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« on: November 23, 2010 02:18:12 PM »

Hi! I just got the Martha Stewart Embossing kit and started playing with it but no matter how long I heat it for the embossing powder won't stick to my paper. I tried several different kinds of paper but it still didn't work. Idon't have the heating tool they recommend but from what I've read on a couple of blogs a hair dryer is supposed to work. Thinking that it wasn't hot enough or maybe too hot, I tried every heat setting my hair dryer has and changed the distance from the paper several times but that didn't work either.
Could it be that this brand of embossing powder/ink needs the heating tool while others can be done with just a hair dryer?
Any ideas whats causing the problem? Does anyone have any similar experiences with this kit?
Thanks for your time!

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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2010 05:05:21 AM »

You need a proper heat gun tool. Hair dryer is just not hot enough.

When you get your heat tool turn it on, hold it away from your project for a couple of seconds. Then heat emboss only till you melt. Any more and you can start burning your paper.

I didn't want an embossing heat tool either when I started stamping. Trust me it's the best $20 you will ever spend.

You should stamp on glossy paper. Then coat your image thoroughly with the embossing powder. You can pour the excess back in the jar when your done. Make sure you do pour the excess back in. You want to see your image that your embossing.

There are some really great YouTube tutorials for embossing. SplitCoastStampers has great embossing resources.

I hope I helped out a little bit.

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011 05:39:42 PM »

I know this post is really old and the OP probably has already had their question answered but I wanted to throw in something for whoever else may check this.  For the. longest. time. I didn't have a heat gun.  I just got mine right before Christmas.  I have embossing powder that is literally 20 something years old.  When I first started embossing, I did it over a toaster.  The 'stick bread in the top slots' toaster, not toaster oven.  You don't stick the paper in or anything like that, you just waft your cleanly embossed image over the heat while the toaster slide is down, and it will emboss pretty quickly.  I only finally realized that a heat gun would get hot enough to emboss a few years ago, when it was referred to as an embossing gun.  Only then did I desire such a thing.  I thought it was for drying paint quicker, and other ink techniques, which it will do too, if you get a hi-lo heat gun.  I only got one just recently because I was making cards, and thought 'this toaster stuff is for the birds.  I'm tired of running to the kitchen every 2 minutes.'  I even packed a huge bin of craft stuff over to my friend's house for an all night craft session, and was toting my toaster with me.  At that point I knew I was being ridiculous living without the tool.  But if you are in the experimenting stage, try the toaster. 

And then you will probably think its so much fun that you will have to go get the embossing gun.   Wink

« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011 01:33:15 PM »

Thank you so much for your tip! I never thought of using a toaster as the heat source. I'll definitely give it a try since I haven't gotten around to getting a heat gun yet. Thanks again!

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2011 12:21:38 AM »

If you want to try an embossing heat gun before you buy, you could try your local Michaels store's Crop Night. The crop nights are only $5 to attend and usually there is at least one heat gun amongst the tools available. In addition there will be a scrapbooking instructor or crafty associate who can help you. The Crop Night day of the month varies by store.
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