Dry Debossing

by Beate Johns

Use the reverse side of a dry embossed image for a wow effect background.


  • Light table (or window)
  • Brass template
  • Stylus tool
  • Wax paper
  • Cardstock
  • Background stamp
  • Brayer (optional)
  • Dye Ink (darker than your cardstock color)


  1. Step 1

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

  2. Step 2

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

    Lay your cardstock over the template and start tracing the open areas of your template with your stylus.

    Hint: if you don't have a light table, tape your template to a window and hold your cardstock over the template

  3. Step 3

    Add more images as desired.

  4. Step 4

    Ink up your background stamp. I always use the brayer to help me get an even coverage.

  5. Step 5

    With the raised images facing down, stamp the background stamp over it. The ink won't stay on your debossed image, leaving it the same color as the cardstock.

  6. Step 6

    Finish your project.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Dry Debossing. 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.

Sorry, new to stamping, but I don't get what kind of backround stamp you used on the leaves?
Rainy Day  |  Mon Mar 17, 2008 at 11:37 AM
Is there a way that the link for this tutorial can be placed in the "Technique Spotlight" area of the "Gallery"? The only link there is to the gallery of photos submitted using this technique.

Another GREAT tutorial by the way! I can't wait to try it!

MyMelissa  |  Sun Apr 20, 2008 at 9:24 AM
I have the same question as rainy day. What type of background stamp did you use since it doesn't look like you imprinted anything off on the paper with the embossing on it, no pattern I mean other than the ink? Great technique, anxious to dry.

Marilyn Peasley  |  Wed Jun 4, 2008 at 7:03 PM
Hi Marilyn,
The background stamp is called Linen. It is a retired stamp from Stampin' Up!
beate  |  Thu Jun 5, 2008 at 4:11 AM
If you don't have a background stamp like Linen, would you be able to just brayer your colour directly onto the cardstock to achieve the same effect?

Christine S  |  Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 12:40 PM
Sponging or brayering ink directly over the dry embossed images should work as well.
beate  |  Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 2:00 PM
Thank you, Beate!
Christine S  |  Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 8:01 PM
Hi Beate.
Thank you for the tutorial. Do you know how to do the vellum debossing I have seen on this website? I can't find the tutorial for it. Also, where do you get your templates? The only ones I can find are with stampinup. I am looking for one that has a holiday scene, a farm house or house with snow or a manager scene. Any suggestions of where to look?
Thank you for your help.
Darlene Groseclose  |  Wed Sep 24, 2008 at 12:06 PM
Thank you for this fresh idea... I'm teaching a class thru my local Parks and Rec and will be using this very technique tonight!! Thanks again!! ~J
Jamie Albanese  |  Tue Apr 7, 2009 at 9:55 AM

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