Ranger makes a craft sheet that can be used for heat embossing. It's very thin and rolls up. You could place it on top of a flat surface. Description:
This 15” x 18” reusable, protective Non-Stick Craft Sheet form Ranger is the answer to all your craft surface needs! Nothing sticks to it or penetrates its surface! The slick, non-porous material withstands high temperatures and repels liquids. It’s perfect for use when stamping, embossing, ironing, painting, baking, and using Ranger’s Melting Pot. Embossing powders, inks, candle wax, soap chips, paint, hot glue and even solder won’t penetrate or distort its smooth-as-glass finish. Any excess melted product, once cooled, can be easily peeled off. Clean-up is quick and easy, so the Craft Sheet can be used again and again.
I do it a couple of different ways. . . I have the Ranger Inksentials non-stick craft sheet, and it's true nothing sticks to it, and you can heat anything on top of it. I've litterally just layed embossing powder on it and melted it right there. But what I "usually" do is heat emboss in a box. . . that way the embossing powder doesn't fly all over the table, which it tends to do sometimes :-) I use the tweezers to just hold it down on the edge and slowly start heating over until it starts to melt. . .
I do have to say I love that craft sheet. . . inks, paints, glues, embossing powders. . . nothing sticks to it. . .
Edited by ScrappinTraveler on 07-31-13 11:22 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
I craft at my kitchen table, I do use a kraft mat so I don't get ink on my table. I just hold my card or item when I am heat embossing because I can twist it in my hand so my fingers are never hot. I do find that some heat guns are WAY hotter than they need to be! You have to be careful not to over heat your embossing. If that happens, I would suggest a heat gun with two settings. I had a super hot one at first, and often found my fingers to toasty, I ordered a SU heat gun and found that it works better for me and I can control the coverage of heat better.
Scrap printer paper (full size sheets already printed on one side), on top of my wooden work table. I also use that type of paper for a backing when applying glue and ink to stuff, or to test the size of printed items, or to check the color of pens and inks, or to draft journaling or figure out what letters I need for a title - it's from a big stack of paper from a job I left three years ago, waste paper printed on one side with non-sensitive information, and the stack is still at least three inches high.
I have never heat embossed huge sheets of cardstock so I have 2 clipboards - the pressboard (?) kind that are brownish with a metal clip. I have something to hold and tuck a tiny corner of the item under the clip.
I have a 8.5 x 11 size and a half size one for card or small elements.
I use a tile that we had left over from when my husband installed them on our bathroom floor. You can buy individual pieces, too, in the home repair centers. I think it's 8 x 8. It cleans up easily too.