Originally Posted by DawniStamps
1. That image made me giggle.
2. I'm going to have to look into embossing more. We sell embossers at Stamp-Connection but it doesn't sound like the same thing you are talking about. Ours are a metal clip with a positive and negative image that press the paper itself into different shapes and I don't have much experience with one.
There are two types of embossing: heat embossing and dry embossing. The tools Stamp-Connection sells are what are referred to as dry embossing.
To save on space and fundage, I recently have gone with Tim Holtz' Distress Inks because I found out (and it is true) that those inks stay wet enough long enough that they can be heat embossed.
Also, with heat embossing, you will need the following:
a heat gun (NOT a blow dryer) - this will heat the embossing powder and more or less weld it to the cardstock
pigment ink or Tim Holtz Distress ink - these will both stay wet enough long enough for the embossing powder to stick to
a folded piece of cardstock to tap the excess embossing powder onto and will assist in putting the excess back into it's original container
I'm not very adept to heat embossing, although I know the basics. I stick with heat setting the ink alone and that's good enough for me.
I wouldn't be without the following:
a bone folder
a variety of 80# cardstock (most inkjet printers will argue with it)
I highly suggest that before you buy inks, papers, stamps and tools, try to narrow down what it is you want to achieve.
My favorites are coloring with my Prismacolor pencils and hand cutting images using my CutterBee scissors. Try not to spread yourself thin otherwise it can become quite overwhelming to the point of quitting. Been there done that. Not fun.