November 15, 2019 0

How to Use Embossing Powder – Customize Moleskine Journal Covers – Heat Emboss Technique Explained


hi, everyone, this is Vivian, welcome back
to my channel! Today I’m going to show you how to customize your journal cover
with embossing powder. I’ll be using these embossing pens from Ranger and also
three different colors of embossing powder. One is gold, one is black and this
one is a clear one. And with embossing powder you’ll also need to have a heat gun
to melt the embossing powder So essentially how embossing works is that you would draw your design with the ink that’s slow drying and that’s what these
embossing pens are. They’re filled with ink that dry slowly, so while the ink is
still wet on the surface you dust over the embossing powder, and then you shake
off or shake off the rest and then leave the design with the embossing powder
stick on it, and then you apply heat to the area and then when the
embossing powder melts it creates a permanent bond to the surface. So let’s
do some quick demonstration on how that works. With the Ranger embossing pen it
comes with a clear and the black. They do the same thing except that one is clear
ink, you can barely see and the other is black these inks they look normal but the
thing is that they are slow drying so you can have time to draw out your
design and then dust the powder on obviously when you have a clear ink it’s
hard to see what you have drawn. So whenever possible you
might want to use the black one because then you see what you’re
doing. But then there are cases where if your embossing powder is going to be a
lighter color or you actually want to use a clear embossing powder then you
might not want to use the black. So I’m going to show you the difference result
of these two. Now I have a written word in clear and black I’m going to dust
over the clear powder. So while you’re working on embossing powder you might
also want to have just a scrap piece of paper underneath to catch any embossing
powder, because it does get messy and you want to liberally dust the powder all over the writing and now it’s time to use the heat gun, so
with the heat gun, it’s not the same as a blow dryer, blow dryer blows out a lot of
air, so you don’t want that, because then you’re gonna blow over the powder
everywhere, then it’s not gonna work so with the heat gun, it doesn’t have much air but not too much, otherwise would just be a heater so there is some air and you want to turn
it on for a couple of seconds until it gets ready and hot, and when you apply heat over your embossing powder you want to have maybe two-inch in distance. If you’re too close you’re gonna burn the powder too much,
it’s gonna bubble up and it might even burn the paper or whatever surface
you’re working on, so leave about two inch and then you want to work slowly
across so now I am going to turn on the heat gun, you might not hear what I’m saying but as I said, keep about two-inch from the surface and then move slowly across the design as you see the powder melt, you can see the changing in
the texture okay so now we can see that when the embossing powder melts you can see it
creates this is like a ghost embossing and then the black has a
raised embossing shine to it, so this is what the clear embossing powder does. I’m going to do the same thing on a color paper so now as you can see even though it’s a
clear embossing but when you do it on a color paper it gives darker shades. It’s a nice effect and it works on any color paper if you’re just going to freehand write your design and then do the embossing then all you need is the
embossing pen the embossing powder and the heat gun. But let’s say if you have a
design that you want to transfer onto the cover, in this case, my moleskin
journal cover, you might be intimidated to just freehand draw your lettering on
it, so I’m going to show you a few ways to transfer your design onto a cover.
Let’s say if I have a design that I want to transfer on to this color paper of
course you can simply write out your design here and then just rewrite it again with your embossing pen but then the thing is when you’re just drawing here you make mistake and then
you want to erase it you might be doing too much erasing and
then redrawing on this paper so I would suggest you have the design ready on a
piece of tracing paper that way you can align your design to center or position
where you want it and then in this case if it’s a color that’s not too dark like a black or brown you can simply just trace it over
with a pencil but then apply some pressure. So as you apply pressure to it
you are making an impression on this piece of paper so what you can later on
come back with your embossing pen and then write over that impression, so
that’s the one way you can do it and the second way you can if you want a more
clear transfer you can take a pencil or charcoal and then on the backside of
your tracing paper you color it with your pencil, that way it
has a layer of graphite and then when we write over the design you will get a transfer with the pencil
or the graphite, then you can go over again with your embossing pen either the black
one or the clear one, and then do the powder afterward, if you want to design
something on the darker paper like a black or a brown color paper, it’s really dark the first method with the impression
might still work, it would be a little hard to tell because it’s so dark,
and if we using the pencil it’s still hard to tell because it’s just kind of
dark, so in that case then we can do a reverse one, I have this other design, not really a design just some words and I have a piece of chalk, this is just
a regular talk and I’m going to do the same thing I did with graphite but
this time with the chalk, so now I have chalk on the backside of this tracing
paper I’m gonna flip it over and this time when I trace it over again with the pencil applying some pressure as I write you’ll get a white transfer, and then you
can go back with your embossing pen to write over your design. Another thing is that there are two embossing pen, one is a clear and one is black, they work the
