Dry Embossing Ideas

Add texture to a scrapbook layout using embossing techniques. Pages will look designer-created with these cheap scrapbooking ideas.

Embossed Vellum

Design by Janna Wilson

Use the embossing tip on an electronic die-cutting tool to emboss accents. The pressure of the tip turns the vellum more opaque, making it easy to see the designs.

Editor's Tip: Hide adhesives on vellum by placing it behind layered elements, like a chipboard button.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Bella Blvd. Vellum: Hobby Lobby. Stickers: American Crafts (teal letters), Heidi Grace Designs (heart). Gems: Kaisercraft. Die-cutting tool, embossing tip: Slice by Making Memories.

Embossed Butterflies

Design by Mary MacAskill

Repurpose product packaging, such as the cardboard from a breakfast pastry box, to create pretty embossed accents like the butterflies on this page. After cutting and embossing your accents, make them shine by misting them with spray ink. Give the embossed accents extra dimension by popping them up with adhesive foam.


SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, green), Die Cuts With A View (teal). Patterned paper: KI Memories (green), Making Memories (wood grain). Font: Baramond off the Internet. Sticker: October Afternoon. Ribbon, stickpin: Making Memories. Buttons: Cosmo Cricket. Ink: Tattered Angels. Punch: McGill, Inc. Embossing tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.

Embossed Photos

Design by Robyn Werlich

Put your embossing tools to work on cardstock, felt, and even photos. Robyn embossed the white space on her photo, then lightly sanded it with a fine-grit sandpaper to make the relief more apparent. She also embossed a dot pattern on both felt and cardstock to add subtle texture to her page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, purple, white), Stampin' Up! (olive). Patterned paper, ribbon, ink, pens: Stampin' Up!. Brads: American Crafts (large white), Making Memories (white button, purple). Paper trim: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stamps: Stampendous (music score), Technique Tuesday ("Memories," "Celebrate this life."). Punches: EK Success (tickets, hearts, photo corner), Fiskars (scalloped border). Die-cutting tool: Silhouette. Adhesive: Fabric Mod Podge. Embossing folders: QuicKutz.

Embossed Stencils

Design by Jennifer Perks

Make accents stand out with embossed designs. All you need to get the look is a stencil and stylus. Simply place the stencil over the area you would like to emboss and use the stylus to put pressure on the paper visible through the stencil's openings. The coffee mug paper piecing on this page is adorned with an embossed snowflake with small gems.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (lavender dot), BoBunny Press (blue dot), Fancy Pants Designs (snowflake). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts ("good," "last," "drop"), Making Memories ("to the"). Die cuts: Fancy Pants Designs. Brads, gems: Queen & Co. Ribbon, punch: EK Success. Paper trim: BasicGrey (purple), Doodlebug Design (aqua). Thread: Coats & Clark. Embossing stencils: Heritage Handcrafts (snowflake), Stampin' Up! (dots).

Embossed Background

Design by Erica Hernandez

Get allover texture with an embossed cardstock background. You can use an embossing template and stylus, or try a special tool, such as the Xyron Creatopia, which can emboss entire sheets of paper or cardstock.


SOURCES: Cardstock: We R Memory Keepers. Font: Marketing Script ("never gonna happen") off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Brads: BasicGrey. Embossing tool, roller: Creatopia by Xyron. Embossing plate, tool: Epic 6 by QuicKutz. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0.

Embossed Texture

Design by Jennifer Johner

Soften cardstock with a light mist of water before embossing to avoid tearing. Emboss on a soft surface for best results. Jennifer used negative space from sheets of chipboard as an embossing stencil. She added texture to her background with circles in some spots, then accented one with stitching.


SOURCES: Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts. Patterned paper: KI Memories (pink, brown, green, laser-cut), Sassafras (blue stripe). Stickers, buttons, gems: KI Memories. Brads: Pink Paislee. Fabric: Amy Butler. Embossing stylus: Making Memories.

