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Old 09-20-2006, 05:47 PM   #1  
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My friend is having probs with her EP. With or without the buddy, swiffer,bounce, etc she still gets a few tiny flecks of EP on her card and she is not happy. I suggested maybe her paper was ever so lightly damp with the humidity, so she tried my paper and got the same result. I gave her my EP and, again, little tiny flecks of EP. It raises when heated. What could be the problem? Any ideas? Thanks for your help gang. If anybody knows - someone here knows.

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Sometimes that just happens, especially w/ detail or fine EP. I keep a little watercolor brush nearby to brush off any strays that are left on the paper before using the heat tool. HTH.

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Ditto, it just happens sometimes. I flick the back of the paper with my finger after shaking off the excess, and this seems to help a bit. I also use a tiny brush to brush off any stray granuals leftover. I find it happens a lot more with the detail powder, because it is such a fine texture.

You have to be kind of meticulous about inspecting the image before hitting it with the heat tool if you want a super-clean embossed image.

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I've learned that cheap EP is harder to work with. SU! is very good quality and doesn't leave residue on the paper (after using the embossing buddy). It pays to buy good quality products.
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I have also read that if you heat your EP from the underside then the air from your heat gun won't send bits of EP flying around your paper and helps eliminate those flecks.
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Another tip is to wash your hands before attempting to emboss. The powder can stick to the oil left by hands.
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But to answer your question, I do think EP can go bad! I had a batch of gold that was over 10 years old. It worked fine for all that time, but then just about a year ago I tried it again, and it just popped off after I heated it. It didn't matter what kind of paper I used, it still popped off once it was heated. SO I threw it out and bought new, and no more trouble. So personally, I think EP can go bad.
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I have to agree with Laura. I inherited some clear EP and it was awful! It was OLD SU! from the early 80s and I threw it away. I ordered new stuff and have not havd a problem since!

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I agree too that EP does get old. I had some that would not melt and would rub off. I tried different papers but it was definitley the powder. It was 9 years old. I also noticed that if the powder has a glitter type sparkle in it there may not be enough powder and all that is left is the glitter.

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But to answer your question, I do think EP can go bad! I had a batch of gold that was over 10 years old. It worked fine for all that time, but then just about a year ago I tried it again, and it just popped off after I heated it.
*light bulb moment* I had this happen with a batch of old PSX silver EP. The powder would melt but then scrape off very easily. I blamed my embossing pen, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was the powder! Another good reason to emboss my little heart out.
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Another thing about EP is that it can get contaminated.

When I emboss I NEVER poor the excess powder back into the EP container. Instead I have a small container like a Glad disposable storage container and reuse the powder from there. I use a lot of clear EP.

Sometimes when I emboss with different colors (especially metallics) I pour the excess EP into 1 container which of course mixes the various colors. The result is a really cool "custom blend". I have had friends ask me where I got the cool EP!
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