Inkspirations Blog Hop - Embossing - March 2022

Forever Blossoms

Faux Dry Embossed Vellum Technique

Hello my stamping friends and fellow blog hoppers!

This month for the Inkspirations Blog Hop we are focusing on embossing techniques.  So many ways to emboss all of the fabulous.  But for today’s project I decided to go “old-school” and share a Faux Dry-Embossed Technique.  

Okay, so who remembers dry-embossing with a  stylus, a light table, and a metal template?  Yep, me too!  It was fun, but a lot of work and it was not comfortable for my hand if it was too extensive.  

Then came along our embossing machines and our folders, and it was so easy to add dry embossing to our projects.  Yeah!  I know there are very few card projects I do now without adding texture to a full panel or a  tag, maybe even just a layered embellishment.  It is so easy.

But I really do love this Faux Embossing Technique.  It returns to the stylus method of pressing the image, but it doesn’t require a light table or metal template.  You simply press the stamped image from the back side of the vellum cardstock, so you can see what you are doing with the image.  I use a foam mat to allow me to press down and etch the vellum cardstock.  It allows me to etch a white film into the image and pop up the image as well. 

I have a full Show & Tell Demonstration for your crafting enjoyment and to take you through the full process from start to finish.  Check it out, and if you enjoyed watching please subscribe to my youtube channel so you will be notified when I share other projects in video format!  


Now that you have seen it all come together, is it something you might try in a future project?  Let me know if I inspired you today.  Leave me a comment here on the blog.  And if you need a list of supplies or the written instructions, they are here as well.  Just keep scrolling to find all the details.

Okay, and now without further ado, please hop on along to Sue Allen’s blog and enjoy the next project.  Enjoy all the embossing we share with you today!

Happy Stampin,


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Forever Blossoms - Embossed Vellum Technique

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Stamp Sets:

  • Forever Blossoms 151457
  • Biggest Wish 155052


  • Staz-on 101406


  • Basic Black 121045
  • Vellum 101856
  • Smokey Slate 131202


  • Encircled In Beauty Dies 155546
  • Frayed Edge Ribbon 158138
  • Stylus from Simply Scored Tool 122334
  • Paper Snips 103579
  • Stampin’ Trimmer 152392
  • Bone Folder 102300
  • Mini Dimensional 144108
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss 149653
  • Stampin’ Piercing Mat 126199

Project Instructions:

  1. Cut a 11” x 4 ¼” piece of Smokey Slate cardstock. Score at 5 ½”. Fold in half to form a card base. Burnish crease using a Bone Folder.

  2. Die-cut from a piece of 4” x 4” Basic Black cardstock, the Encircled in Beauty Die.

  3. Die-Cut from a piece of 3 ½” x 3 ½” Smokey Slate cardstock, the Encircled In Beauty Die.

  4. Stamp with Staz-on ink the flower image onto a piece of 4 ¾” x 3 ½” the Vellum Cardstock.  Let it dry or flip onto a scrap piece of paper and blot the image to dry  it.

  5. Now flip the Vellum image, stamped side down, on a piece of clean scrap paper.  Place it on top of the piercing mat.  Using your stylus gently rub and press the back side of the image to dry emboss the petals.  Don’t press too hard because you could rip the vellum.

  6. Now add dimensionals or your adhesive of choice to the back of the vellum and adhere to a Basic Black cardstock that is 5” x 3 ¾”.

  7. Next, unravel the Frayed Edge Ribbon to create a linen thread to use as embellishment.  If you rather, you could use our standard linen thread instead.  Wrap and tack it several times around the base of the embossed image.

  8. Now add the layer to the card front.

  9. On a piece of scrap Basic White cardstock, stamp your sentiment with the Staz-on Ink.  Then fuzzy cut the sentiment out.

  10. Next layer the two die-cuts for the sentiment embellishment.

  11. Add the cut out sentiment.

  12. Position it on your card and trim the excess off the edges with your paper snips.


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