Dry Embossing

Now here’s a technique that I’ve neglected in recent times. I’ve been too busy with OLC cards that I’d forgotten how great a dry embossed background can complement a focal image.

The current challenges at Less is More and Try Stampin’ – or not – on Tuesday are all about dry embossing.


Now I got a little bit carried away and created 3 cards, all just that little bit different from each other.

This first one is for my mother who is being an absolute superstar while undergoing cancer treatment for a second time. I used a digital image from Some Odd Girl and the sentiment is from the Sweet Stamp Shop ‘super mom’ set. I coloured her with my alcohol markers and then added her to a dry embossed base using an embossing folder form Stampin Up.


This next card will go into my birthday card stash and I really like the effect I achieved with the embossed background that I lightly sponged over to give it that worn look. The embossing folder is from Spellbinders #E3D-004 basket weave and I die cut the butterfly from some scrap DSP. The sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set.


The last card will go into my masculine card stash and combines dry embossing with some scrap DSP banners and a couple of coloured dots for the finishing effect. The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug and the sentiment is an old Stampin Up one.

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Not sure why this image is so small but I’m sure you get the idea.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

6 thoughts on “Dry Embossing”

  1. Yes, dry embossing is something I forget about too! You have made 3 great and really different cards here. The fully embossed backgrounds may be a bit too busy for our challenge as we love our uncluttered white space. But all these cards are really fab. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Less is More xx

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  2. What a super collection of cards. I love the texture of dry embossing on your cards, but it gets tricky when it cones to CAS. Maybe that’s why I forget about it too. Thank you for sharing with us at Less is More. x

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  3. All three of your cards and great examples of how cool embossing can be, Tristan! All of them show how embossing can really MAKE a card! Thank you for sharing your talents with us at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday weekly challenge! -Donna

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