I have a 13 year-old niece. Over the summer she is moving to a new state, and leaving all of her friends behind. Having gone through something similar recently, I decided to send her a stationary kit. My kit included 10 pieces of stationary and 20 envelopes. I wrote her a little card telling her to address some of the envelopes to herself and to have her friends address the other envelopes to themselves. I told her to give the envelopes with her new address to her friends so they could start to write to her. Today I’m going to show you how I made her personalized stationary.
- Embossing stamp pad
- Rubber stamp
- Paper (I used cardstock)
- Embossing powder
- Heat gun
- Ink up your rubber stamp using the embossing ink. Some embossing ink is clear, but mine had a blue tint, which made everything a lot easier. Make sure that your stamp has a nice, even coating.
- Place the stamp on the paper wherever you want the image. I put my on the center top. It really just depends on the overall appearance that you want.
- Cover the ink on the paper with the embossing powder. Just dump a bunch on. Make sure the ink is totally covered.
- Tap the excess off and back into the bottle.
- Using a heat gun, heat the powder until it has a shiny sheen to it. (Just watch it. You’ll be able to tell when the powder has melted.)
- Let cool and you’re done!
Tips and Tricks
- I’ve been told that both a hot plate and a hair dryer work in place of the heat gun. There are also specific embossing heat tools you can buy. I have not tried any of these out, so I can’t say how well they work.
- Be sure not to overheat. I did that on my first paper, and the paper started to brown on me.
- Don’t touch the embossing until it is completely dry. I did that and it both smudges your paper and kinda stings depending on how hot the powder still is.
- Have extras on hand. This was my first time embossing, and I made mistakes or wasn’t totally happy with each stamping.