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Old 06-25-2006, 05:29 PM   #1  
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Hi All-

I am REALLY new to stamping, but I have enjoyed using the stamps in layouts and cards. I can see how versatile a stamp is compared to a sticker. Recently (I am a teacher) a student brought me a small gift of cards his mom made. She did a wonderful job on them, and two of the cards were embossed. SOO, my question is/are:

1- do I need this tool if I make cards? is it essential??

2- what kind should I buy? NO CLUE here

3- are they worth the extra effort with the powder and things??

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Old 06-25-2006, 05:33 PM   #2  
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Absolutely YES! I love to emboss, and it is really not that hard. I got mine from Michaels using a 50% off coupon, so it was about $10. It is not essential, esp at first, but I would definately put it on the wish list!

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Old 06-25-2006, 05:36 PM   #3  
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I am really just getting into stamping, so I really don't have too much. But I must say a friend of mine suggested that I get the heat tool and embossing powders that you need to do the embossing. I am so glad that I did buy it.

I got mine heat tool at ACmoore, but Michaels and Hobby Lobby should have them. The one that I got was $19.95 and I used a 40% off coupon. Stampin UP has one in their catalog, but as far as I know it is that same as the one the craft stores sell.

I have a few embossing powders, but am going to invest in more when I become a SU demo soon. I would reccomend that you invest in the Embossing Buddy from the SU catalog, it does help.

I hope this helps you
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:51 PM   #5  
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If you really like the effect of embossing, I would get a white and a clear embossing powder as basics to start with, and some of the cool sparkly ones are on my wishlist now.
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Dry embossing requires:
1. Pigment (not dye) inks (VersaMark is most common with colored powders)
2. Embossing powders
3. A heat gun

Other niceties are:
The embossing buddy (prevents static and helps with sharper images)
A tray to catch and funnel the excess powder back into the jar
Tweezers or something to prevent burned fingers

I say go for it - I love embossing and there are several 'resist' techniques you can learn later that require the embossing tools.

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Old 06-25-2006, 06:47 PM   #7  
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"Essential"? No-o-o....but well worth it if you do any embossing! Years ago I decided to try it for awhile without investing in a paint stripper (that's what these are, basically, only not so HOT). You can hold the paper over a lightbulb or burner to melt the powder. If you're anything like me, not only is this dangerous, lol, it gets old real fast!

There are differences in tools, in features as well as price and quality. Honestly, I might just go to Michaels or Joannes, too, with a 40% off coupon. Yes, there are better quality tools, but to start out, I think they're fine.

The one thing I would URGE you to do, if you are around children, is get one with the metal tip INSIDE the barrel, not one that has it protruding out the end. The barrel gets very, VERY hot.
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Word to the wise...
never ask other "stamp-a-holics" if you need something!!
Of course we will tell you "yes"!! We're all about enabling you here!!
We're happy to help you spend your money!!
Happy stamping!! (and embossing!!)
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Dry embossing requires a stylus of some sort, a light source, and a template of some sort (the best is brass imho).

"Wet" embossing is the one with the pigment ink (or special dye inks like Ranger Distress Ink), heat gun, and embossing powders.
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I'm not sure I can do a card without embossing something ... so YES!
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Originally Posted by Mahloumel
Dry embossing requires a stylus of some sort, a light source, and a template of some sort (the best is brass imho).

"Wet" embossing is the one with the pigment ink (or special dye inks like Ranger Distress Ink), heat gun, and embossing powders.
Thanks Mel, for describing the difference. I was just about to post something similar. But I'll show two examples instead.
I used the stencil and stylus to Dry Emboss the scalloped background for this card... Blue Stipple
I used the heat gun and embossing powder to Heat (or Wet) Emboss the spots on this Ladybug.
As for the Original Poster's question: My opinion is to wait awhile. Try some of the other ideas first, go to a Stampin' Up demonstration, take a class at a local store. Decide after a couple of months if the embossed look is important to you -- not what all the rest of us like.
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Yes!!! But you asked the wrong group of people to save you money on stampin' stuff! lol I love mine, I use it all the time!
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Embossing is what hooked me!!! About eight years ago, I went to a Stampin' Up! party just to be nice. LOL Well, the demo embossed, and I was just floored.

So yeah, I'd say you "need" it.
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Old 06-26-2006, 05:55 AM   #14  
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A heat gun is simply a basic stamping tool. So helpful in drying out inks that take a long time to dry, melting heat and stick glue, melting wax for seals, drying watermark (like Versamark) inks. Melting clear embossing powder over images is popular, using clear powders and colored inks is popular.

Stamping with versamark and embossing with clear is one of the essential steps in one of the basic resist techniques.

Embossing "seals" the paper and is slightly raised, so it makes it easy to paint or color within areas, if you don't want the colors to bleed.

Warning: this tool gets very hot, and you have to follow the common sense safety precautions. It is not to be confused with a hairdryer- we are talking about something built to melt things.

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I absolutely love embossing...and it was the first thing that I did when I started stmaping!!! I mean the VERY FIRST card I made had embossing on it. I had borrowed my friends heat tool untill recently when I purchased my own at Hobby Lobby...along with 6 colors of embossing powder...yep, went a little overboard.
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