How to Dry Emboss on Cards

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Embossing creates a lovely effect on cards and stationary. It adds a finished touch, and makes an ordinary blank card seem elegant and luxuriously polished. It is a way to add a subtle word or picture where before nothing existed, and the best part is that it's inexpensive and easily achieved with a simple tool, a little patience, and a vision of what you want to create.

An embossed note
(Embossed Card)

Things You'll Need

  • Embossing stylus
  • Paper card
  • Stencil
  • Masking tape
  • Well lit window
Step 1

See final slide for a list of what you'll need.

Supplies
Supplies
Step 2

Place the card over a mouse pad, face down. Placed the first stencil over the card, positioned where you want your dry embossing to begin.

Place the stencil.
Step 1
Step 3

Trace design with the small end of the stylus, using even, gentle, pressure.

Gently trace stencil.
Step 2
Step 4

Take the larger end of the stylus and trace over the original line, gradually applying more pressure until the impression is well defined. Be careful not to break the paper with too much pressure. Don't rub the stylus between the lines, the paper will naturally raise.

Redefine the design.
Step 3
Step 5

Place the second letter's stencil next to the first and hold it up to a window to figure out the spacing.

Position next portion of design.
Step 4
Step 6

Tape the stencil into place. Repeat the embossing technique. Trace over it multiple times until the impression is evenly raised and deep enough to see on the other side.

Tape stencil in place and emboss remaining elements.
Step 5

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