Dry Embossing

by Beate Johns

Use a light source and a template to add texture and elegance to your paper.

Supplies

  • Light table (or window)

  • Brass template

  • Stylus tool

  • Wax paper

  • Cardstock

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Start by rubbing wax paper over your cardstock. This step makes the stylus tool glide easier over the paper.

  2. Step 1

    Start by rubbing wax paper over your cardstock. This step makes the stylus tool glide easier over the paper.

  3. Step 2

    Turn your light table on and place the brass template on the surface of the table. Lay your cardstock over the template.

    If you don't have a light table, tape your template to a window and hold your cardstock over the template.

  4. Step 3

    Add more images as desired.

  5. Step 3

    Trace the open areas of your brass template with your stylus tool.

    Hint: When using a color of cardstock that is too dark for the light to shine through, rub your stylus over the surface of the cardstock until you begin to see the template show through, then start tracing.



  6. Tracing the brass template creates a raised image on the opposite side of the cardstock.

  7. Step 4

    Repeat as desired to complete your design.

  8. Step 5

    Finish your card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Dry Embossing. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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