Have you ever looked at a finished card and thought, “Something’s missing, but what?”
You’ve used layers and colors, and maybe you’ve even loaded it up with embellishments. Yet something still seems to be missing. You have a feeling you need to add texture, but how? And where?
Say hello to embossing.
Embossing is a little bit magic
Today’s project is a birthday card that highlights two types of embossing – dry, and heat. In the most basic terms…
- dry embossing involves a thin material enclosed in a special “embossing folder” and hand rolled through a special machine. The pressure imprints, or “embosses,” the pattern onto both sides of the material. Card stock is commonly used, but embossers also work well on tissue paper, thin leather, crafting foil and acetate ribbon.
- heat embossing involves stamping or writing with a special ink, applying embossing powder to it, then heating the design with a heating tool until the powder melts, thus creating a raised effect. This creates texture and dimension to stamped images and, depending on the powder, also creates sparkle or shine.
We will explore both types of embossing in more detail in future blogs posts, along with the subject of dies and die cuts such as those used on this card’s greeting panels (there are three die-cut layers). Today is all about how it adds texture to cards.
I personally love embossing. Watching the design appear, either from heat or intense pressure, is always a magical moment. In fact, most of my projects involve it in one way or another. Which brings me to today’s card.
I made this one for a dear friend. She’s not the frilly frou frou type, but I knew she’d appreciate a bit of glitz and glamour, and that’s where heat embossing comes in. It adds a lovely sparkle and shine in the most elegantly subtle way. And it’s fun to do! I never get tired of watching the dull powder melt into a shiny design. As for the dry embossing…
Doesn’t it add a beautiful texture to the background panel? When you’re faced with a panel that seems ho-hum, try dry embossing. There are so many ways to dress even that up, but today we’ll stick with the basics.
Embellishments can be simpler
Normally I tend to pile on the decorations, but when embossing is involved, I often go slightly simpler. However, I couldn’t resist the tiny multi-loop bow made with twine and the addition of a couple of itty bitty punched tags, topped with a red pearl brad. Yes, a brad. Because the holes in the tags were too small for the twine to go through, so I faked it and attached them with some teeny tiny glue dots. I then stuck a decorative brad on top to disguise the trickery. (I snipped off the ends of the brad first since it wouldn’t be puncturing anything.) A couple of contrasting banners complete the decoration.
As usual, I’ve inked the edges of some of the papers. However, I didn’t add stitching this time because I felt the textured paper plus the glimmery greeting, PLUS the tiny bow added enough texture.
Here are a few more examples
Here are a few more from my old blog. Can you spot the embossing? (Remember, it could be using either the heat or dry methods. Or both!)
Always in good taste
So there you have it. Embossing can almost always add a perfect note of texture to just about any card. I find the more I create, the more I use it. It’s just that useful.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you’re making cards and wondering how to add some texture and a bit of zing, try embossing. Do dry, do heat, or do both! Then share your creations in the comment section.
We’re waiting for you!