Improvised embossing ball-point pen

Chapter: Projects

One of the things I like to do with heat embossing is to emboss my own handwriting. And to do that, I’ve been trying out a few embossing pens but I just couldn’t achieve nice smooth results I had in mind. The lettering turns out either grainy or splotchy. The embossing pens seem to do better at colouring in areas (and broad lettering) than finer writing strokes.

Sweet way to add your heat-embossed handwriting on a card or any paper project!

When I was looking for a solution, I discovered that the Zig 2-way glue roller pen makes a wonderful dispensing writing tool for the slightly viscous watermark ink. I emptied out the glue and fill it with watermark ink. The pen’s ball point tip dispenses the ink with ease. Removing the label wrapper reveals the rest of the translucent barrel which makes it easier to see the ink level within.


  1. I purchased a new glue pen then emptied out the glue into another glue pen that was almost half empty. Had to use a tweezer to help loosen the nib cap on both pens.
  2. Fill the empty barrel with some watermark inker. Then move the pen around to let the ink coat the barrel (and mix with the leftover glue). The leftover glue didn’t bother me too much and it didn’t pose any problem for me.
  3. Test it out on some scratch paper.
  4. Write your desired greeting or words on cardstock, sprinkle embossing powder and heat set.

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