How It Works
When embossing powder is heated the particles melt together forming a raised plastic image. This process is perfect for batik. The embossing powder seals the image from accepting color, while the surrounding paper is able to absorb it.
Start by stamping an image onto white paper using a Versamark ink pad. Next, sprinkle the image with clear embossing powder, tapping off the excess. Finally, heat with a heat tool until it becomes shiny. That's it!
Time For Color
This is the part where you can get a variety of effects. There are many ways to add color and effects, and it really just depends on the look you would like. Listed below are some examples. Try what interests you.
Watercolor Wash: Add washes of soft hues or vibrant strokes of intense color.
Shadow Stamps: Use a shadow stamp that is larger than the embossed image. Ink the shadow stamp with pigment or dye ink, I like to spritz with a bit of water, then stamp.
Direct to Paper with an ink pad: Rub or blot with dye or pigment ink pad until color has saturated the paper as in the black script piece on the tag above.
Antique Stains: Tea, coffee or walnut stains work great with this technique.
Brayer with dye ink: Brayer over the paper with ink, reapplying when needed.
Two color batik: Stamp and emboss with one color, then overstamp with another color as in the "Star" tag at the left. Clean embossed image before ironing.
Now that you have added colors and effects, it is time to finish you piece.
First, if any of the inks or stains are on the embossed image you will want to wipe them off with a damp paper towel before the next step. Also remember to allow your piece to dry if you have used any wet solutions. Place it between two sheets of blank newsprint and heat with an iron on a med/high setting. As you iron, you will see the embossing powder melt into the newsprint.
Now you can use your batik to create a lovely card or accent to a scrapbook layout.