If it wasn’t evidenced enough by my post at the end of the year, I am currently in a state of obsession over heat embossing. Until now, I had never embossed anything in my life. I’m not a paper crafter, and I was under the impression that you could only use the fun embossing powders with stamps, ink and paper. All I knew was that you saturated a rubber stamp using an embossing ink pad, stamped a piece of paper, sprinkled the embossing powder over the ink (much like glitter) and then used a heat source to make the powder stick and raise to the surface.
Once I discovered that you could use embossing powder without stamps, my brain went into overdrive. I literally lost sleep (See? Obsession.) trying to figure out something different to emboss. I decided that I really wanted to try it on a large scale on a t-shirt, but I couldn’t find any evidence through Google that you could use embossing powder on fabric.
I took that as a challenge.
For my first project of the year, I am sharing with you how I came up with a method for heat embossing on fabric. The result is incredible, and I am having a hard time shouting from the rooftops about how awesome this looks. Since I’m equally obsessed (okay, slightly more obsessed) with roller derby than I am with heat embossing on fabric, I obviously had to meld the two into one project – a Skate It Off roller derby themed tee. You can easily use this tutorial to make a shirt with any design on the front, though. I may be making a few more with other messages or pictures.