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Embossing Tips:

• Embossing powders can be melted with a Heat Gun or under a toaster oven top element.

• When using a Heat Gun, warm it up for a few seconds before aiming at the paper to   emboss. Hold the craft tool a few inches away from the paper surface and heat evenly.
   As soon as you see the embossing change – whether raised, metallic, glitter, or matte, the
   heating is completed.

• To use embossing powders, work with your prints before they dry.

• Embossing powders can be used over any type of water-based ink including dye, pigment and  embossing inks. When working with dye ink, move quickly since dye ink is fast-drying.

• Use a sheet of clean paper under your print while pouring embossing powder.
  Remove excess powder by tilting the card and sliding it off the card surface onto the scrap   paper. Tap the back of the image with your finger to release any excess powder that doesn’t   stick to the embossing ink.
  When you are finished, roll the paper into a funnel and return the excess embossing powder    back to the jar for the next use – no waste!

• If any stray embossing powder is still on the paper, use a small paint brush to whisk it off of   the surface – otherwise it will melt onto the paper when heat embossed.

• Embossing powders work as a resist for overprinting/overpainting.

• Remember, when using embossing ink, that clear ink will not affect the color of the   embossing powder. Tinted inks can affect the color of the embossing, depending upon how   clear or light   the base of the embossing powder is.
  For instance, if the tinted ink has a blue base, and the embossing powder has a clear base,   the finished embossing may appear to have a blue tint.

• Use the fabulous Non-Stick Craft Sheet to protect your work surface when heat embossing.
• Remember: when using pigment ink on glossy materials, you must use embossing powder and heat emboss or the ink will never dry on this non-porous surface.
• Don’t be afraid to mix and match embossing powders to create your own recipes/combinations for added fun!

• Embossing powders can be used on paper, paper mache, wood, clay and more!

Embossing Powder Types: - not just shiny!

There are such a variety of embossing powders--each with specific features to create exactly the look you want. Try using the same image on white cardstock with different powders and discover the numerous looks you can achieve. Use over black pigment or on dark cardstock to see how the same embossing powder creates a very different effect!

RangerInk was the first to bring heat embossing to artists and crafters in 1980 and since then has created well over 100 powders, ranging in finishes from shiny, metallic, puffy, textured, antiqued, pearlized and glitzy. All of Ranger's Embossing Powders are non-toxic and acid free.

Embossing Powders – original embossing powder product. There are a variety of basic colors that create raised metallic, sparkly and opaque finishes.

Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel™ (UTEE™) - is a specially formulated, large particle embossing powder. Use a heat tool to produce an extra-thick embossed image or melt UTEE in the Ranger Melting Pot®. Pour into molds to create 3-D artifacts or dip to coat a variety of objects for one-of-a-kind art and jewelry.

UTEE Brightz™ - Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels have an opaque, pearlescent quality and come in breathtakingly vibrant colors. They’ll add extra shimmer and pizazz to embossing projects.

Super Fine Detail™ Embossing Powder –Fine embossing powders ideal for very detailed images.

Embossing Pearls™ - Pearlized, interference embossing powders for subtle, pearl elegance on light papers, and more dramatic pearlized effects on dark papers.

Adirondack® Embossing Powder– Semi-matte finish that coordinates beautifully with the rest of the Adirondack product line.

Distress™ Embossing Powder – Specifically designed to match Distress Ink™ colors, these embossing powders have a special property that creates a matte, textured look. After embossing, simply rub off the special release crystals to create a weathered, worn effect.

Ancient Golds™ Embossing Powder – Metallic golds in a variety of finishes from bright to antique. Also included are clear-based embossing powders with encrusted finishes for a golden, glittery effect.

Embossing Antiquities™ – Semi-matte and matte embossing powder with an all-over even texture that achieves the look of faux stone. Some have a mixture of metallic in it for added sheen.

Embossing Puffs™– Create a warm, fuzzy look that puffs when heated for surface dimension.

Embossing Glitter™ – Glitter you can emboss! It's in a clear base to let the color ink, glue, and paper underneath show through.

Embossing Tinsel™– Show glitz and glamour with glitter in an opaque or pearl embossing powder base. Try it on white or light cardstock or pile on the glitz on dark cardstock.