- Step 1: Select cardstock and paper
To make the card in this tutorial, select a solid color
cardstock and a coordinating decorative paper. The embossing
will be done on the cardstock. A sure bet is to
select cardstock and paper in the same basic color. For more dynamic
color combinations refer to the
color wheel concepts in the
Paper Weaving Card tutorial.
Step 2: Make Embossing Template
Cut a 4-inch square of cardboard—cardboard from an
empty cereal box or poster board work well. Draw a 3-inch heart in the center of the cardboard square and
cut it out using scissors or a craft knife.
templates can also be made with a paper punch. Be sure the cardboard
isn't too heavy to be punched.
Step 3: Cut cardstock and paper
Cut a 5¼-inch by 4-inch piece of decorative
paper to use as the card's background.
Cut a 3½-inch square from the solid color cardstock to
- Step 4: Align Template and Cardstock
Center the embossing template over the the cardstock square,
front-side up. While holding firmly, flip the two over.
Tip: Hold the template and cardstock in front of a light to better
see that the paper is centered on the heart.
- Step 5: Emboss Cardstock
We are doing a type of dry embossing called blind embossing.
It's called blind because the embossing template is hidden
from view. Hold the cardstock and template firmly with one hand and
the craft stick in the other hand. Use a couple of fingers from the hand
holding the craft stick to gently feel for the edge of the heart.
Run the tip of the craft
stick along the edge, all the way around. Flatten the craft stick
and retrace the edge pushing more firmly to get a sharp impression.
You may first want to practice the embossing on some scrap
Tip: The cardstock can easily slip out of place. You
may want to lightly tape it to prevent slipping.
Turn the cardstock over to reveal the embossed heart. If there
are any gaps in the embossing, carefully realign the template and
repeat the embossing.
Tip: It is possible on some types of
cardstock to correct problems. Use the flat of the craft stick to
press out problems in the embossing and redo the embossing.
- Step 6: Assemble Card
Glue the decorative paper background to the card and glue the embossed cardstock
square on top. Embossing is a very subtle design element best viewed
close-up. To enhance the card for viewing across a room,
embellishments with colored pencils or rubberstamps.