I’m Back!! Rich’s surgery went well and he’s finally been released to edit videos again!! Below you’ll find all of the instructions and products used.
I made my own anti-static pouch by using corn starch and putting it inside two knee highs placed inside each other (after filling the first with about one-two tablespoons of corn starch)..I then knotted them as close to the top of the corn starch as possible, and then cutting off the excess knee highs and discarding them. You can use either corn starch or baby powder, both will work.
The second is and EK Success embossing powder tool and here’s a link to it at Amazon. https://tinyurl.com/t2zn3ya But, I always recommend that you price shop elsewhere so you get the lowest price. This is the only powder that smells…I think it smells like baby powder..
Brutus Monroe Magic Powder Bag link: https://tinyurl.com/y57y7bzk
Michaels Recollections Anti Static Pouch link: https://tinyurl.com/scxv276 (make sure you use a coupon at Michaels)
There are other brands, but I did try to give you a fair comparison.
I used a stamp from Brutus Monroe called Bite Me, link: https://tinyurl.com/y5o9gv97
Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink link: https://tinyurl.com/y4n9n4lh
Michaels Recollections Heavyweight Cardstock (white and black) link: https://tinyurl.com/qpuoowl
Sparkle N Sprinkle Black fine detail embossing powder (now called Glitters Galore) link: https://tinyurl.com/t59zamp
After using the black fine detail embossing powder on white cardstock, the only tool that didn’t seem to work was the EK Success tool. It seems to splatter the powder, even after I started heat setting from beneath the paper.
I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle embossing powder that I thought was their white….it was not..It’s their clear (and the name leads the average person to believe that, but not me…) Geez!! I left this comparison in, even though there isn’t much to compare. At the bottom of this information, you’ll see how I recommend you using clear embossing powder for everything (except silver, gold and copper, as I think they still look best using those colors of embossing powder.)
Nuvo Fine Detail white embossing powder link: https://tinyurl.com/r76rq9g
White embossing powder on black paper…None performed well…all seemed to have similar results.. I decided to try again using Versamark Ink which is the ink normally used for embossing. link: https://tinyurl.com/rnyrmku
Using Versamark with white embossing powder, the Recollections pouch and my homemade pouch seemed to work the best with Versamark.
I was asked about dust and if the tools create much dust...I pounced each tool aggressively on the black paper and I definitely saw dust with the Brutus Monroe pouch and the others I’ll leave to your judgement…
As an fyi, when you use a stamp with a fine line image, the best product should be a fine detail embossing powder, otherwise you’ll get thicker lines (which you don’t want.) You should also use a fine detail embossing powder when working with sentiment stamps, as the letters should be crisp using a fine detailed product.
If you use a stamp with a more filled-in image, I’d recommend using regular embossing powder…..but for me, what I prefer to use for best results, is to use an ink that is the ink color I want the end color to be and then use clear embossing powder over it to make it look like you embossed with that color. You can do this a number of ways…
1. Use a pigment ink or distress oxide ink that stays wet longer and then you can add your clear embossing powder directly onto the ink and then heat set it.
2. Using a MISTI, stamp with any dye based ink in the color you choose, then stamp again with your embossing ink, and then add clear embossing powder.
3. If you are super fast, you can sometimes stamp with a dye based ink and immediately put clear embossing powder over it. If you’ve done it quickly, the powder will adhere, and if you are too slow, the embossing powder will fall right back off and you’ll need to try something else.
4. If you don’t have a MISTI, but have a Stamp a ma jig, link: https://tinyurl.com/rj7vekw, you can stamp with your colored dye based ink and then holding the tool to make sure you stamp in the exact same spot, use your Versamark or embossing ink, and stamp over the same image, then use clear embossing powder over it..