Embossing 101: Geometric Party Bags DIY


I recently bought a heat gun and discovered I have really been missing out, because embossing is addictive and that’s the only thing I’ve been using this heat gun for. If you’re new to embossing, it is similar to regular stamping. Unlike stamping, however, this process actually raises the surface, adding a new dimension to the item you’re embossing. AND it gives the surface a more foiled or metallic look.

So, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been embossing pretty much everything you can think of from gift tags to card stock, with the stamps I already owned. BUT I have been (patiently) waiting for these amazing stamps to arrive in the mail so I could really get crackin’ on some projects. The stamps are finally here (thanks Mom for the b-day present) and I’m ready to roll. Are you with me?

Let’s make some embossed, geometric party bags…


For embossing, you’ll need a few basic materials to get started:

  • a heat gun
  • embossing clear ink stamp pad
  • stamps (any stamp will work – or make your own)
  • embossing powder
  • sheet of paper (to catch excess embossing powder)

*And in addition to those materials, you’ll also need small, white paper bags to make the embossed favor bags pictured.

How-To: 1. Press the stamp into your clear ink pad, then gently press the stamp (with even pressure) onto the surface you want to emboss. 2. Next, apply embossing powder generously over the entire surface, and then tap the excess powder back into the jar. 3. Turn on your heating tool and hover over the stamped surface until you see the powder start to turn. You’ll be able to see the change. 4. Continue moving the heating tool over the remainder of the stamped surface until the entire stamp has changed. It will look more like a foil at that point and will be slightly raised. Let it cool. Done.






Fill party favor bags with candy, popcorn, cherries, confetti, etc, and give ’em to guests as they are leaving to say thanks for coming.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch

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Brittni Mehlhoff (@papernstitch) | May 23rd, 2013 at 8:01 am

Oh goodness! I love embossing, too! It’s so much fun! Those stamps are to die for – I’ve been busting out all of my old stamps lately to make cards for everyone who is either having a baby or getting married. Hahaha.

Margeaux | May 23rd, 2013 at 9:00 am

Definitely a lot of fun Margeaux. I’m kind of addicted now.

papernstitch | May 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 am

THis is a great post, thankyou! I’ve tried embossing a couple of times but ended up with greasy paper 🙁 Hopefully this tutorial will help me get it right next time 🙂

AM | May 23rd, 2013 at 10:12 am

Greasy paper? Hmm…Is it being caused by excess ink from the stamp pad? If so, I’d recommend turning the stamp pad upside down and bringing it down to the stamp, applying very light pressure (instead of pressing the stamp down onto the stamp pad). That may help. And also, if you have a lot of ‘blank’ space on your stamp and the ink adheres to it, wipe off as much excess as possible with a paper towel or dry rag before stamping it onto the surface that is being embossed. That happened to me a few times with the stamps I was using and wiping the excess ink before pressing fixed the problem immediately.

papernstitch | May 23rd, 2013 at 10:30 am

I love those stamps! I’m expecting little numbers to be by them so I can solve a much dreaded geometry problem. I love it. Just gorgeous.
Love, Richelle from Lynn + Lou

Richelle from Lynn & Lou | May 23rd, 2013 at 10:36 am

I love the way embossing looks but I have never tried it myself. I would love to try this out! xx. McKenna Lou

McKenna Lou Ryan | May 23rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

Aw, thanks Richelle and McKenna. Definitely give it try. So much fun (and super fast to do too).

papernstitch | May 23rd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Those stamps are amazing. What a great way to use them! So fun!

Steph | May 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Thanks Steph. Present & Correct carries such amazing little goodies. Don’t they?

papernstitch | May 23rd, 2013 at 1:30 pm

these turned out so great. the stamps are perfect. i just ordered a few shapes from P&C. thanks for the tut!

katrina | May 23rd, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thanks Katrina. These stamps are my favorite (ever). I bet you’ll come up with lots of fun ways to use these little guys. Appreciate you stopping by.

papernstitch | May 23rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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Claire Zinnecker (@clairezinnecker) | May 23rd, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Such an adorable idea… anyway to recreate this technique without a heatgun per-say?
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Elizabeth | May 23rd, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hmm…I’ve heard of crafters using a blow dryer (on the lowest heat) or over a hot lightbulb to melt the embossing powder. BUT I’ve never tried these methods, so I don’t know if they are safe / effective. You can buy a heat gun at the craft store (or on Amazon) for as low as $15, so I’d recommend going with the real thing if you can. Good luck!

papernstitch | May 23rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm

These are so fun! If we had treats like these when I was back in school I might have been more motivated to do my math homework..

Kathleen | May 23rd, 2013 at 5:25 pm

What a great idea! Such cute little bags.

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Alexandra Pettinato | May 23rd, 2013 at 5:36 pm

So obsessed! Those stamps are insane-amazing. I’m pretty sure when I first got my heat gun I embossed EVERYTHING. It’s the best!
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Kelly @ Studio DIY | May 23rd, 2013 at 6:04 pm

You have inspired me to get embossing! I want to do all this sort of DIY stuff but I always manage to find other things to do (like the washing and cleaning the dogs ears hahaha)
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Little Miss Mon Bon (Monique) | May 23rd, 2013 at 9:07 pm

This is a really nice tutorial! I love the background that you took these photos on. Fun and geometric! 🙂
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Jenn V | May 24th, 2013 at 12:18 am

MUST try this fun #DIY embossing project: http://t.co/MDP2iUU7N1 via @papernstitch

Etsy NY (@EtsyNY) | May 24th, 2013 at 10:35 am

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@stephdank | May 24th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

This is such a great DIY! So fun.

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