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Embossing A Card

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Dry embossing a card (as opposed to heat embossing where a stamp and heat gun are used) can be a great way to accentuate blank areas on a home made card and it adds that extra element that can make all the difference in your finished project, as per the right hand side of this Christmas card I made.



Embossing adds a special feature to a home made card


Art and Craft Supplies

Lightbox (or improvise using the instructions given)
Card
Template or stencil
Embossing tool
Pencil and ruler

Method

1. If you don't have a lightbox, you can improvise using a glass topped table with a lamp or torch shining through the glass from underneath. Alternatively, you could also use a window on a sunny day if you have a steady hand.



A makeshift lightbox


2. Turn your card to the reverse side and lightly mark the area in which you want to emboss with a ruler and pencil.



Makeshift lightbox from glass topped table


3. With your card still on the reverse side i.e. wrong side up, right side down, place your template on the glass with the card on top. When the light shines through from your lightbox, you will be able to see the stencil shape underneath. By working on the reverse, you will end up with a raised image on the right side of the card.



Makeshift lightbox from glass topped table


4. Use your embossing tool to gently push through the stencil on to your card.



Use embossing tool to press through stencil on to card


5. When you turn your card right side up, you will end up with the desired, raised image. You can then finish your card with any other embellishments or pictures you desire.



Use embossing tool to press through stencil on to card



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