Easter Egg Embossing
Intricate embellishments are a cinch to make with embossing powder.
Photography: Kate Mathis
Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2011
First, stamp on a design. Use an embossing pad for white patterns such as these; for colored patterns, use a colored ink pad. Sprinkle with the powder; then melt it into a shiny finish that resists dye.
To make "egg cups" for candy: Crack raw eggs near the top with a spoon, empty them, rinse with vinegar, and dye with egg-dye solution.
Embossing pad/colored ink pad
Press a rubber stamp into an embossing or ink pad, then onto a hard-cooked egg. If using an embossing pad, the designs will be clear, so start with just a few designs.
Using a spoon, lightly sprinkle clear embossing powder over the stamped spot, then carefully blow away the excess.
Place egg on a pin-board (a foam board with a grid of pins). Hold heat embossing tool over design to melt powder until it's shiny and solid. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to add additional designs. Dip egg in a strong dye bath for 30 seconds at most (a longer time may loosen the design). Pat dry. Set egg on pin-board to dry.