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Old 01-20-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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I love, love, love the look of embossing. It's been a year this month that I started making cards and have accumulated 24 SU ink pads of assorted colors. Does anyone else have the problem with a few of the lighter colored SU inks not "grabbing" the embossing powder?

The medium light to dark colors are not a problem. Just yesterday I opened a brand new ink pad of Crumb Cake and it simply would not hold the powder. Same with Pool Party, Bordering Blue and Rose Romance. These pads do not need to be refilled and I am using SU clear embossing powder. Also, I have great success with the other colors so I don't feel it is my technique.

I was instructed in a paper crafting class last year that I could emboss using VersaMark and a colored powder or just apply the clear powder to the colored ink. Would I have more success suing the colored SU powders? is that what most of you do?
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First of all, which SU! ink are you using? If it's Classic ink, it's not intended for embossing. To use it, you will have to use a Versamark pad, ink the stamp with that, then ink with the Classic ink in order to emboss. But, the Classic inks are not made to 'grab' the powder. Versamark is your answer. Hope that helps.
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calgramma, YOU have solved my problem!! I had no idea I was suppose to stamp my image in VersaMark and then stamp in Classic ink before embossing. WOW. I guess I should have taken better notes in class last year. What's so funny is I did have embossing with the darker inks. Thank so much for your prompt reply since I'm ready to start making Valentine's cards tomorrow.
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You can also ink with Versamark and then your dye ink before you stamp - it will hold the embossing powder a little.
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Generally, dye based inks are for 'general' stamping, sponging etc, and pigment or verasmark for embossing. However, this is really only a general rule of thumb. You will find a number of dye based inks that stay wet enough long enough for you to emboss. It also depends on the cardstock- some will absorb the ink faster than others. The ambient temperature & humidity will also have an effect. I don't know what the SU inks are like, I don't use them, but you can always try out some of the many other makes of pad.
If you put Versamark or clear embossing ink onto your stamp, then go over the top of it with your chosen colour, then stamp your image, as the others say, that should give you enough 'sticky' to grab the powder.
It might be worth doing yourself some trial pieces using the various methods, then you can write on the reverse what you did. For instance, as you said, you can: Stamp with a colour and use clear Embossing powder, or stamp with a clear ink, and use coloured powder. Or you can stamp with a coloured ink & use a coloured powder, the effect will be different! Try gold ink & gold powder, against clear ink & gold powder/gold ink & clear powder- the one using gold ink & powder will be much richer.
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