Acrylic Stencil Deboss

by Dina Kowal

Scrape paint over a debossed stencil print for a unique background.


  • Heavy cardstock or mixed media paper (Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# Cover used here)
  • Stencil (ColorBox® Art Screens “Buzzy” and “Disco” Trios used here)
  • Die cutting machine (Crossover II used here)
  • Silicone or rubber embossing pad
  • Heavy pigment ink or acrylic craft paint (2-3 colors, ColorBox® Blends by Eileen Hull used here)
  • Stiff plastic card (credit card, library card, etc.)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (listed with samples below)


  1. Step 1

    Prepare a sandwich for your die cutting machine, laying down a rubber/silicone embossing mat, a piece of plain cardstock, and the stencil. Lay a cutting plate over the top and adjust with shims as needed for adequate pressure in your die cutting machine.

  2. Step 2

    The stencil will create an imprint into the cardstock.

  3. Either side of the cardstock can be used for this technique.

  4. Step 3

    Dribble and drip pigment ink or acrylic craft paints onto the embossed panel. Use 2-3 colors, distributed evenly around the panel.

  5. Step 4

    Using a stiff plastic card, such as a credit card or library card, scrape over the surface of the panel.

  6. Spread the paint over the paper across the debossed areas until the panel is covered.

    Use as few strokes as possible for best results.

  7. Step 5

    Use the panel to complete a card or other project.

    Supplies used for sample:
    Spellbinders Shapeabilities Coffee Brewing die set
    A Jillian Vance Design Perk Up clear set
    Impression Obsession Ornament Flourish die set
    Simon Says Stamp Small Folded Banner die set
    QoR watercolor paints

  8. Step 6

    Here is an example using the same stencil, but the back side of the cardstock.

  9. Supplies used for sample:
    Spellbinders Truckin' Through the Seasons die set
    Spellbinders So Many Sentiments Etched die set
    Maker's Movement Pierced Circles Nested Essential Die Set
    Impression Obsession Treat the World cling stamp



  1. Try different stencils and color combinations to find your favorite effect!

  2. Supplies used for sample:
    Spellbinders Shapeabilities Join the Parade die set
    Maker's Movement Perfect Foam Cutters - Rectangles Die

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Jeanette Robertson  |  Wed Aug 7, 2019 at 4:12 AM
Dina, this is wonderful! I'm going to share it in the Coffee Loving Papercrafters FB group!
amy tsuruta  |  Wed Aug 7, 2019 at 5:24 AM
This was fun! I nearly got mud but luckily stopped before it happened.
muscrat  |  Wed Aug 7, 2019 at 2:05 PM
Wow..that is neat! I'm going to incorporate this technique into my mixed media endeavors. thanks, Dina!!
Dmcg  |  Fri Aug 9, 2019 at 5:19 PM

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