Introduction: Paper Embossing
This is a very easy technique that everybody can use at home with very simple tools, you can use it for your greeting cards!
Step 1: Tools
- Exacto knife;
- Stylus with round point or anything with a round point (actually my knife becomes a stylus chaging its point);
- Cutting mat (optional, you can use an old newspaper);
- Light table (optional, you can use a window).
Step 2: Material
- Cardboard paper;
- Tape or glue.
Step 3: Design the Image
If you are an artist you could draw your design by hand on a piece of paper, if you are not you can use the computer.
I decided to try with a simple word "Friend" and the beautiful font Zapfino.
Since the Zapfino has many variants for its glyphs I exploited this feature using different variants of the letters. A software that I have that can show variants is XeTeX, that is free and open-source. Using the fontspec package of XeTeX I created an image with all the variants of the glyphs in the word "Friend," then I chose the best combination, for my taste.
I then modified a little bit the design with Inkscape, that is free and open-source, to avoid enclosed areas. Enclosed areas in the design will be detached when the cardboard will be cut and that is a bit annoying for me. I also thickened the drawing to make the cutting easier.
Step 4: Cutting
I printed the design and sticked the piece of paper on the cardboard with the tape.
Holding the paper firmly on the cardboard with my hand, I started to cut along the boundary of the black regions. The hardest parts are the ones with the higher curvature, you may need to help yourself cutting also from behind. When cutting around a thin part you may break the sheet so hold it firmly with a finger.
Step 5: Embossing
Take the printed paper off the cardboard and reverse the cardboard. Put on the cardboard the new sheet of paper that you want to emboss. Now with the stylus you should trace on the paper along the edges of the cardboard, on the inside of the design. You should not press too much or you will tear the paper (especially on narrow parts), instead press a little and repeat a few times.
This procedure is really facilitated by a light table underneath the paper, but it is not mandatory you could use a window in a sunny day.
Step 6: Done!
With super easy to find tools you can create an expensive looking effect on your letters, greeting cards or even business cards!
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Welcome back for part 2 of my Snowflake Splendor Suite project share; ready to learn how to emboss paper for beautiful DIY Greeting Cards? These card ideas are simple to make but Oh! so BEAUTIFUL!
Be sure and also check out the post ‘The Best Hand Stamped Cards That Are Easy to Make All Winter Long‘ if you missed it — it’s part 1 of this series.
Today we get to learn how to emboss on paper with the ‘winter snow embossing folder’. I’ve got lot’s of tips to share in this card video, so make sure to watch all the way to the end.
Have you ever embossed your paper or DSP? I was so happy as to how this turned out using the Winter Snow Embossing Folder. These cards were easy peasy with a great watercolor background to them.
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Stampin’ Up! has some of the best paper for embossing. Today’s dry embossing technique turns out so lovely with this snowflake pattern. Check out the video for tips for embossing DSP, and cutting the snowflakes out using the coordinating dies.
What did you think? Quick and easy cards that will put a smile on someones face when you send them! Let’s take a closer look at them.
Cutting Dimensions & Supplies
- Whisper White THICK: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
- DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Scraps: Whisper White & Balmy Blue
- Rhinestones for that extra special touch!
Same card recipe on this one, except I used Pool Party for the greeting instead of Balmy Blue.
- Misty Moonlight: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
- Whisper White: 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
- DSP: 5″ x 3 3/4″
- Scraps: Whisper White, Misty Moonlight
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How to Dry Emboss by Hand
- 1 sheet Cardstock or another type of heavy paper
Secure Your Stencil to a Window or Lightbox
Using masking tape or painter's tape, secure your stencil to the center of a window or lightbox. The side of the stencil that's facing up should be the reverse of what you want to emboss. (This is especially important when embossing lettering.) If your embossing project involves using two or more stencils, only tape up one stencil at a time. Fully emboss that stencil before repeating the process for the next one.
If you want to create a makeshift lightbox, place a light under a glass-top table. Then, tape your stencil onto the glass surface. This faux lightbox should work just as well as the real versions you can find at craft stores.
Secure Your Paper
Place your cardstock or other paper over the stencil, and position it as desired. Carefully tape the edges of the paper, so it lies flat over the stencil and won't move once you begin embossing. You might want to test your tape first on the paper to make sure it will remove cleanly and without tears.
To help your stylus glide smoothly and to reduce the risk of tears, you can gently rub wax paper over the paper before you begin embossing, though this is not absolutely essential.
Trace Your Design With the Stylus
Turn on your lightbox or stand in front of the window, and carefully trace around the edges of the stencil design with your stylus. Press firmly, but be careful not to rip the paper. You can shade in solid parts of the design if you wish or just leave them outlined.
