How To Make A DIY Embossing Buddy

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Yesterday I shared all about heat embossing, a beautiful technique for making cards and other paper projects. I mentioned that one of the materials needed is an embossing buddy, but Stampin Up no longer sells this handy tool. No worries, today I will share how to make a DIY embossing buddy, and it only takes two items that you likely already have at home!

Learn how to make a DIY embossing buddy using pantyhose and cornstarch to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper projects.

First, let’s talk about what an embossing buddy is!

What Is It?

An embossing buddy is a tool used for heat embossing. Prior to stamping and adding embossing powder, the buddy is wiped over the surface of the paper to remove static and moisture.

Want more details on the use of this handy tool? Let’s talk about it.

What Is It For?

The purpose of removing moisture and static from the paper is to prevent excess embossing powder from clinging to it. If excess powder is on the paper when it is heat set, it will permanently be on the paper.

Learn how to emboss paper for beautiful, raised glossy elements on your card and other paper paper craft projects!

You don’t want that excess powder permanently melted onto your cardstock. So let’s start talking about how to make a buddy!

Materials Needed

To make a DIY embossing buddy, you’ll need pantyhose or a child’s sock and cornstarch or baby powder. My example will use pantyhose and cornstarch.

Learn how to make a DIY embossing buddy using pantyhose and cornstarch to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper projects.

How To Assemble

First, gather your materials. Cut about one foot of pantyhouse from the toe up. Place the foot part of the hose into a small cup, and wrap the rest over the top of the cup.

Learn how to make a DIY embossing buddy using pantyhose and cornstarch to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper projects.

Next, use a spoon to add 2 or 3 tablespoons of cornstarch inside the hose.

Learn how to make a DIY embossing buddy using pantyhose and cornstarch to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper projects.

Now you can remove the hose from the cup.

Learn how to make a DIY embossing buddy using pantyhose and cornstarch to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper projects.

Next, tie a knot just above the cornstarch.

Learn how to make a DIY embossing buddy using pantyhose and cornstarch to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper projects.

Now pull the cornstarch ball inside the rest of the hose and knot it again.

Learn how to make a DIY embossing buddy using pantyhose and cornstarch to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper projects.

Learn how to make a DIY embossing buddy using pantyhose and cornstarch to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper projects.

Lastly, cut off the excess.

Learn how to make a DIY embossing buddy using pantyhose and cornstarch to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper projects.

Video Tutorial

I show exactly how to make a DIY embossing buddy in today’s video tutorial!

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My name is Anna Helman and I am a farm wife, mom, step mom, owner of Windmill Lane Farm craft retreat, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, and lover of all things crafty, foody, and outdoorsy. I have a passion for teaching others to make beautiful handmade cards!

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