Thursday, February 19, 2009

DIY: Heat Embossing

I heard about heat embossing through various forms of wedding media.  This is the type of DIY task that I could handle! I made a trip to Stamp On In in Lincoln Park and bought my supplies:

  • heat gun

  • embossing powder

  • ink pad

  • stamps

The manager was kind enough to show me how to heat emboss. My husband and I practiced later that week. It really is pretty simple.


  1. Wet your stamp with the ink pad.
  2. Stamp the item.
  3. Pour embossing powder over the item.
  4. Shake off excess powder.
  5. Apply heat from heat gun to powder.
  6. Admire your crafty self!

My first adventure in embossing was our candy buffet. A bride gave me her 40 leftover white chinese boxes. I also had about some glassine envelopes that were sold along with the candy buffet. Since that wasn’t enough containers, I bought 40 petite red chinese boxes.



Heat Embossed chinese cartons
Since I did red on red, it doesn't photograph as well but looks cool in person. 


The finished product!

2 comments:

honey my heart said...

your boxes turned out cute! i never tried heat embossing but was always fascinated by it and love the way it looks. we have take out boxes for our candy buffet too :)

Michelle said...

I was thinking of doing this to the text on my DIY invite. Sort of a DIY thermography...Do you think that it would work out?

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