Hi there! It's Becky and Glenna from My Paper Craze substituting in today! We're so excited to be here and share with another great tutorial!
We love, love, love that our Silhouette is so versatile! We've found another great paper crafting tutorial that you guys are sure to love! Are you familiar with heat embossing? It's a great little method of adding dimension and pop to your paper crafts, especially scrapbooking and handmade cards.
This tutorial piggy-backs on the same concept as using sketch pens/pen holders to draw a design onto paper (or other medium). If you need a refresher, be sure to visit the Silhouette Sketch Pens Tutorial for Beginners.
So first, let's look at the supplies:
1. Silhouette Cameo or Portrait (obviously)
2. Pen Holder (we used the old school Silhouette Pen Holder, but Amy Chomas makes a really amazing one)
6. Printer and Cardstock (to print the gift tag)
Heat embossing can be done alone, especially in terms of stamping, but it's really more of an embellishment to a project (in our case, a Mother's Day gift tag). We used this simple project to demonstrate the basic concept, but heat embossing would be beautiful on any paper craft, so don't limit yourself. Think of subway art, enhancing printables, upcoming Teacher Appreciation gift tags.
To start, set up your file in Silhouette Studio. As with sketch pens, you'll need to decide what lines are going to be cut and what lines are going to be sketched. We're working on a print and cut file, so we set all lines to "NO CUT" except for the basic outline around the tag and in the middle of the circle (where the ribbon/string threads).
After your file is set up, proceed to completing the Print and Cut portion. Now here's the important part to remember... DO NOT REMOVE THE CARDSTOCK FROM YOUR CUTTING MAT AFTER YOU HAVE CUT THE DESIGN.
You'll go back into Silhouette Studio , update your Cut Settings. Select "CUT" and under Material Type, select "Silhouette Sketch Pen" If you are unfamiliar with using sketch pens and pen holders, we strongly urge you to visit Silhouette Sketch Pens Tutorial for Beginners.
Once your settings are updated, you'll remove the standard silhouette cutting blade and insert your Silhouette Pen Holder and Tsukineko Dual-Ended VersaMarker Pen. Again your mat and cardstock should remain loaded in the machine at all times.
After double-checking your cut settings are correct, Send to Silhouette and sketch the design using the embossing pen.
NOW YOU CAN REMOVE your cardstock from the cutting mat.
Pretty quickly, you'll want to grab your WOW! Embossing Powder and Darice Embossing Multi-Purpose Heat Tool. The line you just sketched with the embossing pen will be wet for the embossing powder to adhere to. On a clean surface, sprinkle the embossing powder over the pen line (don't be shy, apply generously - you can always shake the excess contents back into the bottle).
This next part involves the embossing heat tool, which puts out a VERY HOT stream of air. Think of a blow dryer on steroids --- keep your fingers out of the way. If possible, hold the tag with a pair of tweezers (or reverse tweezers) on a safe heating surface (we use a wood block, but a kitchen counter seems to work fine, too). You'll direct that heat flow in a circular pattern over the heat embossing powder. If you pay close attention, you'll actually be able to see the powder melt and adhere together.
Now just allow it to cool for a few minutes and your project is finished! Here's what the heat embossing looks like on our tag:
I know it might not seem like a lot if your niche is vinyl or t-shirts, but for us paper crafters, this is genius! Maybe a gift tag isn't the best use (just a simple demonstration), but those of us who spend small fortunes on scrapbook embellishments will love adding this tool to our arsenal for dressing up layouts!
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