heat embossing your handmade cards and other papercrafting projects? There are two approaches with Stampin' Up!, and both achieve excellent results.
1. VersaMark + Colored Embossing Powder
VersaMark is a versatile "ink" that can be used for stamping to create a watermark look,but it does double duty as it is also an essential ingredient for heat embossing with colored embossing powders. The Versamark ink is rather sticky, and that is what you need to hold your embossing powder in place so that you can heat it and set it.
So you can purchase just one VersaMark Pad (102283) and get a lot of different looks by simply changing the embossing powders you use. This is the method I use for almost all my embossing.
Here is a card I made using the Cherry Embossing Powder (122949). You can see the different results with our classic ink and heat embossing. The ornaments on the card below are heat embossed with the Cherry Embossing Powder and therefore are raised up, just like the lettering on a fancy business card. The little postage stamp is made with a Classic Stampin' Pad.
2. Craft Stampin' Pad + Clear Embossing Powder
The other method of heat embossing is to use a Craft Stampin' Pad in any color and then add Clear Embossing Powder. This method allows you to, literally, heat emboss in any color. The nice thing about this is you just buy one embossing powder. This is particularly cost-effective if you purchase the Craft Stampin' Spots as you get an entire set of 10 (a whole color collection) for just $19.95. Clear Embossing Powder (109130) is just $4.75. So for less than $25, you can heat emboss (and stamp!) in 10 colors!
Whichever way you choose, get in on heat embossing to add depth and texture to your paper crafting projects. Call me at 210-355-5729 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org today and I'll help you get started.