It's all here in Fran's Embossing Techniques from A to Z

Over the years we've received so many questions, explored so many techniques, and innovated so many wonderful powders, tools and embossing methods, that we've finally written a wonderful book on heat embossing. Fran has compiled dozens of techniques and projects so you can learn all the in's and out's of embossing inks, powders, enamels, surfaces and so much more.

Basic Heat Embossing

  • Stamp image with a slow drying ink such as Stampendous Boss Gloss™ Embossing Ink, Pigment Ink Pads, or VersaMark™ Ink.
  • Pour embossing powder over the wet impression. Powder will stick to wet areas.
  • Tap off excess powder onto a folded piece of scrap paper to use as a funnel to pour the powder back into the jar. Brush away specks of powder from around your impression using a small, dry paint brush.
  • Use an Embossing Heat Tool to melt powder evenly by moving heat over the top of the card until the powder melts and becomes shiny and dimensional.
    • Hold Heat Tool approximately 3 inches above card and keep it moving constantly.
    • Overheating may scorch paper or even cause it to catch fire.
    • Other heat sources such as an iron, or toaster oven will work but may not be as safe or easy to use.
    • Do not use any item for food preparation after it has been used for crafting.
    • Hair dryers are not hot enough and blow the powder off the project.
    • ALWAYS unplug heat tool when finished embossing.
NOTE: Sometimes powder will stick to unwanted areas of the card. This may be due to excessive static electricity or texture on the paper. To prevent this, it is helpful to dust the paper with some talcum powder first and brush it away with a soft brush. There are also commercial anti-static pouches available which work very well. Watch how on our Basic Embossing YouTube Video!

Painting with Powder - Melt Media

Create amazing backgrounds and scenes with this fabulous technique! These chipboard tiles are created on a heated surface for even, measured melting of powders.
  1. Apply VersaMark™ Watermark Ink Pad to most of the entire chipboard tile.
  2. Place non-stick craft mat on an electric pancake griddle or skillet set at about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Sprinkle a variety of colors of embossing powder in different areas of card stock panel with your fingers or a spoon.
  4. Allow each color to melt and blend with the adjacent colors.
  5. You can add additional details with more colors of embossing powder by using a VersaMark™ Pen.
  6. Adhere panel to card front or canvas.

Be sure to look for more of our Melt Media videos on our YouTube Channel. Our Scenic Selection 14-jar embossing powder kit is perfect for this technique.

Encrusted Jewel Technique

Fran’s Encrusted Jewel Technique creates a lovely Fran•táge look with a few simple steps.
  1. Emboss your image with Fran•táge Aged or Shabby Embossing Enamels. Heat from underneath for best effect.
  2. Sprinkle additional embossing powders/enamels on top, and add Shaved Ice, Fran•táge Mica, Glitters, or additional Embossing Powders, and allow to melt together. The embossing powder will adhere the glitters or micas firmly to your piece adding texture and visual interest.
  3. Use one of our Encrusted Jewel Technique Kits to enjoy a variety of powders and "glitters plus" on a single color scheme. Just spoon it on to your project and heat from underneath.

On our YouTube video Fran explains how the Encrusted Jewel Technique was developed and how the texture improves your Fran•táge projects.

Antique Embossing

Antique Embossing is a technique which simulates an aged, embossed metal surface using rubber stamping materials.
  1. Start off with a black surface, or paint the desired surface with black matte acrylic paint. Allow to dry completely.
  2. Stamp and emboss your image with clear embossing ink and Deep Impression™ Chunky Clear embossing enamel. This powder has a large granulation for a deep relief.
  3. Paint over entire surface with any color of acrylic paint. Allow to dry partially but not completely.
  4. Gently scrub away paint with a slightly damp, terrycloth textured cloth to reveal the embossed image. The rougher the cloth, the better.
  5. Leave some areas only partially scrubbed for a more aged look.

This YouTube video demonstrates this wonderful, shabby-chic technique.

Creating Texture using Deep Impressions Chunky Clear Embossing Enamel

Get amazing 3D texture by layering coats of embossing powder and pressing a texture cube or other image into it.
  1. Cover surface with VersaMark or other embossing ink.
  2. Apply a thick layer of Deep Impressions Clear Enamel and heat until set.
  3. Repeat once more with your choice of colored embossing powders.
  4. Heat until melted and surface of powder is molten and moving freely.
  5. Quickly press inked rubber stamp into the molten powder and allow it to remain there until cool. Stamp will pop out of the powder easily when it's cool enough.

You now have texture on a once flat surface.

Puddle Painting Variation - Working on a craft sheet on an electric griddle or skillet, keep any excess powder from project and use as "puddles" to drop into melting powder above, creating shapes such as waves, flowers, mountains and more.