How to Emboss With Glitter

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Glitter is a beautiful embellishment for any project. Embossing with glitter is the process of applying ink to a project with a stamp, and covering the wet ink with glitter for a sparkly, textured look. Fine glitter can be used to create your own stationery, invitations and scrapbooks. Embossing is an easy, fun project that can be done with the whole family.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper or project that will be embossed
  • Rubber stamp
  • Embossing ink
  • Fine glitter
  • Bowl
  • Scrap paper
  • Heat and stamp powder
  • Spoon
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat embossing tool or toaster
  • Dryer sheet

Rub the dryer sheet over the front of the paper or project you are going to emboss. This will remove any static cling that will affect how the glitter is applied.

Press a rubber stamp against the embossing inkpad, being sure to apply ink to all parts of the stamp. Stamp the piece of paper evenly, carefully putting an equal amount of weight on all parts of the stamp so you get an even image.

Fold a piece of scrap paper in half and place it underneath the paper you are embossing. This will catch the loose glitter in the crease of the paper, making it easy to pour it back into the bowl to use for your next project.

Pour heat and stamp powder, which can be found at any craft store, over the stamp. Apply the powder generously, being sure to cover the stamped ink entirely. Pour the excess powder onto the folded scrap paper, and then fold the scrap paper and gently shake it back into the powder container.

Turn the embossing tool on. If you don’t have an embossing tool, you can use a toaster as well. Simply press the handle down as if you were heating toast and allow it to warm up for a about 15 seconds. Carefully hold the embossing tool or toaster about 2 to 3 inches away from the stamped part of the paper you are embossing. When the powder becomes glossy, quickly set the embossing tool or toaster aside and prepare your glitter.

Hold the paper over the empty bowl and pour glitter over the melted embossing powder. Do this quickly, so that the glitter can stick to the embossing powder before it has dried. Shake the excess glitter into the bowl and lay the embossed paper on a flat surface. Hold the toaster or embossing tool over the glittered project for a few seconds to reheat it and allow it to better stick to the glitter.

Rub the paintbrush over the dryer sheet to remove static cling, then brush the excess glitter off the piece of paper again. Allow the project to dry and cool completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • If using the toaster instead of the embossing tool, be sure to shake the toaster over a trashcan to remove the crumbs.

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