I had all but given up on heat embossing. The stray embossing powder was threatening to make me absolutely crazy!
Then, one day on the Close to My Heart consultant bulletin board, I read a tip, attributed to Tresa Black on how to create your own little anti-static piece of perfection! (Just a quick note. When I asked Tresa permission to post, she let me know that she didn't come up with the idea, that it was just one of her favorite techniques).
So, I tried it. After all, what did I have to lose? And you know what? It works; it really really works!
Step 1: Gather your supplies: An old pair of pantyhose or knee highs (I prefer all over control for this technique), Corn Starch, a measuring scoop, a stiff wider paint brush, and a fine point paint brush.
Step 2: If you are using full pantyhose, cut off one of the legs, closer to the ankle (the length of a knee high). Using the measuring scoop, place a tablespoon or two of corn starch in the toe of the stocking. Tie a knot. Then, fold the pantyhose back over itself and tie another knot. Trim the excess. It will look something like this:
Step 3: Gather your other embossing supplies: embossing powder, ink and a craft heat gun.
Step 4: Swipe the cornstarch anti-static bag over the piece of cardstock. At this point, I use the stiff brush to wipe off the excess cornstarch. I then stamp my image, and add embossing powder. Using the fine detail brush, I remove the stray pieces of embossing powder. I then heat emboss, and voila - no stray pieces!
Step 5: Complete and finish the card.