Hello! I made the background for this tag using lots of Distress Inks. Did you know they are embossable? I can still remember the first time I saw embossing powder melting. It was early 20 years ago and it was a serious “Ah-Hah!” moment.
The focal image is a Teesha Moore stamp. It's an unmounted rubber stamp I bought years ago on her Etsy shop. After I'd done my tag background, I inked it up with Black Soot Distress Ink.
I pressed her down and was ready to dip the tag into my embossing powder box. I keep a large Tupperware devoted to that purpose.
The key to embossing with ink is to make sure the only ‘wet' thing on the surface is the part you want to emboss. Unfortunately, I hadn't allowed that background to dry thoroughly. See how the powder is clinging to a large part of the tag? Not the plan at all. It was meant to cling only to the black stamped fly girl.
There's an easy fix, but it takes patience and a steady hand. Just use a dry paintbrush to painstakingly brush away all the excess before heat embossing.
After I'd taken care of the problem, I continued on to emboss the word Imagine. You can be sure I was positive the rest of the tag was dry before I dipped it this time!
Here's a link to some other projects I've done with embossing. I find most mistakes can be worked through. How about you? I'd love to hear your doozies in the comments below.
If you’d like to learn more about the techniques I use working with Distress Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays, Distress Stains and more…. check out my online class with Craftsy. It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee! It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects.
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