I think dry embossing gives a subtle, softer look to your papercraft projects. It also creates a lot of texture and interest in white spaces.
Definition: "embossed - brocaded: embellished with a raised pattern
created by pressure or embroidery;
"brocaded silk"; "an embossed satin"; "embossed leather"; "raised ..."
Dry Embossing by hand is so easy to do and can add a real professional touch to your handmade greeting cards and other craft projects.It is a different technique to heat embossing. You do not get a shiny result with this technique.
You can buy metal templates and embossing tools from
most papercraft stores. The templates come in a variety of patterns,
shapes and sizes. I have my eye on a lovely dragon one, actually. One
day it may come to live in my craft cupboard. I think working with a Big Shot machine
is a perfect way to create this look, but you can also create it with
the brass templates. I'll tell you how to use the brass templates here.
In the picture at the top of the page you can just see the shadow of my brass template behind the paper I am working on.
Many people have light boxes and use them to see the template behind their cardstock instead of a window. This may be a lot more comfortable for you to use, if you have one. You can also just raise the outline of your image by running your tool only along the edge of the designs instead of cross hatching them.
Other things to try with this technique:
Look for unusual 'templates' to try such as:
Be inventive and enjoy your manual dry embossing experiments.
Once you have tried this technique you may want to branch out and consider purchasing a Big Shot machine. You would then be able to expand your papercrafting to include die cutting and machine embossing. It is so quick, easy and convenient to have a Big Shot machine from Stampin' Up! There is an example of a raised image created by the Big Shot machine below. The light blue cardstock mat has been run through the Big Shot machine with an embossing folder.
Remember to Contact Me if you have any questions or inquiries about the techniques or products used here.
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