I have lots of project ideas floating around in my head, and have started jotting them down in small notebooks so that I don’t forget them. I like Moleskine Pocket Journals- they are small but sturdy, and attractive to boot. Plus, they make a great blank canvas for personalization! I embossed mine- this technique is easy to do, but gives impressively polished results. And most importantly, it is really fun!
What you need:
Embossing powder (you will find embossing supplies in your local craft store near the rubber stamps)
Embossing gel stamp pad
Paper to pour the extra powder on to (printer paper works fine)
Heat source (stove)
This works like a combo of rubber stamping, and gluing glitter on stuff like you used to do when you were a kid.
- Take a piece of paper and fold a
crease down the middle of it. This
doesn’t have anything to do with the embossing, but will make your clean-up
Tip: Use a separate piece of paper for each color of embossing powder that you use- otherwise your colors will end up with remnants of the other colors in them.
- Place your Moleskine Journal in
the middle of the paper, and pick which stamp you want to use to emboss it. Decide where on the journal you want to place
- Using your embossing gel stamp pad
and a clean rubber stamp, stamp your design on your journal just like you would
if you were using regular rubber stamp ink.
Set your rubber stamp aside.
- Pour the embossing powder over
your newly-stamped design, making sure to get good coverage. The powder will stick to the gel.
- Pick up journal, and turn at an
angle so that extra powder slides off on to paper. Tap a few times to get off any additional
Use Q-tip to carefully remove any left-over powder that remains outside of your design.
- Set aside your stamped journal,
and pick up the paper, letting the extra embossing powder slide down to the
fold. Tilt the paper and pour the left-over powder
back into its original container for future use.
- Set your stove burner to
Hold journal so that front is curved- this will keep the cover edges from curling. Very carefully (don’t burn your fingers!), hold the notebook close to the stove burner until the powder melts.
You will probably need to turn your notebook a little over the heat it so that the entire design gets melted, and if your stove is hot, the powder will melt in just a few seconds.
It will turn from tiny grains of powder...
Into a nice smooth shiny surface.
- Set aside your notebook and let it
- Make more!