What we will be making:
In this tutorial, learn how to add embossing to your greeting cards
without making a large investment in special tools. Embossing, a raised
surface design, adds a subtle finishing touch that makes your handmade
card truly unique. An embossed card is bound to be appreciated for its
This greeting card tutorial builds on previous tutorials,
#1: Four Patch Cards and
#2: Matted Clip-art and Photo Cards.
If you are new to card making, review these tutorials before
starting this one.
Refer to Tutorial #1: Four Patch Cards for how to make
card blanks and envelopes.
Here's what you need:
- White card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
- Coordinating cardstock and paper
- Scissors or craft knife
- Cardboard—cereal box or poster board
- Ruler or paper trimmer
- Craft stick or embossing tool
- White computer paper for envelopes
- Optional: Tape, paper punches, rubber stamps,
embossing templates or brasses
This tutorial is 7th of twelve
card making tutorials and is rated AVERAGE to do.
Making Embossed Greeting Cards
Read through the tutorial before starting.
- Step 1: Select Cardstock and Paper
To make the card in this tutorial, select a solid color of
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" square of cardboard—cardboard from an
empty cereal box or poster board works well. Draw a 3" 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 that the cardboard
isn't too heavy to be punched.
Step 3: Cut Cardstock and Paper
Cut a 5¼" by 4" piece of decorative
paper to use as the card's background.
Cut a 3½" 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 check
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. With a couple of fingers from the hand
holding the craft stick, 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 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
To enhance the card for viewing across a room, add more
embellishments with colored pencils or rubber stamps.
That's it! Your card is done!
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