Embossed Guitar

Design by Erin Roe

Customize an embossed design for your layout by creating a template from a scanned image, dingbat, or digital element printed on cardstock. Erin embossed guitars on her layout to match her son's outfit. She gave the guitar additional depth by leaving the center of the image free from embossing.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (black, white), Die Cuts With A View (metallic). Patterned paper: Chatterbox (light blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (numbers, green, white dots), SEI (black dots). Fonts: Engravers MT ("2"), Franklin Gothic Book (journaling). Stickers, rub-ons: Making Memories. Punch: Fiskars.

Embossed Fabric

Design by Kandis Smith

Embossing isn't just for paper. Back fabric with masking tape and run it through an embossing machine to create a subtle texture. To emphasize the pattern and depth of the impress, use a light-color nonpatterned fabric. Kandis cut around the fabric with decorative-edge scissors before stitching it to the page.

Editor's Tip: Choose solid cardstock for the rest of your page so bold patterns don't overshadow the embossed design.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Stickers: October Afternoon. Brads: American Crafts. Buttons: BasicGrey. Stamps: Hero Arts. Punches: EK Success. Embossing tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Muslin: Jo-Ann Stores.

Embossed Winter Scrapbook Page

Design by Lisa Storms

Dry embossing can add a ton of fun texture to pages. Lisa embossed the color blocks and the title of her layout. After placing her title letter stickers on white cardstock, Lisa embossed them. To emphasize the design, she sanded it. To keep the layout balanced, Lisa added a mix of black-and-white photos and paper with bright pastels and color photos.

Editor's Tip: To avoid tearing, place waxed paper on your cardstock before you dry-emboss so your tool glides more smoothly.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: TypoSlab off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts ("snow"), Chatterbox ("motion," "2005"), Making Memories (gem). Texture template, embossing tool: Fiskars.

Embossed Circles

Design by Tracy Kyle

Dry embossing adds dimension to your layout while carrying a design element through the page. Tracy accented her three shaker boxes by embossing concentric circles on everything surrounding the embellishments, including the photos and the computer-printed title.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Fonts: Worn Machine (journaling), Savannah ("tears") by Autumn Leaves. Embossing template: Lasting Impressions. Shaker boxes: Carolee's Creations.

Embossed Title

Design by Erin Terrell

Erin used a number of different sources for her embossed design. The negative space left from a sheet of chipboard letters gave form for her title, and templates provided the flower design as well as the square texture found on the flowers and the bottom border.


SOURCES: Cardstock, buttons, ribbon, staples: Making Memories. Font: Modern Type by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Templates: Provo Craft (floral), Scrap Pagerz (line, dots, small squares).

Embossed Lines

Design by Leah Fung

To give her computer-printed title some theme-related texture, Leah placed the paper facedown on a soft surface and pressed a dot pattern into the back of each letter. For the straight embossed lines bordering her journaling block, Leah took the blade out of her Fiskars trimmer, positioned the cardstock in the trimmer as if she were going to cut it, and instead ran her stylus along the cutting groove.


SOURCES: Cardstock, eyelet: Making Memories. Patterned paper, die cuts, tacks: Chatterbox. Fonts: Tangerine (title and captions), Godzilla ("Godzilla") off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Ribbon: Bobbin Robbin. Thread: Coats & Clark.

Embossed Flowers

Design by Erika Ghumm

Erika used her die-cutting machine to cut and emboss the flowers and to emboss the large letters of her title with alphabet stencils. For the smaller letters, she ran strips of cardstock through a label maker. Lightly brushing the embossed elements with dye ink accentuates them.


SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, fibers: Club Scrap. Font: Maiandra GD off the Internet. Die cuts, die-cutting machine: Spellbinders. Stamps: All Night Media (small), PSX (large). Punch: Emagination Crafts. Label maker: Dymo. Stencil letters: Autumn Leaves. Perforator: Tonic.

Embossed Metal

Design by Nicole Gartland

To emboss the metal strips that frame her page, Nicole ran them through a label maker, then rubbed a black marker over the tops of the letters for emphasis.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Magenta (pink), Making Memories (ruled). Pens: Sakura of America (white), American Crafts (black). Metal: USArtQuest. Label maker: Dymo.

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