Technique: Dry Embossing with a Stencil

Hello my crafty friends! For this week’s technique, I wanted to share with you a new technique I just learned about a month and a half ago- Dry embossing but with a stencil, not an embossing folder. This is going to be a long post, so grab a drink maybe some popcorn and let’s get to it!

Let’s start with the tools I used (shown below). I used my Sizzix Big Kick, which seems exactly like a Big Shot to me but if you know the difference please let me know! I made card fronts out of the Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock that I use for my cards. I used the Carolyn stencil, Marilyn stencil, and the Stained Glass 1 stencil all from Simon Says Stamp. To make the effect work, I used my Spellbinders Embossing mats.

The following steps and pictures are how you need to layer the embossing mats to get the proper result. I have it written down and I have a video saved from Hero Arts on YouTube which you can watch here.

Step 1

First, take your Big Shot base platform and open Tab 2 to expose Tab 1. Then you lay down your Spellbinders embossing mat in the center of the base. I’ve also seen other people use thin mouse pads.

Step 2

Next, put your first cutting pad on top of the mat.

Step 3

Then, lay down your stencil over where the first mat is.

Step 4

After that is down, lay your paper on top of your stencil making sure your paper is over where the embossing mat is.

Step 5

Next, carefully lay the second Spellbinders Embossing Mat on top of your paper. Making sure that everything you wanted embossed is still over that first mat.

Step 6

Finally you put your last cutting pad over the top of all of that and your sandwich is complete. Then I like to run it through to the other side and back again. Below are the results I got today:

The effect is very subtle but so elegant! I have used it on a card already. Since it’s so elegant and simple, I find it perfect for Sympathy cards. I actually used a card I made using this technique in last weeks Spotlight Sunday.

And that’s it! Have you ever tried this dry embossing technique? If you have any tips and tricks, please feel free to leave it down below! Just remember to try and be creative every day! I’ll talk to you all on Sunday for another card spotlight. Have a great rest of your week! XO

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