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Embossing Basics

Updated on June 20, 2017

Embossed Card Colored With Chalks

Basic Embossing For Paper Crafters


Embossing on paper adds so much dimension to all your paper crafts. For scrapbook artists, it gives dimension to titles, words, frames and images. For card makers and paper crafters it's a technique that adds so much to every pieces

All embossing share the same Idea. The give a raised look to paper. It now becomes either two or three dimensional. It's done by raising the paper or adding dimension to the paper with powders, pastes or other products.

You can use embossing for scrapbooks, cards and lots of paper products. You can color embossed pieces with ink, chalks, and even watercolors.

Using simple tools and your own imagination, you can take your projects father than you ebver believed possible


Light Box Embossing

Using a light box is one of the easiest ways to emboss. The combination uses a stencil, some paper and an embossing tool. They often come in a kit. You can learn this technique very quickly

Almost any stencil can be used for the light box embossing technique. In it's very basic sense, you are tracing on the paper, making a raised image. It's a great way to use your stencils that you all ready have in your craft space.

While the embossing machines are very popular, a light box is still handy to emboss on larger surfaces. For example, you might want to emboss a whole scrapbook page. The light box technique would be perfect for your larger projects.

Embossing Using A Manual Embosser

There are a few different types of manual embossers. The most popular being the Cuttlebug and the Scizzix. Reach of these machine are used with a hand crank. They use either dies to cut images or embossing folders to create embossed papers. Each of the machines are sold with plates that are used in the actual embossing. The folders and /or dies are "sandwhiched" in between the plates with the paper. This creates a cut image or an embossed effect. The folders or dies are sold separately. However I consider them a good investment because they can be used multiple times. They are easy to transport to a class or crop.

Heat Embossing -Using Embossing Powder

One of the most favorite embossing techniques is to use embossing powder, All you need is a stamp, some embossing ink, embossing powder and a drying tool. You can use any stamp that you have in your collection to make a special card or embellishment for your scrapbook page. Embossing powders are a good investment because just a little goes a long way.

Heat Embossing Tip

Run a dryer sheet over the surface of your cardstock before you stamp or apply powder. This will decrease the static and make for better results

Types Of Embossing Powders

Type Of Embossing Powder
Properties
Opaque Color Powders
Rich colors that completly cover inks
Opaque Metallic Powders
Completly cover ink, but has a metallic shine
Opaque Detail Powders
A finer grained powder that complely covers the ink. Best used for any stamp that has a lot of detail
Transparent Glitter Powders
Clear powders that show the ink undenath but with a glitter look
Opaque Glitter Powders
These powders will completely cover the ink on which they are applied, showing only the color of the embossing powder. The "tinsel" powders contain a greater amount of glitter.
Special Effects-Glow In The Dark
A translucent powder applied over light colored ink. The color of the ink will show through, but the image will glow in the dark
Translucent Pearls
A delicate powder that will show the inki color underneath, but will add a pearlized glow
Transparent Clear
Powder that will show the ink color underneath but will add a raised shine.Clear and Clear Detail are finer ground powders, while Clear Enamel (Super Gloss) and Enamelware are a coarser grind which allows the powder to build up quicker for a heavy, thick application.

Embossed Birthday Card

The embossing on this card was colored with ink
The embossing on this card was colored with ink

Foil Embossing

The newest craze I paper crafts is foil embossing.. Foil comes in a host of colors. It is easy to do and the foil will go a long way. Now their is a machine that has hit the craft market with a huge bang. It is called the MINC machine.. It will foil your cardstock with specific designs. It adds a very professional look and drama to all your projects,.

Easy Foil Techniques

Foil is such a pretty sophisticated and retro technique. It adds a special nostalgic or modern look depending on how you use it. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing

  1. Foil With Stamps. You can add a truly unique creation to any of your cards, scrapbook pages or paper crafts just by foiling using a stamp. All you need is some glue, a stamp and a piece of foil in the color of your choice. Use a q-tip or a ink dauber to daub an amount of white glue to your stamp. Make sure that you completely cover the stamp. It should be a white glue like flitter glue. More open and artsy stamps work better for this technique. Apply the stamp to your cardstock . Clean the stamp right away with a baby wipe or stamp cleaner. Lay the foil on top with the shinny side up. Use a bone folder to rub the reverse side of the image. Then rub the bone folder along the foil on the right side, only going in one direction. Gently remove the foil piece. The nice thing about this technique is that you can use the negative space on your foil as well
  2. Foil With Tape. Secure pieces of double sided tape in the arrangement of your choice. Since the tape comes in different widths, the arrangement is really up to your imagination. It could be in stripes a single line or a border. It could define elements of your project. remove the top of the tape and place the foil on top. Run your bone folder over the top of the foil. Remove the foil and you will be surprised at the results
  3. Foil With Stencils. Secure the stencil on a piece of cardstock with tape that is easily removed. In a ventilated space, spray the stencil with spray adhesive. Remove the stencil and place in water to clean. Place the foil over the paper and smooth with a bone folder

Simple Gold Embossing Technique-Manually Done

Embossing With Embossing Paste



This has to be one of my new favorite embossing techniques. Easy to do and yet the results you get are awesome........The great thing about this embossing technique is that the embossing paste lasts for quite a while.

The embossing paste is a creamy mixture that is like frosting. It creates a raised texture using a stencil. The material is spread with a pallet knife over the stencil, You can add ink to create a custom color. You can also use water colors on top to create a resist technique. While the main color is white, there are some that color with a metallic tint.

You spread the embossing paste over the stencil. Make sure that there is even coverage. Use a pallet knife or an old credit card to spread the paste over the stencil. Remove any access. The great thing about the embossing paste is that a little goes a long way

When using this product, clean your stencil right away so that the paste does not dry on the stencil. Work on a covered surface !

Embossed Journal Piece

Made this embossed piece perfect for journaling for a scrapbook page
Made this embossed piece perfect for journaling for a scrapbook page

Cleaning Your Embossing Folders

Unless you are using an ink on your embossing folders, they should stay fairly clean. However, if you are using inks or other media, you should clean them as soon as possible. Baby wipes are an easy choice. I keep a package of them in my craft room. But you could also use stamp cleaner to get in all the grooves. Just make sure to leave the folder open until it's completely dry before you put it away.

Storing Your Embossing Folders, Pastes And Powders

There are a few ways to think about organizing your embossing supplies. Here are a few of my favorites. Your choice for storage will largely depend on the amount of space you have and the supplies that you have in your stash.

Embossing Folder Storage- You can keep your folders in any box that will accommodate them. I have found that if they are in a decorative shoe box, I forget what I have and they go unused. Another idea is to keep them in a box that was meant for refrigerator storage. You can keep them all upright and they are visible but neat. For me, I keep them in a Scraprack page meant just for holding embossing folders. They are easily accessible and I have made one sample for each folder so I can see exactly what is available.

Embossing Paste- I have a limited supply of the paste at the moment, but I plan on adding more to my stock. I will be filling them in the drawer with the coordinating color for that paste/ I keep all my golds, silvers, white colors together. That way when I am putting a project together, I can easily find what I need in that color.

Embossing Powders- A little powder goes a long way, so I keep small bags in my color storage in my Scrap Rack

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      Linda F Correa 2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Give it a try.....you will be happy with the results

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing all these wonderful techniques. I love the look of embossing, but have never tried it. Thanks for sharing these tutorials. Voted up and pinned!