Want a guide to heat embossing? Then you have come to the right place because at Sizzix we LOVE embossing! In this blog we’ll discuss all the know-hows, tips and tricks you'll need! So, without further ado let’s look at some commonly asked questions …

embossing powders
What is the process of heat embossing?

It's a way of creating texture in your makes! This is specific as it adds texture to the top of your surface, rather than moulding into your material like regular embossing folders.
Using embossing powders and heat, you can add depth and dimension to your designs, whether that be to enhance some hand lettering or to decorate a handmade invitation!

What do you need for embossing?

The magic of heat embossing means you only need a little to get a lot!
Here is your starter kit

Embossing Ink Pad
Embossing Powder
Heat Tool

Then, it’s up to you! It adds a vibrant burst of life into a variety of papercrafts, and pairs perfectly with the colorful collection of cardstock available at Sizzix! At Sizzix we have a multitude of accessories to help you, for instance, the Sizzix Funnel Tray, Maker's Tape, Foam Tape and Curved Fine-Tip Tweezer!

heat tool
Do you have to heat embossing powder?

Yes! Heat is an essential part of the process! It activates the embossing powder effects, whether that be to shine, mattify or gloss. Having a heat tool is key for any keen crafter's tool-kit! The Sizzix Heat Tool has a dual speed setting, with the higher setting being used for heat embossing whilst the lower helps to set paints, inks and glues reducing your drying time!

What materials and surfaces can you emboss on?

It works on various surfaces! Flat surfaces are a great way to start, whether on card, paper or notebooks, heat embossing offers a great way for enhancing your delightful designs! Our embossing powder is perfect for papercrafts especially paired with our cardstock collection. This technique also works perfectly to customize glasses and mugs as a personal gift!

What is clear embossing powder used for?

Clear embossing powder works just the same! It can be used to create a different level of depth and style to your crafts. Using on top of watercolors, paint and a multitude of different basis, you can transform your crafts into something new! The Sizzix Crystal Clear Gloss Embossing Powder works perfectly for a stunning iridescent finish!

heat embossing process
How long do you heat embossing powder?

Heating up the embossing powder is an easy process and this is where the magic happens! Slowly move your heat tool around in a circular motion and watch as the desired effect is unveiled. This will leave you with a shiny, glossy or matte finish! Check out this step-by-step guide on How to Use the Heat Tool & Embossing Powders!

What is the difference between glitter and embossing powder / Can glitter be used as an embossing powder?

Embossing powder and glitter both have a similar job, but the difference is in their material! In other words, glitter shines on its own without the need for heat, but embossing powder relies on heat to create the desired effect! Both are a staple to any crafters tool-kit, so stock up now at Sizzix!


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