Dry Embossing with Stencils – A Video Tutorial

Stencils are one of my most versatile tools in my craft room. Today I want to share another fun technique you can do with your stencils, dry embossing! Dry embossing is a great way to add subtle texture to your handmade cards and to learn how to dry emboss with your stencils, watch the video tutorial down below!

Dry Embossing with stencils. A technique for cardmakers and paper crafters.

Dry Embossing with Stencils – The Video Tutorial

In the video above I use some products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I just want you to know I don’t use products or work with companies that I can not stand behind! For more information on my affiliations or design team work, head HERE.


Dry Embossing with Stencils Technique

For this technique you’re going to need only a stencils, I’m using The Crafters Workshop stencils today, a die cut machine, felt, and cardstock. When choosing your stencils, be sure to choose a heavy weight stencil for the best impression. That’s why I like TCW stencils. They are nice and thick and create a beautiful impression! Also, a heavier weight cardstock works best. I’m using 110 lb. Recollections cardstock.

After you gather your supplies, the technique is very simple to do. Use the sandwich that you normally would use for your dies, but instead of a die in that sandwich change it out for the felt and the stencil. Here’s my sandwich for the big shot —
Multipurpose platform (both tabs down), bottom cutting plate, three layers of felt (adjust according to the pressure of your machine), cardstock, stencil, and top cutting plate

Once you figure out your sandwich, how many layers of felt you will need to use, etc. all that’s left to do is send it through your die cutting machine! This can be a little difficult to send through, the main rule to follow is DON’T FORCE IT! If the sandwich doesn’t want to go through, don’t push it. On the other hand if it’s too easy to send through, you might not have enough pressure to create a nice impression. It really is about playing around and finding what works best for each individual stencil brand and your machine.

Finishing the Handmade Cards

Birthday Handmade Card

A easy handmade birthday card with a dry embossed background. The background was dry embossed with the Waves stencil from TCW.

For my first project I went very straight forward with the dry embossing with stencils technique. For the stencil, I used the “Waves” stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. It’s really a cake and cookie stencil, but I love the pattern so much I use it in my cardmaking! I ran the stencil through with a die cut oval and that was my background to add my stamped images.

A handmade birthday card made with Lawn Fawn's Year Seven stamp and die set. The background is dry embossed with stencils

To finish this card I used a small stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn called “Year Seven”. I love the little pinata!! I colored the images with my colored pencils and OMS. I also added a Celebrate die cut to complete this fun and bright birthday card!

Hugs Handmade Card

A simple card with a dry embossed background. The background is embossed with the Love Frame stencil from TCW

This card is so simple! I started by dry embossing with the “Love Frame” stencil from The Crafters Workshop. I placed the stencil strategically onto my cardstock so the heart frame would be in the lower right hand corner. I knew I wanted this to be the background for my sentiment.

To emphasize the embossed background, I ink blended over the top.

Before I added my die cut hugs sentiment, I wanted to emphasize the dry embossing from the stencil. To do that I used ink blending! It’s such an easy way to really highlight the embossed areas! And to finish the card I added a hugs die cut sentiment that I built up to create a chip board effect.

Friend Handmade Card

Taking dry embossing with stencils to the next level! I added ink to the stencil and then embossed. It presses the ink into the paper.

On this card I did a little some different with the dry embossing with stencils technique. Before running the stencil and cardstock through my die cutting I added pigment ink onto the stencil. I used Versafine Clair ink in Summertime. The pigment ink will lay nicely on the stencil and doesn’t bead up. It also stays wet for a long period of time which allows you time to position the cardstock and load everything into your die cut machine.

When adding ink into the dry embossing with stencils technique you achieve almost a letterpressed look!

What you are left with, after you run the stencil through your die cut machine, is an impression but also the ink transfers to the cardstock and creates a letter press look! This is such an easy way to take dry embossing with your stencils to the next level!

A simple handmade friendship card that was finished with the Concord and 9th Feathered stamp and die set

To finish this card I used the Feathered stamp and die set from Concord & 9th. I added a few feathers a simple friendship sentiment so I could keep the focus on that awesome embossed background!


Tips and Tricks for Dry Embossing with Stencils

  1. The stencils you use can alter how much felt you’re going to need and the amount of embossing you will get. Thicker, sturdier stencils work better for this technique.
  2. This technique will also be a bit different dependent upon which die cut machine you use and how old your machine is, too. A machine that applies more pressure will need less felt where an older machine that doesn’t apply as much pressure anymore will need a bit more.
  3. “Listen” to your die cut machine as you play around with your sandwich and the amount of felt you are using. Don’t force anything through that doesn’t want to go through.
  4. Another component that will alter the results you get is the cardstock you use. A heavier weight cardstock is the way to go. I used 110 lb cardstock for each of my projects today.
  5. There are a lot of way to take this technique to the next level. I showed you a few ways, by ink blending over the embossing or adding ink to the stencil before you emboss, but there are so many other ways. Play around and have fun with it!

I hope you all enjoyed a look at this fun dry embossing with stencils technique! It’s such a great way to add a bit of texture to your handmade cards and another way to use your already versatile stencils!

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


Supply List

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The Crafter’s Workshop TCWCC5-5019 Cookie & Cake Stencils 5.5″X5.5″-Waves
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Love Frame
The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Doodling Templates – Love Frame
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Distressed Lace
The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Doodling Templates – Distressed Lace
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Onepine 15pcs 7.9x11.8 inch(20x30 cm)Craft Felt Fabric Sheets
Onepine 15pcs 7.9×11.8 inch(20×30 cm)Craft Felt Fabric Sheets
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Sizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray
Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and Gray
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Lawn Fawn - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Year Seven
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Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Year Seven
Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Year Seven
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Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Dies - Nesting Ovals
Waffle Flower Crafts – Craft Dies – Nesting Ovals
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Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 132 Pack
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 132 Pack
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Gamblin Gamsol Oil Color, 16.9 oz, Clear
Gamblin Gamsol Oil Color, 16.9 oz, Clear
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Dappen Dish Glass
Dappen Dish Glass
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Pipettes (20 PCS)
Pipettes (20 PCS)
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Blending Stumps and Tortillions
Blending Stumps and Tortillions
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Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Everyday Sentiment Banners
Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Everyday Sentiment Banners
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Heffy Doodle - Heffy Cuts - Celebrate
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Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black
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MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
MISTI Stamping Tool – The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
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Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
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Sweet Celebration Paper Pack
Sweet Celebration Paper Pack
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Catherine Pooler Designs - Party Collection - Premium Dye Ink Pads - Party Dress
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Clarity Stencil Brushes Set Of 4
Clarity Stencil Brushes Set Of 4
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Heffy Doodle - Heffy Cuts - Hugs
Heffy Doodle – Heffy Cuts – Hugs
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Summertime
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Summertime
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Pinecone
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Pinecone
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Concord and 9th - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Feathered
Concord and 9th – Clear Photopolymer Stamps – Feathered
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Concord and 9th - Dies - Feathered
Concord and 9th – Dies – Feathered
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2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
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Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
Fiskars – 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Premium Black Embroidery Floss
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