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Vendor Spotlight: Stampendous “Painting with Powder” Technique Embossing Powders

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

The “Painting with Powder” line of embossing powders by Stampendous offers the user an opportunity to paint a surface in a manner that can have results that look like chalk, enamels and other media. The more well-known technique for painting with embossing powder is Fran’s Painting with Powder Technique which you can view on the Stampendous YouTube channel. The powders are used to create fun abstract paintings on various objects but using her special technique and these embossing powders. This is being promoted as a fun way to use embossing powders to create a different type of art.

The kit they sent me was the Scenic Selection which comes with 14 jars in a variety of colors: white, star dust, clear bark, olive, lettuce, periwinkle, baby blue, clear lemon, sunny yellow, golden sand, honey, paprika, Chinese red, and ruby red.

This kit has a helpful “Tips & Technique” chart and comes with two scoop straws to aid in the use of the embossing powders.

The manufacturer recommends using the Versamark Clear slow drying ink with these embossing powders to get the best results. For my first project I decided to use the embossing powders on a glass ornament to see if it would work.

I used one of the stamps enclosed in the kit, the “VersaMark” ink pad and some of the embossing colors. I stamped the image onto a clean glass ornament and applied the powders. Since it was a curved surface, I had a little trouble getting a clear image.

I decided to keep the image as is and a little more embossing powder in certain areas to give it some definition.

I also added a little glitter to the embossing powder to give it some sparkle.  I heated it carefully (to keep too much of the glitter from flying away). It is a bit difficult to see the sparkle on the picture, but it looks great hanging in the window.

For the next project, I decided to try my hand at the “Fran’s Painting with Powder” Technique. In case you have not already figured it out, I do not have very much experience with embossing powders. However, I decided to give it a try anyway. I applied the VersaMark pad all over the board.

Then I added each color, starting with the lightest.

Then I added more color.

Finally I ended up with this finished gift tag which looks similar to the sample on the packaging label.

For my third project, I decided to make a card for a friend. I also decided to test the powders on different colors of paper to see how the embossing colors would look on them.

Here is how the colors look on a black board.  Interestingly enough, the lighter yellow embossing powders on the top left corner, look green on the black background.

Here is a sample on regular card board. Again, the yellow colors on the top right corner do not look yellow but kind of a yellow green.

And here is what the embossing powder looks like on cold press water color paper.  Because of the texture of the water color paper, it almost looks like chalk.  The colors showed up fabulously.

I used these samples to make the third project which is a card for a friend.

The embossing powders are a mixture that ranges from translucent to opaque. This allows for some interesting results, depending on the surface you are going to use them on. The embossing powders can be used on paper, wood, glass, and a variety of other surfaces. I also used these same powders to make a faux enamel-type box for a friend of mine, by mixing these powders with some mica and glitter.

It worked great and the box looks exactly the way I wanted it to.

Pros:

  • Interesting selection of earthy colors that darken once they are set by the heat gun.
  • Some of the colors are opaque which is great for covering darker surfaces.
  • Some of the colors are more translucent which lends well to working on lighter surfaces and glass.
  • You can add a variety of materials like mica, glitter, etc. to the embossing powder to create additional special effects, as long as you heat the paper from beneath the stamped surface.

Cons:

  • There is no purple or black shade in the kit, which are two colors that I personally can not live without.
  • The small containers make it challenging to get the left over embossing powder back into the container without waste.
  • The sunny yellow turns a strange color when used on dark surfaces, so be mindful of that when planning out your project.

Have you ever tried to add glitter and mica to the embossing powder and what was the final effect. What are your favorite embossing recipes and tips?  

Vendor Spotlight: Stampendous Embossing Enamels & Tinsels

Reported by Marti Wills

Stampendous has an exciting new line of embossing powders as part of their Frantage line. I received a selection of the aged metals embossing enamels, shabby enamel embossing powders, embossing tinsels and vintage glitters, plus a few stamps to use to try it all out.

I’ll start by saying I am a huge fan of heat embossing. It is one of the first stamping techniques I learned, and it fascinates me to this day. These embossing enamels were not like any of the powders I have seen, so I was intrigued right away. I decided to start things off with the Vintage Crowns stamp sets and some Aged Silver Embossing Enamel:

Stampendous Silver Embossing Enamel

The first thing I noticed was the unusual texture and grains. They were larger and not all one color.

Stampendous frantage

Which is exactly what gives you this unique aged metal look. Next I used the Jumbo Rosehips stamp set with the Shabby Pink embossing enamel.  Again the powder itself was very unusual.

Stampendous shabby pink embossing enamel

It contained large grains of white, smaller grains of pink as well as a bit of silver glitter – it made me wonder how well it would stick to the details of the stamped image.

As you can see it was no problem at all.

Next I wanted to add some detail to my corners with the Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and a couple of the vintage glitters from the Treasures Glitter Kit. I started by dumping the embossing enamel on to the corner.  then I sprinkled some of the glitters in as well.

It made quite a pretty little pile. I heated from BENEATH the paper since I did not have anything holding the pile onto the paper. The results were amazing.

As you can see above, the white grains truly become a slick enamel. The whole melty mess holds the vintage glitters wonderfully.

In addition to the embossing enamels there are also three embossing tinsels. Here I used another stamp and the Jumbo Rosehips and the Plum and Olive Embossing Tinsels. These are colored powder with some glitter mixed in. I also added some Aged Copper Embossing Enamel around the outer edges of my image.

Again once I tapped off the excess I heated from BENEATH the paper in case any of the grains blew around.

I finished up the second image similar to the first with powders and glitter in the corners and made these two gift bags.

Pros:

  • Unique mixture gives beautiful results
  • Colors and metallics are gorgeous
  • Sticks well to detailed images

Cons:

  • Very limited color selection – especially in the Embossing Tinsels
  • I couldn’t come up with any others!

Let us know what you think. Have you tried any of the products in the Stampendous Frantage line? What did you think? Do you like heat embossing?