Now, I am neither a fan of Martha Stewart nor a greatly experienced embosser. As a result, I was teaching a class and demonstrated embossing (with my minimal experience) and it came out ok, not great, and it was easy to overheat and fry the embossed detail. When I found this on clearance, I bought a package and did an experimental embossed detail before I tried one on my own page. WOW!!! What a difference!! It took a little longer to make it gel and then the image POPPED right before my eyes! I could instantly tell when to stop and it was gorgeous!! EVen with the smaller scripted text on the stamp, it came out clear as a bell! I learned how to use a paint brush to make sure all the excess is off the paper before you heat it, and don't brush the image -- it all drops off so easily. Same applies to white, black and colors! Gotta love MS's quality even if you dislike her!
Up front, I need to admit that I'm not a fan of Martha Stewart. Seems she wants to take over the entire market, brrrrhhh...
Having said that, I can't help but admit that I really like some of the products that have her name. I have a large assortment of her punches, and about a year ago I purchased this metallic embossing powders set at Michael's with a coupon when they still stocked it.
The gold is more of a patina gold, not sparkly yellow, and I love that. The bronze is just plain gorgeous. I embossed a very detailed fern leaf for a greeting card and it simply popped and added so much elegance. These powders emboss fine detail very nicely, but I'm mainly in love with the colors. I haven't used the silver yet but have no doubt that it is equally beautiful.
Highly recommended, just don't buy them all, leave some for me when I need more!