same way except if your embossing powder is going to be a lighter color then you
don’t want to use a black pen, because in might show through, and if you’re using a
black embossing powder on a lighter surface, say if I use this one on a pink envelope and if I want to have a black embossing then I might want to use
the black pen because in area that embossing powder didn’t stick as well it
won’t show that much because the writing is also black. So let’s go ahead and
make some customized journal cover with this heat embossing techniqueSo here I
have a moleskin cahier journal, it’s a soft covered journal in craft color, so I’m
going to use the impression technique since it’s just paper cover so I can
just use a regular ball pen to trace it over while applying pressure,
then I can just trace over the impression So obviously if you’re
confident you can also just draw your design on the cover directly, but I
usually like to make sure I have to layout decided and then instead of
just drawing on directly on the cover because I might change my mind and then
erase and then change the design and then just do too much erasing and
redrawing on the cover, but if your design is simple enough if it’s just one
word or two words, then you know definitely you can just draw directly on
the cover, so while you’re drawing make sure you actually apply enough pressure that you get an impression on the cover
itself now that I have made the impression on
the cover it’s probably a little bit hard to see on the screen but I can see
it pretty good so I’m going to trace it over with a black embossing pen, because
I want to do the embossing in black so now we’re ready for embossing powders
and before I do that I’m going to put an extra sheet of paper underneath, just to
catch the powders, and while we dust over the embossing powder we want to be very
liberal and generous while we pour it over our designs, so it covers the whole area with embossing powder, and you know I think that’s why they sell it in such a
big bottle because then you can really make sure all the areas are covered, and
while you’re doing this make sure there are no running fans or your windows are not open, or you don’t have food nearby and you don’t want to be breathing
heavily because you do not want to inhale this, I’m pretty sure these are
not edible so make sure you’re not breathing heavily and inhale the powder and when we dump off the excess you can
see you some areas that didn’t quite catch all the powder, so just go over to
where you see this still needs a second dusting so we’re tapping off more excess powders,
and you might see areas that still have powders remaining on the surface on the
places that you don’t want to have the powder so you can just use an old brush
to clean off those areas, and before we turn on the heat gun let’s just put
these powder back to its jar, now we’re ready for the heat gun, so before you
turn it on there are a few things to note, first you don’t have to be super
close to the design and second is that you want to move slowly, you want to only
move across the surface when you see the texture change, when you see the
embossing powder melts you will see it the difference, so move
slowly and then don’t be too close then here I’m using the clear embossing
pen and clear embossing powder to just add some embellishment. That’s it for
this one it’s a really nice black shine and it has a nice bump, I really like it! Now for the second coverm I’m going to
use the Moleskine soft cover journal and I’m just going to get the rubber band
out of the way, and I’m going to do the same design but because this time it’s a
soft cover it’s going to be hard to actually get an impression by using the
first technique so what I’m going to do is to do the graphite technique, so here
I’m just covering the backside of the tracing paper with pencil marks or with
graphite, just color all over it and then I turn it over positioning it
on the cover and I’m just tracing over with a pencil to transfer that graphite
onto the cover. So now I have this faint transfer of this design, it’s good enough
for me to just trace it over again with the embossing pen, and then again I’m
using the black embossing powder and dust very liberally all over the
design and then remove the excess, and then apply the
heat and this time I’m going to use the clear embossing pen to draw the
embellishment but I’m going to use the gold powder just for a different look so there you have it, an embossed softcover
Moleskin journal. So for the third cover I am going to use this Moleskin black
hardcover sketchbook, and I’m going to do a different design. This is designs
from my last video if you’re interested don’t forget to check it out. I’m
going to transfer this design on this black cover, it’s going to be tricky
because it’s black cover, so I’m going to use this white chalk method where I just
cover the backside of the design and then trace it over again on the cover so
I can get that white transfer of the design so here I have a pretty good impression of the design, it’s not super detailed but it’s good enough for me to
just go over and trace it again, I think I’m going to use a gold embossing
powder so here it doesn’t matter if I use the clear embossing pen or the black
one but I’m going to use a clear one Like I said I’m going to use the gold embossing powder and the same thing you’d dusted all over generously
and then just remove the excess and then applied heat onto the gold embossing
powder after the embossing powder is set you can just use a paper towel to wipe
off the chalk. So here are my three customized journal covers with heat
embossing technique, I hope you give it a try it’s really fun especially if you
want to make something unique for yourself or as a gift. I hope you find
this video helpful and don’t forget to give it a thumbs up, all the material
used in this video are linked in the description box, and don’t forget to come
back next week for more tips and tricks on calligraphy and hand lettering

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