Between all of the holiday entertaining and gifting that takes place this time of year, projects that are fun, easy, and work well for either, are taking major priority this year. This project is quite literally a 5 minute project and will make your bar cart look amazing even when it's off-duty. I also think this would be a fabulous hostess gift, or a special gift for someone who loves to entertain. Just think of all the possibilities… Monograms, snowflakes, confetti… so so good! It's possible I think this every time but this might be my favorite project so far in my ongoing series with Bernzomatic (to catch up on past projects, click here).
Let's get at it!
Lay out a couple of sheets of paper to work over, this will help you recapture your embossing powder later. Then either paint, draw, or stamp your embossing ink onto your mug. For this design, I used a paint brush, but the pens I linked to earlier would have been super duper helpful.
Then lightly sprinkle your design with embossing powder.
Gently shake off the excess and let things sit for a minute to dry. Once your ink has dried a bit, use a dry brush to remove the remaining powder from the areas that aren't part of your design.
Set your mug on your tripod or a heat tolerant surface and be sure to clear away any paper or other flammable items. Then with your heat gun attachment on your torch, press the ignite button and lightly heat your powder. Keep your torch moving so you aren't focused on one area for too long and be sure to hold it about 4 inches away. You will see your embossing powder heat up and begin to melt which is all it needs to do to become permanent. Let your beauty cool down and that is it, donzo!
The hardest part of this entire project is deciding on a pattern or design – and depending on what that design is, it might be hard to stamp onto a curved surface. Otherwise it is so simple and takes just a few minutes. Get an assembly line going and you will have a whole new round of fancy mugs for your next party or to give all of your friends!