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Distress Embossing Powders – embossing tips

Distress Embossing Powders – embossing tips

Ranger is pleased to introduce Distress Embossing Powders, created with our Senior Designer and Educator Tim Holtz™.

Ranger is pleased to introduce Distress Embossing Powders, created with our Senior Designer and Educator Tim Holtz™. These 24 colors have been formulated to coordinate with Ranger’s Distress Ink line of stamp pads. With their unique texture and matte finish, these powders will give your projects an aged, weathered, and worn look. And best of all, the powders have unique “release crystals” that can be rubbed off after embossing, to give your projects just the right amount of “Distress”!

In order to get the best results from your Distress Powders we have offered some helpful Instructions, Tips and Techniques:

Tips:
1. Shake jar before each use to evenly distribute the release crystals.

2. As with regular embossing, use a well-inked stamp to apply ink to your surface, sprinkle Distress Powder onto image and tap off excess. Emboss using Ranger’s Inkssentials™ Heatit™ Craft Tool or similar Heat Tool until powder turns a slightly deeper tone – unlike traditional powders these will not turn shiny.

3. For best results it is recommended you emboss with Distress Ink inks (yes, the dye inks!), Distress Embossing Ink or the Inkssentials Two Tone Big and Bossy™ Pad (Clear and Black Embossing Ink together in one pad). Note: If embossing with watermark or pigment inks, you will still get the matte, textured look and feel from the Distress Powders, but you will have less or no rub off.

4. To distress, emboss image and allow to cool for a few seconds. Lightly rub embossed image with your finger or Cut n’ Dry Foam to remove the special release crystals. Some colors release more than others, so don’t worry if some rub off more or less …it’s part of the “aged” look.

5. Because some Distress Embossing Powder colors only change slightly when heated, here is tip for knowing when the embossing is complete: if the feel of the embossing when cooled is like sandpaper, it has been heated enough. If it is too loose like sand on the beach, heat it some more. 6. Some Distress Powders look better on light or dark papers. Practice with all of the colors and you’ll get a better feel on what to expect when embossed.

7. For a textured, aged effect, take a piece of Cut n’ Dry Foam with Distress or Clear Embossing Ink on it, accent areas of paper, wood or paper mache and emboss with Distress Powders.

8. To create a wonderful combination of color and texture, crumple a tag and hit high points with Clear Embossing Ink using Cut n’ Dry Foam. Emboss with Distress Powders and allow to cool. Ink another piece of Cut n’ Dry Foam with coordinating color of Distress Ink and rub over embossed tag. This will remove the release crystals as well as ink the background of the tag – amazing results!

As with all Ranger products, we recommend that you experiment and play with different colors and techniques to achieve your desired look.

Ranger is pleased to introduce Distress Embossing Powders, created with our Senior Designer and Educator Tim Holtz™.