The Sizzix Guide to Heat Embossing

If you're looking to discover the art of Heat Embossing, then you're in the right place because at Sizzix we LOVE Embossing!

In this blog we’ll discuss all the know-hows, tips and tricks you'll need to get cracking with your Embossing Powder and Craft Heat Tool! So, without further ado, let’s look at some commonly asked questions …

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What is Heat Embossing?

Heat Embossing is a way of adding texture to your craft makes. It adds texture to the top of your surface, rather than moulding into your material like regular Embossing Folders.

Combining Embossing Powders and Heat, you can add depth and dimension to your designs, whether that be to enhance some hand lettering or to decorate a handmade invitation!

What do you need for Heat Embossing?

The magic of Heat Embossing means you only need a little to get a lot!
Here is the perfect starter kit:

Then your design is up to you! Embossing Powders will add a vibrant burst of life into a variety of papercrafts and pairs perfectly with the colourful collection of cardstock available at Sizzix!

At Sizzix we have a multitude of accessories to help you on our adventure with Embossing; the Sizzix Funnel Tray, Maker's Tape, Foam Tape and Curved Fine-Tip Tweezers!

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Do you have to Heat Embossing Powder?

Yes - Heat is an essential part of the process! It activates the Embossing Powder Effects, whether that be to shine, mattify or gloss. Having a Craft Heat Tool is key for any keen crafter's toolbox. The Sizzix Heat Tool has a Dual Speed setting, with the higher setting being used for Heat Embossing whilst the lower helps to set paints, inks and glues - reducing your drying time!

What materials and surfaces can you Emboss on?

It works on various surfaces! Flat surfaces are a great way to start, whether on card, paper or notebooks, Heat Embossing offers a great way for enhancing your delightful designs! Our Embossing Powder is perfect for papercrafts especially paired with our cardstock collection. This technique also works perfectly to customize glasses and mugs as a personal gift!

What is Clear Embossing Powder used for?

Clear Embossing Powder works can be used to create a different level of depth and style to your crafts. Using Clear Powders on top of watercolour paint and a multitude of different basis, you can transform your crafts into something new! The Sizzix Crystal Clear Gloss Embossing Powder works perfectly for a stunning iridescent finish!

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How long do you heat the powder?

Heating up the Embossing Powder is an easy process and this is where the magic happens! Slowly move your Sizzix Craft Heat Tool around in a circular motion and watch as the desired effect is unveiled. This will leave you with a shiny, glossy or matte finish! Check out this step-by-step guide on How to Use the Heat Tool & Embossing Powders!

What is the difference between Glitter and Embossing Powder? Can Glitter be used as an Embossing Powder?

Good question! Embossing Powder and Glitter both have a similar job, but the difference is in their material. In other words, Glitter shines on its own without the need for heat but Embossing Powder relies on heat to create the desired effect! Both are a staple to any crafters toolbox, so stock up now at Sizzix!


Lastly, we love to see your creations! Tag us in your makes using the hashtag #mymakingstory. Thank you for reading and we hope to have inspired some new enthusiasts!

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