A New Way to Use Embossing Powders–So Much Fun!!!!

I wanted to share a new and different way to use embossing powders. I saw someone do this and unfortunately, i can’t remember who…

I took a 5 x 7″ picture frame with a matt inside and removed the matt . I added a piece of cardstock behind the matt and taped it in place, then took a blending brush with Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber in the center, then Carved Pumpkin around the center and then Wilted Violet around the outside. I ended up blending the purple into the other two colors as it looked a lot more spooky once I did that. I stamped some bats into the center portion and then decided I didn’t like them, so flipped my center paper over and blended the same colors again.

I used an old Impression Obsession background stamp called Spider Web, and, after drying the matt layer well with my heat tool and rubbing my embossing pouch over the matt, used Distress Embossing Ink and stamped around the entire edge with the spider design. I used Stampendous Black Embossing Powder and heat set it. I used an old Stampin’ Up spider stamp and stamped a few around the matt layer and then added the same black embossing powder and heat set them as well.

To emboss on glass, you need to clean the glass well with rubbing alcohol so it doesn’t have any prints on it or any lotion or grease…You also need to make sure you rub your embossing pouch with either baby powder or corn starch in it over the surface you’ll be stamping.

I removed the glass from the picture frame and laid it on a baby bib so I could clean it well (using 70% rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth) and use the bib as a cushion for when I did the stamping. Use your embossing pouch to rub all over the glass where you’ll be stamping. You need to be able to stamp cleanly the first time, and the baby bib allows you to press on the glass firmly, to get a good impression. I recommend for this technique that you use images that have a lot of filled in space, as the embossing powder really highlights this type of stamp well and it allows the image to cover the glass more completely.

I used the same Distress Ink Embossing Ink to stamp on the glass. Hold the stamp firmly and once it touches the glass, be careful not to let it slide on the glass. If it does slide a lot, re-clean the glass, dry it and use your embossing pouch on it again before trying to stamp it a second time. Then once you like your image, cover it with embossing powder and heat set it. I realize the video looks like it took no time to heat set, when in actuality, it takes much longer to heat set embossing powder on glass than it does on paper. You need to hold the heat tool as close as possible to the image, and wait for the glass to heat up, as the powder doesn’t melt until the glass is really warm. Be patient, and when the image turns shiny, move to a new area. I’m sorry the video wasn’t clear about how long it takes to heat set.

I added a scary bird and a large bat, as well as a Halloween sentiment above my original image, and used the same process to do so. The only difference is when you are dumping off the excess embossing powder, be sure to dump away from the images you’ve already heat set, as the powder may stick to them and make it almost impossible to remove without damaging the image.

Wait for the images and glass to cool before proceeding to put the frame together. I think this would be a great technique to use for Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving, Easter, basically any holiday….but it’s especially fun for Halloween. I hope you enjoyed the video.

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