Embossing powders, seriously?

Apparently, they're back. No way!?

Some of the jars of embossing powder on my shelf must be 15 years old, because a) I'm thrifty and b) how can magical melty stuff not be worth keeping, right?

What I remember liking about them back then is that they melt (!), they make a stamped image easier to colour in, and they can give a sharp and finished look.

What I'm liking about embossing powder these days is how I can play around to get faux finishes. These are tags I produced in the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry classes. They make me think of leather, old metal, and pottery. I'm having fun, and I hate to tell you, but I've even bought some new embossing powder - shhh!