Emboss Like a BossJun 24, 2021
How many of you watch lettering videos on Instagram and are mesmerized by how easy artists make it look… until you try it yourself? That was me, and let’s be honest, it still is me, for endless hours on any given day that ends in Y. Watch video, attempt to mimic, get frustrated, throw away, repeat. Throughout the past 2 years, I have practiced all different styles and techniques and used different mediums along my journey trying to mimic those artists I was obsessed with. One technique that always stuck out to me was embossing. I had never seen this method until I started doing nothing with my time other than lurking on IG. This was the one thing that looked so fancy but actually wasn’t that hard when I tried it for the first time! So, today, I’m sharing this process with you and the materials needed to achieve this look.
Hello, I’m Jamie! Let’s emboss like a boss!
- 1 sheet of black cardstock and 1 sheet of white paper
- Ranger Blush Pearl Embossing Powder
- Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
- Ranger Emboss It Pen (black)
- Fan brush and paint brush size 3
- Embossing Heat Tool
STEP 1: Letter It Be
Using your Ranger Emboss It pen, lay down your lettering on the black cardstock. The thicker the lines, the better your embossing powder will stick when you get to that step. I suggest going over your lettering twice to ensure you haven’t missed any spots with your embossing pen.
STEP 2: Emboss Like a Boss
Using your Ranger Blush Pearl Embossing Powder, cover the top half of your letter design. Let the embossing powder sit there for 30 seconds to ensure it is sticking to the embossing ink you laid down. I always use more than I need because the weight of the powder piled on each other helps push it onto the ink. This might not really be the case, but it makes me feel better.
After the powder has sat on the embossing ink, you will then place your white piece of paper under your black piece of paper. Pour the blush embossing powder from your black paper onto the white paper and tap a couple of times to get the excess to fall off. You will then fold the white piece of paper slightly and pour the powder back into its container.
Repeat step 2 with the gold powder.
STEP 3: Brush Away the Pain
Using your small paintbrush, very carefully brush away the excess powder that has stuck to the paper around the letters. Be careful not to brush the powder off the embossing ink. This step is slow and tedious and rather annoying, but also necessary. Then, using your fan brush, wipe away all of the excess powder spread around the rest of your paper, not close to the letters.
Too advanced? Don't worry, you can give it a go with a simple embossing technique first and then come back here to level it up!
STEP 4: Let's Get Lit
Now that you have your letter design perfect and just the way you want it (or you have given up on brushing the excess away and can live with your end product), turn your heating tool on and let it warm up for a solid minute. Don’t put your hand in front of it to check if it’s hot. It hurts. You will then slowly move the heating tool over your lettering and watch the glorious science experiment unfold.
STEP 5: Stay In Your Line
This step isn’t necessary, but for some reason, I always like to add a little shadow line with white ink. For this, I use a Gelly Roll pen, size 10. You can choose what side of the letters to put your white lines. I choose the right side 99% of the time, but you do you.
STEP 6: Promoted to Embossing Royalty
You did it! Now, take a step back and admire the beauty you just created! YOU created that! Take a picture. Post it all over social media. Hang it on your refrigerator. Mail it to the President. You get to do whatever you want with it because it’s your art!
Well that was fun right? You can also try embossing using the gold foil method, give it a shot and make something magical.
Hi everyone! Jamie Russell here, the face behind Letter This By Jamie. As you can tell from the blog above, I try not to take myself too seriously. When I’m not creating and obsessing over lettering, you’ll more than likely find me at one of three places – school, supervising a school event (I’m a high school assistant principal), or lying on my couch, cuddling my dogs, exhausted from the day-job hustle. I actually began my lettering journey 2 ½ years ago as an outlet for stress. I figured I could only continue drinking so much wine, but I could letter all I wanted! That simple outlet has paved the way for some amazing opportunities for which I didn’t plan. Other things I enjoy – board games, barbeques on a sunny day, riding my bike, and going to sporting events. I’m super competitive and will jeopardize any relationship to win! I’m sure with that said, you’d love to come hang out with me! Hit me up on my Instagram or Facebook (both @letterthisbyjamie). I’d love to chat with you!