A stylus has two ends, each a different size. Use the size that best fits the scale of the design—i.e., the larger stylus side for thicker lines and the smaller side for detailed parts of the stencil.
Admire Your Finished Design
When you have traced the entire design, carefully lift the paper off the light source. Remove the tape, turn the paper over, and admire the raised design.
You can leave your embossed design as is or embellish it. It can be painted with acrylics, dusted with chalk, highlighted with glitter, and more. Let your imagination and creativity run wild with this project.
It’s the ladies of Antiquaria, back with another fabulous and creative DIY project for you all! This week they show us how to use rubber stamps to create beautiful custom stationery!
How on Earth can you achieve the high end look of engraving on a shoestring budget?? Answer: Embossing!
When we first launched our rubber stamp collection, we tried everything we could think of to achieve a legible white ink on dark (or kraft) paper and we quickly found out that regular inks don’t do a very good job. We were thrilled when one of our clever customers used this technique on the cover of her wedding programs, embossing white on navy paper. From there we started experimenting and found it looked awesome on all sorts of colorful paper!
You can use this embossing technique on lots of different projects, such as these fabulous and simple gift tags. We also used it to create a set of custom stationery, perfect for thank you notes!! For the gift tags, we used our Calligraphy Names Stamp.
Step One: Get your supplies ready. Unscrew the top to the embossing powder and uncover the stamp pad. Make sure your envelope is set on a (really) hard surface, with a piece of scrap paper set underneath (to catch excess powder). Using the embossing (clear) stamp pad, ink the stamp thoroughly. Center the stamp and press down with even pressure. We used our Calligraphy Return Address Stamp on this envelope.
Step Two: Immediately following stamping the image, pour on a healthy amount of embossing powder. Shift powder around a bit to ensure your image is completely covered. When you are satisfied, pour the excess onto the piece of paper underneath and lightly tap off any excess (not too hard or the powder will loose hold of the sticky ink). Pour the powder back into the jar.
Step Three: Using your embossing heat tool, heat image (holding the gun 3-5 inches from the surface) until the powder has melted into a solid, approximately 30 seconds. Let cool.
*Be careful not to burn yourself on this very hot tool. Also, if you hold the embossing heat tool too close to the paper, it could scorch or warp.
Rubber Stamps: We used Calligraphy Names Stamp and Calligraphy Return Address to create the personal stationery and gift tags.
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When I was in fifth grade, my name written in bubble letters was how I personalized my notebooks. When I was in high school, I covered my textbooks in plain paper and filled them in with doodles — favorite band names and not-so-secret crushes. At the start of the school year, the clean surfaces of brand new school supplies offer such an inviting blank slate. For a sleek, modern twist on notebook personalization, create a DIY embossing plate from recycled cardboard. It’s a lovely way to add your mark to your school supplies.
Making your own embossing plate out of cereal boxes offers so much variation and freedom. The sky is the limit on shapes and initials. And once the plate is made, you can emboss to your heart’s content — the cardboard form will last a long time!
Chances are you have everything you need in your home already — just pull that cereal box out of your recycling bin and let’s get started!
– empty cardboard cereal boxes
– hot glue or white glue
– printouts of letters/shapes
– bone folder
– spray bottle
– colored paper, card stock weight or thicker
– folders, notebooks, date books, etc.
Decide what letters or shapes you’d like to recreate. I chose a few letters, both serif and sans serif, and a few simple shapes.
Cut them out of the cereal box cardboard. For these projects, you’ll need several layers of cardboard. Cut out the shape you want 3 or 4 times, then stick them together to make one form.
Once the letter and shape stack is thick, attach it to a larger piece of cardboard, a ‘plate’, and prepare to emboss.
To emboss, lightly mist a piece of paper and lay over the embossing plate. Damp paper has more give and stretch.
Top the misted paper with a white piece of paper (printer paper will do) to protect it from the bone folder. Plain white paper is best so there is no color rub off. The white paper shields the paper below from getting shiny during embossing.
Rub steadily around the embossing plate, making sure to hold the paper in place. Think of this process as slowly coaxing the paper to bend to your will. It’s best to work slowly, taking extra time to gently work into corners, around text serifs, on the edges and in any openings.
When you feel like the paper is shaped well, remove the white paper and check. Some of the corners and edges might need a little more attention. Once the image looks good, remove the embossing plate and use the bone folder to smooth any wrinkles or crinkles around the shape.
