Embossing with Detailed Dies

by France Martin

Use the detailed lines of a metal die for embossing instead of cutting.


  • Thin metal die (Stampin’ Up!® Butterfly Beauty die used here)
  • Cardstock (SU Silver Foil cardstock used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Silicone embossing pad
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU supplies used here: Silver Foil Edge Card, black cardstock, Stazon Black and Brown ink, Scalloped Tag Punch, Black Glittered Organdy ribbon, adhesive, Beauty Abounds stamp set)


  1. Step 1

    Placement of the platform and die to emboss with the Big Shot:
    Clear plate
    Silicone craft sheet
    Cardstock, facing up
    Detailed die, cutting edge face down onto the foil)

    A piece of copy paper
    Clear plate
    Two pieces of cardstock for shim

    Top and bottom plates or shims may vary depending on your machine, but the technique will work with proper pressure if the italicized layers are in order.

  2. Step 2

    Run the sandwich through your die cutting machine. The die will press into the cardstock, but the silicone pad should not allow it to cut through.

  3. Step 3 (Optional)

    Drag Stazon ink across the embossed foil. Brown and black inks were used here.

  4. Step 4

    Assemble and embellish the card as desired.

  5. Step 5

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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I love this technique and don't use it as often as I should. Off to make one now.
fauxme  |  Tue May 12, 2020 at 2:44 AM
Wonderful use of our dies in different ways!
jmhoffmann  |  Wed May 13, 2020 at 4:10 AM
how come the die didn't cut the silver paper?
MssMatch  |  Wed May 13, 2020 at 6:36 AM
A very simple and elegant card. I will need to give this a try. Thanks.
Sue Addy  |  Wed May 13, 2020 at 7:38 AM
Reply to MssMatch comment
it didn't cut the silver foil paper because I used the Silicone matt under.
France Martin  |  Wed May 13, 2020 at 11:40 AM
This makes me want to buy the die and the silver paper!
SUSAN FRICK  |  Wed May 13, 2020 at 3:13 PM
Thank you for revisiting this technique. I have a lot of dies and the silicone mat, so I have no excuse for not having a ton of these ready for card bases! LOL I especially loved the gears, which I also have. I'm using that one first!
Desert Stamper  |  Wed May 13, 2020 at 10:59 PM
Gorgeous effect. I 've tried this technique before but forgot all about it until I saw this. love how you coloured it with the stazon. Whioever would have throught that Brown on silver would look like gold but it worked so well. Must give this technique a try. Thanks for showing us how.
cattail  |  Thu May 14, 2020 at 2:50 AM
I really like this technique. I send most of my cards by mail. Do you have any suggestions for how to keep the embossed areas from getting flattened? thanks!
Paperlover  |  Mon May 25, 2020 at 5:15 AM

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