For this technique, you need to choose a stamp set that's pretty much an outline, nothing that has "solid" sections of rubber.
Cut a piece of glossy cardstock that's about 1/4 of an inch larger than the image you will be stamping. Apply Versamark all over the glossy cardstock, cover with embossing powder and heat set. Let it cool - this is very important, as you can damage the pad if it's not. Then repeat the Versamark/embossing process as to build two layers.
Continue to circle with the heat gun over the embossed card stock. You should be able to see the melted embossing powder "move" with the heat. Don't hold the heat too long in one spot, as the embossing powder will scorch. When you see it moving, stamp on it, being careful not to move the stamp. Give it a couple of minutes to dry and remove the stamp from the paper.
If it didn't come out the way you'd liked, just melt down and stamp over it again. If an area was damaged or won't hold the embossing mix, apply more Versamark and embossing powder and it will adhere again.
Try to keep it to two layers. I've done three and four, however some of those have cracked.
Thanks to Heart for the information on the technique name.
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2005 GMT Views: 1567
Registered: July 13, 2004 Location: Miami, Florida Posts: 22
Sat, Feb 26, 2005 @ 4:23 PM
Thank you all for your comments. I have not damaged any stamps so far. The outer layer dries pretty fast. If you decide to try it, you'll see that if you don't stamp "fast enough", the indentation will be very light or not even there. "Fast enough" depends on the temperature of the room you are in, how much you've heated the mix, etc. You'll be able to gauge it once you've tried it a few times.
At Christmas time, I made about 40 cards using the angel on the "On Angel Wings" set. The set still intact. I have damaged a Versamark pad, because I did not wait long enough to ink and the melted liquid got on the pad and burned it away.