For folders, simply embossing the actual cover is all you need to do. But if you’d like to emboss the thicker cover of a composition book or date book, the technique is slightly different — emboss a blank sheet of card stock, then glue it to the thick cover of your notebook. Pictured above is a small date book with a blue piece of embossed cardstock glued to the cover.
When gluing it to another surface, add glue to all the areas outside the embossed shape (including openings in letters), then use the bone folder to smooth down the paper.
A few tips:
– Thicker paper worked best for this project. Card stock, thick cotton paper (artist paper) and the folders worked exceptionally well.
– When the paper is thick, like the folders, spritz the under side of the paper, the side of the paper that will lay on the embossing plate.
– Instead of trying to get the paper embossed in one pass around the shape, it’s better to make a few passes around the shape gently and firming reshaping the damp paper.
– The paper around the shape may get a little pinched during the embossing process. Most can be rubbed out with the bone folder.
Hooray for back to school! I hope you have fun with this cereal box project. If you come up with other fun ways to use these cardboard embossing plates, please share your ideas in the comments!
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Have you ever tried to make your own embossing plates? Today I'm going to show you how you can create with your Cricut to make your own reusable embossing plates. It's My Cricut Craft room day and the conversation is about Every Day creations using your Cricut. Instead of a full project, I'm sharing a how-to tip for embossing. If you are a card maker, you probably already own an embossing machine and a ton of embossing folders. There are already a ton of great design choices available from a variety of brands. However, did you know you can easily make your own embossing designs with your cutting machine?
It's really simple and doesn't take much time at all! Remember that black and white flower designed card I made last week? I'm going to use that same design to show you how to make your own embossing plates today. So if you want to make this same embossing plate I am, just head over to the Cricut Design Space and use the Flower Lace card Make-it-Now project I designed. I bet you'll be making custom designs for your cards and mixed media art in no time!
Make Your Own Embossing Plates
I'm using: Cricut Explore cutting machine and a Cuttlebug for embossing
How to make your own embossing plates:
- Cut out 4-6 copies of your design from cardstock.
- Glue the layers together. You don't need to coat the layers with glue, just enough to hold them together in a stack. For my design I added glue right in the center and then on each of the 4 corners, that's it.
- Allow to dry.
Now layer your custom cut embossing plate with the rest of your embossing plates as normal. If you find that their is not enough pressure to get a good emboss from your design, add a few layers of cardstock on top of the rubber embossing mat.
Note: you and also use chipboard, but for some cutting machine that would require a deep cut blade. So I am using cardstock. Adjust your number of layers for the material you are using.
You can use all kinds of patterns and designs to create your own custom embossing plate. You are only limited by your imagination! Try making word art or a design for a special occasion. Play with a whole bunch of different ideas and see what you like best. I'd love to hear what you create, come back by and tell me about it!
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Embossing is a really cool effect that can make an ordinary letter or a greeting card a lot more interesting. Embossing can not only be seen but it can also be felt. I, as a graphics designer, worked a lot with embossing in the past, especially when designing interesting business cards or when I worked together with a bookbinder to create an embossed book cover.
But embossing nowadays isn´t as complicated to do anymore, so you can actually create your own embossed paper or cardboards easily at home and in this article, I will show you how!
There are a couple of interesting ways, that you can emboss paper and cardboard without the use of any machines but you will still need a few tools.
Don´t worry though, they are not nearly as expensive as an embossing machine or a press and most of the tools needed are household items. So you probably already have them at home.
Embossing Paper Without a Machine
Let’s start with how you can emboss paper. Paper is usually quite easy to emboss but you also have to be careful when embossing paper as it can easily rip if you are not handling it with enough care.
There are several ways to emboss paper without a machine, so we will start with probably the easiest method.
Embossing Paper Using an Embossing Folder
For this method, you will need the following tools:
- Embossing Folder (more on that further down below)
- A spray bottle filled with water or diluted ink
- A rolling pin
- Some high-quality paper to emboss
You have to get an embossing folder for this method but don´t worry, they are not very expensive.
An embossing folder is a hard-plastic folder, that has a design imprinted on one side and the same design raised on the other side.
You can get embossing folders in a lot of different sizes and with a lot of different designs. I like to use the embossing folders from Darice.Here is an Amazon link to one of their embossing folders with a floral design.
Some craft stores also have a section for embossing where you can get embossing tools and embossing folders. So if you don´t want to order them online, then you might want to check your local craft store out.
You can use any regular spray bottle but you will get the best results with a spray bottle, that sprays very fine water dust. You only want to dust your paper with water and not drench it in water. Empty perfume bottles are an excellent choice for this.
You will also need a rolling pin. Any regular old rolling pin will do.
