Technique Tuesday #21

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: DRY EMBOSSING WITH DIES.

This is a fun way to add a different look to a paper crafting project while getting more use out of your dies.

You will need: card stock, die/dies, die cutting machine, rubber/silicone mat or piece of craft foam, post it note or washi tape {for holding die in place}, extra cardstock/chipboard for a shim {if neccesary}.


*Please note: depending on what kind of die cutting machine you are using, you may have to experiment with the cutting plates/shims to get the proper “sandwich” which will result in an embossed image that you are happy with. I would suggest using a small die and small pieces of card stock for practicing {this will reduce wasting paper}. If the embossing is too faint, use a thicker sandwich by adding a shim {card stock/chipboard}. If the card stock ends up cut through, cracked or wrinkled make the sandwich thinner.


I use a Cuttlebug so my layers are the following {bottom to top}: A plate, B plate, rubber mat or foam, card stock, die {cutting side on the card stock}, chip board {for a shim}, B plate.


Place the “sandwich” {all of the layers} in the die cutting machine and run this through the machine very carefully. I used just a bit of washi tape to make sure the die didn’t shift while embossing. *Please note: if you feel a lot of resistance, remove it and reduce the thickness. This may be as simple as removing one card stock shim.

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Remove the embossed card stock from the layers and it is now ready to use for your paper crafting project. This is the impression after embossing the largest snowflake.




Since we are now into September, I decided to make a Christmas card with the embossed panel. I cut it down a bit, adhered it to some patterned paper, added some sparkly white ribbon tied into a knot before attaching it to a white card base. I then cut out two other snowflakes and layered them with a brad. Dimensional adhesive was used to add them to the front of the card and then a touch of Wink of Stella was applied on the top one. Finally, a few sequins for a bit of shine 🙂




I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!


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Until next time,


The Country Touch








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