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Heat-Embossed Personalized Stationery

This technique is the perfect way to send personalized messages any day of the year.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009


  • Clear acrylic stamp mount

  • Letter stamp set

  • Card Stock

  • Embossing pad

  • Embossing powder

  • Heat gun

  • Decorative stamps


  1. Arrange clear letters on stamp mount.

  2. Press lettered stamp onto embossing pad. Stamp onto card using firm, even pressure.

  3. Sprinkle embossing powder over stamped design. Tap card to remove excess powder. Brush gently with a makeup brush to remove any more excess powder around the design.

  4. Hold a heat gun two inches from the design and move the nozzle in a circular motion, melting the powder-coated areas. Gently wave the card to cool and set the design.

  5. Repeat with other decorative stamps, if desired.

  6. If the paper curls after you have finished the design, heat the back of the card, and fan it again. Place the card under a heavy book for 5-10 minutes (this will not smudge the design).

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