A lot of my customers get frustrated when they try to heat emboss on their handmade cards, especially if they've not used a heat tool before. Here are a few tips:
1. Use a small pair of tweezers to hold your project in place while heating.
2. Cover an 8 x 8 (or larger) piece of plywood with aluminum foil and use this to hold your project while heating. This will protect whatever surface (countertop, table, etc) you are using.
3. If you have a large piece of floor tile left over from a remodel project try using this as a heating surface.
4. Use an Embossing Buddy to rub over the surface of your card stock prior to stamping/heating. This will ensure your embossing powder will only stick where you want it and you won't have random flakes all over your card.
5. If you haven't done much heat embossing, try using one of our outline stamp sets rather than a bold image set; you will use less embossing powder and the heating will go more quickly.
Anne Brown The Stamp Maven firstname.lastname@example.org 972-234-9118 Stampin' Up! Demonstrator