And finally, you will need some higher-quality paper. Embossing will not work well with regular printing paper. Instead, you should opt for using higher-quality paper or cardstock, if you want to.
If you are struggling with finding a good paper for embossing, then you can simply get embossing paper by Silhouette. You don´t need the machine to emboss it. Here is an Amazon link for the paper.
Alternatively, you can also use drawing paper with little to no texture. Most drawing paper is sturdy enough to be embossed.
Now, that you have everything you need to emboss your first paper, we can finally start embossing.
Moisten the Paper
Fill your spray bottle with some water or diluted ink, if you want to color it right away.
Then gently dust both parts of the paper with the water. The paper should be moist but not drenched in water.
The water will make the paper malleable and allow it to be embossed without tearing.
Try to apply the water as evenly as possible.
Put the Paper Into the Embossing Folder
Put the paper into the embossing folder in the orientation, that you like.
Then gently close the embossing folder.
Use the Rollin Pin to Press Down on the Embossing Folder
Now grab the rolling pin and roll it over the embossing folder using some force.
You will need quite a bit of force to properly emboss the paper.
Go over the folder several times before you open it back up again.
And you are done. All you have to do now is take the paper out of the folder and leave it somewhere to dry for a couple of hours.
Using this method will not leave as deep of an impression as it would be when you are using a machine instead but the impression will still be very visible. You can use an ink pad to highlight the embossed area with some color if you want to.
Embossing Paper Using Texture Plates
For this method, you will need very similar tools, than before. This method is a little bit more time consuming but you have a lot more control over the outcome.
For this method you will need:
- Embossing paper (the same as above)
- Texture plates
- Some tape
- Wax paper
- A ballpoint stylus or an impressor
Texture plates are a little different than embossing folders. A texture plate is solid and does not have a counterpart. Each side of the texture plate has a different texture on it.
Texture plates are generally a little cheaper than embossing folders. You can get a pack of 8 texture plates and they are still cheaper than just one embossing folder. Here is an Amazon link for a bunch of texture plates that you can start with.
You also need some tape to hold your piece of paper in place. Simple masking tape will do just fine.
Some wax paper is also necessary to lubricate the paper. This will make your life so much easier when you go over the paper with the stylus.
And finally, you also need a ballpoint stylus to emboss the paper by hand or an impressor.
You can get either of those in your local crafts store.
Preparing the Paper for Embossing
To start out, simply place the paper on your texture plate and fix it in place with some tape around the edges.
Make sure, that the paper does not move and make sure, that you work on a surface, that does not give in. A solid table top would be ideal.
Wax the Paper
Rub the paper gently with some wax paper to lubricate it. This will make it easier for the stylus or the impressor to move over the paper.
Emboss the Paper with the Stylus
Now use the ballpoint stylus to go over the paper. You can use an impressor (a tool specially designed for embossing this way), a ballpoint stylus ( you can get this in any crafts store in the clay tool section), or you can also use the round backside of a pen or something similar.
Gently press the paper on the texture plate to manually emboss the paper.
You can go over the paper multiple times to make the embossed areas deeper and you can go over the edges with a little more force to enhance the edges of the design further.
Don´t push down too hard on the paper though or you may damage it in the process.
Once you feel like you are done simply take off the tape and remove the paper from the texture plate.
Embossing Cardstock Without a Machine
You can use any of the methods, that I explained above with cardstock as well but this final method is only possible with cardstock. That´s why I separated the two sections.
This method is very similar to the texture plate method.
For this method you will need:
- A Brassstencil
- Some Tape
- Wax paper
- And a Ball end stylus
Brass stencils are basically stencils with simple two-dimensional designs cut into them. You can get them in any craft store. Don´t buy these on Amazon as a lot of them are cheap knockoffs, that break or bend easily.
I personally did not have any good experiences with any brass stencils, that I bought on Amazon. But, as I said, your local crafts store should have them.
The rest of the materials are pretty much the same as before.
Prepare the Cardstock for Embossing
Just like before simply fix the cardstock to the stencil with some tape. Carefully tape the edges of the cardstock and use tape, that does not damage the paper when you remove it, like masking tape.
Make sure, that your working space is fixed and does not move. A solid tabletop is best.
Emboss the Cardstock With a Ball Point Stylus
Use the wax paper to lubricate the cardstock, just as before. This will help the stylus to move across the paper.
Not use the stylus to press the design into the cardstock. Use very little force to do so and instead go over the areas multiple times.
You can define the edges of the design further by going over them more often. This will make the design look more detailed and it will give the design a clear defined silhouette.
Once you are done simply remove the tape carefully and separate the stencil from the cardstock.