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.
- 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.
- 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?