Dry Embossing with Stencils

Stencils are one of the most versatile products in my craft room. Not only are they versatile, they’re also inexpensive and take up very little storage space which is a win win! Today I want to share another way to use your stencils. This technique isn’t new, but it’s so fun and easy it deserves an updated video! Be sure to watch the video below to see how easy it is to use your stencils for dry embossing!


Dry embossing is a fabulous way to add fun texture to your cards, and normally you would use embossing folders to do it. And embossing folders are not that expensive, but they’re kind of a one technique item. You can use them for dry embossing, maybe add some ink, but that is about it. I would recommend buying a few embossing folders in “everyday” patterns like dots, stripes, etc, but for more fun patterns I would much prefer to buy stencils and use them for not only dry embossing, but also the many many more techniques they’re great for!

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Some tutorials will call for a specialized mat to dry emboss with stencils, but I prefer to use felt – yes, the kind you can buy in the kids craft section! I find felt gives me the best results and I can tailor the thickness and pressure I’m using with each project and stencils. Stencils will vary in their thickness and so will different papers you use, plus pressure can vary from machine to machine. So being able to quickly change out the amount of pressure you’re using is something I find really useful!

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To be 100% honest, I much prefer dry embossing with stencils rather than embossing folders. I feel like the the results are a lot more subtle, which are great for CAS cards, but you can add inks and sprays through the stencils as well for a bolder look! So not only can you dry emboss, you can then add in more techniques!

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I hope you all enjoyed a look back at this older technique! If you are interested in any of the products I used, they are listed and linked down below! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!


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