Tim Holtz - Creative Chemistry 101 class - Day 7  - Embossing Powders

Created: March 27, 2012
Modified: March 30, 2012

I decided to take Tim's 2 week class - Chemistry 101. These samples are from Day 7.

Well at least today, I've had all the products Tim used and I even broke open my Distress Embossing pad... I always use Perfect Medium, but for one of the techniques it required the Distress pad.

Rarely do I use colored embossing powders - but I have tons of it, all brands... I always like stamping with colored inks and clear embossing - no problems with those pesky little flecks of colored embossing powder that sticks everywhere.

I'm extremely happy with all three tags. BIG GRIN


Nostalgic Batik:

I stamped the round butterfly circle (Quietfire Design) with Versafine Crimson Red. Stamped the butterflies (also Quietfire) with my custom pad from the other day and clear embossed. Sponged Distress pads, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain & Dried Marigold. Cleaned off the excess colors from the embossed images. Stamped the black details (Quietfire Design "Fiddleheads"; Time to Stamp "Flowers & Leaves" stamp set)  with Distress Black Soot (needs to be water based stamp pad), and wiped off what fell on the embossing. Ironed the embossing off between some newsprint. Dropped some water droplets and dried.

Rusted Enamel:

Love this technique. Remember doing it on the 12 tags of Xmas.

Direct to paper with Distress pads Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door. Put clear embossing powder all over and then vigorously taped the back of manila tag to remove some of the powder to give a distressed effect when heat set.

Sponged Distress browns (Tea Dye, Walnut Stain) and some Black Soot, heavily to get into the crevices of the non embossed areas. Wiped off the embossed areas. Stamped the keys (Stubby Stampers  "Key Top Border"; Scrollworks "Large Key" & "Asian Key") with archival black.


Distress Powder - Resist:

Love the look. This is the tag that needed the Distress embossing pad. Using regular embossing pads, like Perfect Medium, is apparently too sticky for this powder and doesn't allow for the brushing off of the non embossed particles.

Stamped the flourish (Stubby Stampers) with the embossing pad and embossed with Distress Antique Linen. You need a very light color of embossing powder for this to work. Let embossing cool, then gently brush off the loose particles giving a distress look and feel to the image. Sponge with Distress Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Various browns. wipe off excess on embossed surfaces. Stamped the words (Quietfire Design) with the Archival pad.


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