Heat Embossing Part 1: Embossing Pen Reviews

In today’s post I want to talk about heat embossing your lettering and review some embossing ink pens.  Heat embossing is a great way to add variety and interest to your lettering projects.  In order to emboss your letters, you need a heat emboss ink pen, embossing powder, and a heat gun.  In today’s post I am going to review pens from three brands and let you know which pens have given me the best results.  We will be discussing pens with a bullet tip and with a brush tip.  Then next week I will have a fun birthday card tutorial for you using heat embossing!  Let’s get started.

Versamarker

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The Versamarker embossing pen was the first embossing pen that I was introduced to.  The pen has two tips: a bullet tip and a brush pen tip.  I personally do not like the embossing results from this pen.  I find that there isn’t enough ink on the page from this pen for the embossing powder to stick to so the results are not very smooth.   The brush pen tip is also very flexible and hard to control.

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Ranger Emboss It Pens

The ranger embossing pen set comes with 2 pens, a white and a black pen.  These pens only come in one style, a bullet tip.  I really liked these pens and felt that they held up pretty well when embossed.  The black pen is great when you are working on white paper so you can see what you are writing.   Just make sure to go over the black ink twice to ensure the embossing powder sticks to the ink and you don’t have any black ink peeking through after you are done heating the embossing power.

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American Craft Pens

These pens are my absolutely favorite.  They come in a set of three tips: broad tip, medium tip, and a brush tip.  When writing on white paper, the pen has a light pink hue to allow you to read what you are writing but it doesn’t show through after embossing.  The pens have really good ink flow and provide very smooth results when embossing.   The brush pen tip is not very flexible and reminds me to the tombow fudenosuke pens. These pens were the clear winner for me when testing all three brands.  I like that the pens come in a set of three different tips which gives me a flexibility to provide a lot of different projects. 

At the time this post was written, the American Craft three pack of pens is the cheapest of the three options.  So if you are in the market for embossing pens for lettering – definitely check out the American Craft Pens and let me know what you think.  These are my opinion on the pens I tried so its important to understand that the best way to know what works for you is to try different things. 

Below is a photo of embossing results using the pens above.  In the first line of the first photo, I had trouble seeing what I wrote with the clear Ranger pen on white paper so I didn’t follow the writing completely when I went over it a second time. 

Top to bottom: Ranger clear emboss it pen, Versamarker dual tip pen, American Crafts medium tip, Ranger black emboss it pen

Top to bottom: Ranger clear emboss it pen, Versamarker dual tip pen, American Crafts medium tip, Ranger black emboss it pen

Top pen: American Craft brush tip. Bottom pen: Versamarker dual tip pen.

Top pen: American Craft brush tip. Bottom pen: Versamarker dual tip pen.

This post is not sponsored by any brands and I purchased all of the supplies used with my own money.  Links provided above for the pens are not affiliate links.