This is a tip direct from my friend and stamper Sally, AKA Dragonquilt: “Remember to use a hard surface when embossing. I just melted my carpet!!!!”
I myself like to use a foil-covered “wood” clipboard. When it gets messy with stray melted embossing powder, I simply cover it with another piece of foil. Using it has several advantages:
- You can clip the panel to the board so your hands are free (and away from the heat).
- Supposedly the heat generated from the foil on the back of your project keeps it from warping. I’m not so sure I believe this; I think it’s an old wives’ tale. Since I am an old wife, I thought it fit to include it here.
- You save yourself the cost of new carpeting and/or the displeasure of a spouse or parent.
One more tip is that if you are heating a small piece with embossing powder all over it (as in the Faux Diamond Dust technique on this tag), begin — before you turn it on — by pointing the heat tool directly (straight) down on the material. That way it won’t blow across the room and adhere itself with molten EP to a friend or pet. Ahem.
Be warned: we are using embossing on three different project this month in camp. Let’s stay away from the carpeting, people!