Hey everyone! It's WOW week over at the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog, so I decided to jump in on the fun for the May Newsletter as well. Today, I'm going to be doing a technique that I like to call trapping. It's not the real name of the technique...but I like my name best...so we'll use it for today. No animals were harmed in THIS trapping process. ;)
I'll be using the WOW Ultra High Clear Gloss Embossing Powder for this technique. It gives a much thicker coating than a standard grind embossing powder. And when you layer several layers of this embossing powder, you end up with a wonderful, glossy and dimensional finish on your project.
I like to call this trapping because we are trapping stamping, die cuts or coloring beneath a ultra thick layer of embossing. Julie also used this technique to create a faux ceramic tile. You can check out here post by clicking HERE.
I'll walk you through the entire process of this, as well as give you some tips, in the video tutorial below. Be sure to check it out.
Tips For Trapping
- It's all about that base. Use a sturdy base. I like to use the craft-a-board or inchies. They give a nice solid base that won't warp or bend under the weight of the embossing powder and the extra heat required. Even a heavy weight card stock probably won't stand up to all that extra abuse.
- I've got your back. This Ultra High Embossing powder has a thicker grind than standard embossing powder. You'll want to heat from the back to avoid blowing the granules all over your work surface. After all, we want it to stay on our project. Once it starts melting, you can heat from the front.
- Cool down. It's important in a workout (not that I know too much about workouts anymore), and it's important in this technique too. Allow each layer to cool completely before applying your next layer of ink and embossing powder.
- Handle it. Create a handle out of scrap material to hold your project while working. This makes it much easier to handle your project without marring the surface, while applying multiple layers and lots of heat.
As always, I've linked the supplies used in these projects below.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you've enjoyed these projects and I hope I've inspired you to try this technique on your own....whatever you want to call it. I still vote trapping. Comment below and tell me what you'd call it. Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day.
Watch The Video
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