I have been trying my hand at [tag]digital scrapbooking[/tag] lately and I am not overly enamored with it yet. It has made me truly appreciate the old fashioned way of [tag]scrapbooking[/tag] and embossing is very much a part of that.
I remember getting cards from people that had embossing on them in one form or another and thinking to myself, “I wish I knew how to do that.”
Eventually, I did learn how to embossing. Due in large part to two fabulous sister-in-laws I have. They have encouraged me in every aspect of my scrapbooking ever since I have known them.
I love being able to work with the different materials and to see my creation come to life right in front of me. I love the fact that with embossing everything is textured. It is not flat. It has dimension.
It is very possible that because I am not too sure of my program is the reason I have not taken to digital scrapbooking yet. But I also think to myself, that without the texture and feel, it just does not seem like scrapbooking.
With embossing, which is what I am truly writing about, there are basically two methods you can use. One uses [tag]stamps[/tag], ink, powder, and a [tag]heating gun[/tag]. The other uses a [tag]light box[/tag], stylus, and [tag]stencils[/tag]. I have done both and enjoy the look of both.
And I think that is where you start, what do you want your project to look like? The stylus and stencils will give it texture, but it is more subtle. The ink, powder, and heating gun give it more pizzazz.
Linked below is from About.com. It shows you the two different methods and what is involved. I hope they are helpful.