Friday, November 8, 2013

Why I hate heat embossing

Okay...maybe hate is a strong word. Intensely dislike might fit the bill well enough. Anyway...I hate, er, intensely dislike heat embossing because of its warp factor. I even took Ardyth's advice about holding it against a square piece of chipboard. Still warped. Don't get me wrong, I love the effect. Love the glisten. But I'm going to limit my heat embossing...there are plenty of other techniques out there that I want to try. And every now and again, I'll heat emboss something just to reinforce my opinion of it.

I actually do have a couple of cards to share. This really isn't just a whiney post about embossing...Both cards will go into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog, and one will go solely into OWL165 - No Red/Green found this week over at Ardyth's blog, MASKerade.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Now this is a crummy photo...you can't see the sparkle from the Ranger holographic embossing powder I used on this card. And it's bland looking here too. But I think you get the idea. IRL, it's pretty pretty. The stamps are from My Cute Stamps, Memento pink ink, and Jenni Bowlen gray ink. One layer. Might try this in aqua without the embossing....

Next up is my second card for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:


To quote Darnell, this card was a "QACAS", (quick and clean and simple). The paper are scraps (!), the stamps are from ME, LF, and NN. I used black SU ink for the sentiment and line, and pink HA for the little heart. For such an easy card, I used three different stamp sets, and just a bit from each one. Still, it's kind of nice to get good use out of them. And that's all I've got for today. Do a little Friday happy dance today!


13 comments:

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Oh dear! Did you wrap your chipboard in foil? I also find that if you hold your heat gun further away, it takes longer, but warps less. Notice "less". Usually if you can leave the card for a while, it relaxes and is fine. I love the pretty colours and the sparkle! Thanks for joining us at OLW this week!

Geri said...

Totally a yay for Friday...

Amazing cards Bev! Despite your um...issues with embossing, the end result was well worth the stress! Gorgeous snowflakes, gorgeous sentiment and gorgeous colors! Beautifully soft & pretty!

Card #2 accomplished its mission...brought a big smile to my face all the way up here in north central Manitoba! The cloud paper is gorgeous...the dotted line and heart/envelope is just so dang cute!

I'd say that you were pinging with all cylinders today dear friend!

Shannon J said...

Love both cards! I have a thing for sparkle, and for wee little hearts, so these are making me smile all over! What doesn't make me smile?!! I'm with you - I just hate the warping!! I watch so many videos, and it never seems to happen to the experts!! Why oh why does it keep happening to me?!!!

Lesley Croghan said...

I hate er...dislike heat embossing too!!!

Sharon said...

Keep your heat tool farther away from your image. Once you see the powder melting, turn the paper over and finish embossing on the "bottom". This helps with warping. I also grab each end and kind of make it do the wave, while it cools down. Stop in the store for a demo. feel better soon.

mypapercraftworld said...

Warping? Yep, yuk ... but I don't see any here, Bev, just soft, delicate, shimmery snowflakes ... quite splendid! Fabulous QACAS too ... you have such a knack for putting 'scraps' together so beautifully ... love the little heart flying over those clouds! Anita :)

cm said...

I intensely liked your discussion of intensely dis-liking embossing! I'm with you: frustrating process, mainly because I'm a klutz! My issue is powder that doesn't stick, because my stamping is atrocious. Grrr...Your card, however, reveals no flaws whatsoever; only splendid beauty! Your second card: LOVE it! The clouds, the panels, the wee-hearted envelope...swoon!! Hugs ~ c

Lynn said...

I wanted to pop in and say how much I adore your cards Bev, but more importantly that you make me smile! I cracked up laughing out loud about the heat embossing. I'm right there with you! Thanks for always keeping it real! xx

Kim Heggins said...

ok....I don't understand your hate, I mean dislike of heat embossing. I am guessing I have been pretty lucky and have not had any issues yet, and will keep my fingers crossed that this continues. Your cards are amazing but they always are, heat embossed or not.

Bobby said...

My trouble with heat embossing run more toward specks and flecks, even when I use a powder bag. Sometimes I heat the card again from the back after embossing the front - it sort of warps the other way, making it straight. The card looks lovely as is.

maria f. said...

Your "sending smiles" is a wonderful design, Bev. Just perfect.

Marcia K said...

Pink snowflakes! LOVE them!

Kylie said...

Gorgeous cards, Bev! So simple and effective! I'm sorry you aren't a fan of heat embossing - it can be super fun. :)