Faux Heat Embossing

by Lydia Fiedler

A simple way to get the look of heat embossing on your die cuts.


  • Dies (Picket Fence Studios Seriously used here)

  • Cardstock

  • Packing Tape (Scotch quiet release tape used here)

  • Die cutting machine (Altenew Blossom Used here)


  1. Step 1

    Cover a piece of cardstock with clear packing tape.

  2. Step 2

    Burnish the tape with an old credit card to adhere it completely and give it a uniform appearance.

  3. Step 3

    Place your die onto the side of the cardstock with the tape, and run it through your die cutting machine.

  4. Step 4

    Remove the excess cardstock from your shiny die cut.

  5. 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 Faux Heat Embossing. 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 great! I have customers who don't have embossing powder and a heat tool, and don't want to invest in them. But packing tape is cheap and they could do this. Thank you!
cnsteele  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 8:10 AM
What a fab idea! I love it!
StampingQueenJAR  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 8:52 AM
So Clever!! Love this!
jheyer  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 9:09 AM
Thanks so much! I will try these tips.
PatriciaHuffCox  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 9:22 AM
Oh my, what a great idea!
RJP111  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 9:24 AM
I love this idea! Perfect when I'm helping little kids with a project. Thanks.
smdap  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 9:43 AM
What a wonderful idea this was/is. Going to give it a try on a project I'm working on at the moment. TYFS
tiffanyrose  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 10:18 AM
Great idea! Love this!!! I too have been stamping for many years and this is the first I have heard of doing this. Thank you for sharing.
Reymie  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 10:31 AM
New to meeeeee tooo! Thank you so much This is quite amazing. Glad to see that the tape doesn't de-laminate if you really press it into the paper.
Prissequito  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 10:35 AM
Those techniques are sooo cool!! Thank you!
HelenB26  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 10:54 AM
Never would have thought of this--so clever!
gg nurse  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 11:16 AM
Great idea using an "everyday" product, especially as the pressure of the die cutting machines will often "crack" thick heated embossing near edges. Thanks!
Cookie1  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 11:43 AM
great and practical idea! thanks!
grandmakitty  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 12:04 PM
Lydia...this is BRILLIANT and so achievable by just take a drive to Home Depot or even the grocery store!! Ideas are endless....TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 12:29 PM
Love this idea - will definitely be giving it a try!
casmiles  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 12:45 PM
You can do the same using larger dies and adhesive book covering (sticky one side) cut to size. Or use double sided adhesive sheets and add foiling flakes, glitter etc.
janetannc  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 1:09 PM
Thank you for sharing this technique. Do you happen to know who makes the stamp you used - I'll text Santa?
EHaase  |  Wed Jul 1, 2020 at 3:30 PM
Love this technique! I never thought of it. So quick and easy!! Thanks so much for sharing!
from the heart  |  Wed Jul 15, 2020 at 10:56 AM
Thanks for these ideas, they are great and I can't wait to try them. I have dry wall tape in a lot of colors in my stash from my scrapbooking days. Looking forward to start using it again, I always need ideas to reduce my stash.
jnsarna  |  Wed Jul 22, 2020 at 11:46 AM
I have used the silver flashing tape before but I must admit that I have forgotten about it. The other tape ideas are new to me and I Cann't wait to try them! Thanks.
gobarb26  |  Wed Aug 5, 2020 at 12:19 PM

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