E C H N I Q U E
Enamel is a large grain, clear embossing powder which
is versatile in use. Many different textures can be achieved.
The large granules spread out as they are heated, creating
a smooth, glassy, extra thick surface. To use the powder,
apply a thin layer of clear embossing ink over the entire
surface to be treated. Sprinkle on embossing enamel, tap
off the excess, and apply heat. A single layer of embossing
enamel gives a bumpy texture, like water drops on glass.
To build up texture and dimension, add a second coat in
the same manner. A third coat produces a surface as smooth
as glass. To apply a heavy coat of enamel, heat from beneath
to prevent it from blowing away in the melting process.
T A M P I N ' T I P S
Stamp a large, solid image such as a flower, color and
over-emboss with clear enamel. Cut out this image. Heat
again, and shape the image as it bends. Mount on your
2 layers of enamel, and allow it to cool. Gently bend
the card and crack the finish. Apply dye based ink from
a re-inker bottle and allow it to seep into the cracks.
Wipe it off. Leave it as is, or apply another coat of
a deep impression onto the surface. While your last coat
of enamel is still hot, ink a stamp with pigment based
ink. Press it into the hot enamel surface and pull it
out quickly. Work fast, because the enamel cools rapidly.
The pigment ink will add color, as well as lubricate the
stamp to prevent it from sticking to the enamel.
layers of enamel, sprinkle on glitter, tiny beads, or
metallic confetti. The shiny specks will be suspended
in the enamel.
with adding streaks of standard embossing powders to the
Embossing enamel can be used on wooden boxes, art metal
(one application creates a bumpy, "hammered" look) or
E C H N I Q U E E X A M P L E S
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Enamel used on Flowers.
It's very hard to see this technique in a scan.