Thursday, June 19, 2008

Heat and Stick ideas

Recently I was asked how to use Stampin' Up!'s Heat and Stick powder... so I thought I would share some tips. These are compiled from a thread on Splitcoaststampers. The link to the entire thread is HERE. And some highlights are below.

Heat and Stick Powder
... notes on how to use it!!

With heat and stick powder you stamp with versa mark or craft ink, heat just until it is melting, then quickly sprinkle the glitter on, tap off and zap with the heat gun quickly again. That should work.
I find it's cleaner than glue. When I use glue I end up with sticky fingers, a glue fingerprint on the cs, glue in kitty's fur, you name it.
It works wonderfully to adhere flocking and PearlEx, too!

Love Heat-n-Stick! Works for glitter, Pearl Ex, foil, sand, microbeads, flocking and metallic leaf. The secret is to not heat it very long -- melts faster than embossing powder, then resist the urge to touch it. Trust that it is very sticky but it won't be where you touch it!

I love heat & stick powder! Stamp your image with versamark or craft ink and sprinkle heat & stick powder on it (just like you would do with embossing powder). Then use your heat tool but don't overheat (very important). Heat it just until it starts to melt and then sprinkle glitter, pearl ex, etc. on it. I also usually run the heat tool over it very briefly after adding the glitter (or whatever) to set it. Again, do not overdo it. Overheating tends to dry it out and decrease the stickiness.

Using craft ink (instead of versamark) with heat & stick powder and dazzling diamonds gives the image color, like you used colored glitter or stamped with color and glittered over it.

This makes the most beautiful snowflakes, among other things. It works really well with solid and line art stamps. Glitter tends to obscure the details in very detailed stamps so it's not always the best for that. This is a really fun technique and has a high "wow" factor. Try it with chipboard. This works well with 2-step stamping. Stamp the base image with dye ink and then use a stamp-a-majig (my fave tool) to line up and stamp the highlight image with versamark or craft and use heat & stick with glitter so only part of the image is highlighted with glitter.

I like it for unusual scratch & sniff scents like cinamon for hearts or cocoa powder for chocolate because you can apply powders or spices directly to the H & S and not dilute them with EP.

Also, there is a fabulous tutorial by Veronica's Kreations, showing a couple uses for Heat and Stick.

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