Ranger’s Embossing Powders…they’re not just shiny!
Ranger has a large variety of embossing powders–each with specific features to create exactly the look you want on cards and scrapbook pages. Try using the same stamped image on white cardstock with different powders and discover the numerous looks you can achieve. Stamp on black cardstock to see how the same embossing powders create a very different effect!
Ranger was the first to bring heat embossing to rubber stampers in 1980. We originally started with one color, Clear. Now we have created well over 100 powders to choose from ranging in finishes from shiny, metallic, puffy, textured, antiqued, pearlized and glitzy. All of Ranger’s Embossing Powders are non-toxic and acid free for use in Memory Albums and Photo Journals.
Types of Embossing Powders:
Ranger Original Embossing Powders – Ranger’s original embossing powder product line has a variety of embossing powders that create raised metallic, sparkly and opaque finishes.
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel™ (UTEE™) – is a specially formulated, large particle embossing powder. Use a heat tool to produce an extra-thick embossed image or melt UTEE in the Ranger Melting Pot®. Pour into molds to create 3-D artifacts or dip to coat a variety of objects for one-of-a-kind art and jewelry.
Super Fine Detail™ Embossing Powder – Fine embossing powders ideal for very detailed stamp images.
Tim Holtz® Distress Embossing Powder – Specifically designed for creating distressed effects, these embossing powders have a special property that creates a matte, textured look. After embossing, simply rub off the special release crystals to create a weathered, worn effect.
Tips When Embossing:
• Embossing powders can be used over any type of water-based ink including dye, pigment and
embossing inks. When working with dye ink, move quickly since dye ink is fast-drying.
• To stamp with embossing ink, begin by inking your stamp with Ranger Emboss It™ or Tim Holtz® Distress Embossing Ink. Stamp image onto matte or Ranger Gloss Paper.
• Use scrap paper under your stamped image when pouring embossing powder. Remove excess
powder by sliding it off the card surface onto the scrap paper. Tap the back of the image with
your finger to release additional excess powder that doesn’t stick to the embossing ink. Be sure to
return the excess embossing powder on the scrap paper back to the jar for the next use – no
• If any stray embossing powder is still on the paper, use a small paint brush to whisk it off of the
surface – otherwise it will melt onto the paper when heat embossed.
• Remember, when using embossing ink – clear ink will not affect the color of the embossing
powder. Tinted inks might affect the color of the embossing depending upon how clear or light
the base of the embossing powder is. For instance, if the tinted ink has a blue base, and the
embossing powder has a clear base, the finished embossing may appear to have a blue tint.
• Use the Ranger’s Non-Stick Craft Sheet™ to protect your work surface when heat
embossing your stamped image.
• Embossing powders can be melted with the Heat It™ Craft Tool or in the Ranger Melting Pot®!
• When using the Heat It™ Craft Tool, first warm it up for a few seconds before aiming at the
paper to emboss. Hold the craft tool a few inches away from the paper surface and heat evenly.
As soon as you see the embossing change – whether raised, metallic, glitter, or matte, the
heating is completed.
• When using UTEE, slowly bring the craft tool down to the paper surface from several inches
above to warm the UTEE and help it melt more easily.
• Remember when using pigment ink on glossy paper, you must use embossing powder and heat
emboss or the pigment ink will never dry on this non-porous surface.
• Don’t be afraid to mix and match embossing powders to create your own recipes/combinations
for added fun!
• Embossing powders can be used on paper, paper mache, wood, clay and more!