It seems that Stampendous is really coming along with it’s product lines- so many of their items now can be used in mixed-media and art, as well as traditional stamping. For example, the Opaque Embossing Enamels they sent me- two “aged metallic” and two “shabby” ones- go far beyond “Stamping 101.” Lets take a closer look, shall we?
For the purposes of this review, I received
TThey are described on the website thus:
This chunky, vintage-inspired embossing powder will provide a thick layer of enamel to your artwork. You can impress an inked stamp into it like our Deep Impressionâ„¢ Clear powder. Sprinkle it on your artwork and heat from beneath for a shabby chic/vintage look. Made in the USA.
The grains of the embossing powder are not uniform- as a matter of fact, I found at least three distinct particles in the mix:
Due to the different sized bits and the fact that they are NOT a uniform size, you are going to get different effects depending upon how you apply the Embossing Enamels. If you use a stamp pad to get the particles to adhere before melting, you are more likely to get the smaller bits and glitter to adhere- the larger chunky bits won’t stick as well. But we’ll get to more on that later. FOr now, let’s look at some swatches stamped with an Inkadinkado watermark pad:
So -for you newbies out there, you need to apply heat to these powders to get them to melt together to create a raised, glassy finish. It’s recommended that you use a special heat tool for this purpose- using your hair dryer will blow the bits all over the place.
I was challenged to find other ways to use the enamel and get it to stick to my substraites to make the most of the product. So next I cut a frame out of some Darice adhesive sheets with my Cuttlebug- it works great with punches and dies. I adhered it to some cardstock, then added some Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and hit it with my heat gun.
Then I tried just sprinkling the powder on top of some cardstock and heated it from underneath, making a molten puddle. Then I stamped into it using a cling-mount stamp.
Next, I used a bold outline stamp- as a matter of fact, it’s the Peony Jumbo Cling-Mount SStamp that I reviewed earlier this month. This time, I “double-dipped”- that is, I stamped, embossed it, and then while it was still hot I added another layer of Embossing Enamel and heated it again. By doing it this way, you get a LOT more texture and color.
Definitely a vintage-y look. And I love the texture!
I added some pigment ink to a chipboard shape and “double-dipped”it withe the Aged Silver. I think the result is pretty metallic-y and would substitute for real metal in mixed media and altered art:
I decided to try applying the Embossing Enamels with glue. I added some Inkadinkado glue pen to the raised areas on the branches of this tree embossed with a Darice Embossing Folder (I’m rather obsessed with it right now) and also added some glue and enamels at the bottom to mimic snow.
So down to the nitty-gritty. These Embossing Enamels sell for around $5.99 USD and you get .6 oz, or 17 grams per jar. Of course, it seems like a small jar, but it will last you a really long time, unless you are doing a lot of that “puddle” method. It’s readily available on their website and in brink-and-morter stores.
As of this writing, if you buy it right form the Stampendous website you can get free shipping if your order is over $50 with the code FREESHIP. (Sorry, this is a US-only promotion.)
I think if you are looking for a new way to use Embossing Enamels beyond the traditional stamping- to add texture and color varigation- these will be great for you! I would also not hesitate to use them in translucent polymer clay or in a UTEE melting pot.
Feel free to leave a comment sharing YOUR experiences with Embossing Enamels!
Disclosure: Samples of Embossing Enamels provided for review purposes. I provided link outs to ConsumerCrafts.com products, as I received them to use as I am a member of their Design Team on the CraftsUnleashed blog.
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