Faux Dry Embossing

by Beate Johns

Create a dry embossed look with die cut shapes or punch-outs.


  • Wizard™, or other die cut machine

  • Small Die cut templates, or paper punches (Spellbinders Create-a-Flake 1 and 2 used here)
  • Xyron™ Create-a-Sticker or other adhesive

  • Cardstock

  • Embellishments, to finish the card


  1. Step 1

    Cut shapes out cardstock with small die cut templates or punches.

  2. Step 2

    If you are using a Xyron™ Create-a-Sticker insert your cut image face up into the machine.

  3. Pull on strip end on the other side to pull out your shape.

  4. Step 3

    Once you fed all your pieces through the machine tear strip off.

  5. Step 4

    Rub over the plastic cover over your image.

    If you don't want any adhesive to show between smaller spaces of your die cut image, trace a stylus tool around the edges of the shape.

  6. Step 5

    Peel off plastic lining. Your shapes are now stickers.

  7. Step 6

    Peel sticker off the plastic sheet and adhere it over a piece of the same color cardstock, that the shapes were cut out of.

  8. Adhere shapes all over cardstock.

    You don't have to cover part of the cardstock that will be covered with your main image or sentiment.

  9. Step 7

    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 Faux Dry Embossing. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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