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Fun and easy cards with Dry Embossing

The Crafter's Workshop Solemn Branch stencil

Hi everyone, today I’m on The Crafter’s Workshop blog with a set of fun and easy cards that everybody can make because they don’t require special skills! You just need a stencil, a die cutting/embossing machine and some gilding waxes! Today's project is focussing around the so called “dry embossing with stencils” technique.


The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own. This post also contains affiliate links.


Step 1:

So, let’s get started: first I’m die cutting two panels (since I’m making two cards) from some matte black 300 gr. card stock (you can use whatever black card stock you have), with a square stitched nesting die, in the size that I want.

My next step is the dry embossing technique: for this step it’s important that you test what “sandwich” your die cutting/embossing machine needs (I use a Sizzix Big Shot). For my Big Shot I used the following sandwich: use Tab 1 of the Multipurpose Platform, layer the (black) Impressions Pad, the (black) Silicone Rubber, the card stock, the stencil you want to use and 1 cutting plate. Think up front on which side of the card stock you are going to dry emboss, for my first card I used one side (the branches from the stencil that I use are embossed) and for the second card I used the other side (the branches are now debossed). For today’s project I choose the beautiful The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Solemn Branch“ (TCW761s).

Step 2:

Now I’m going to ad the gilding wax, this will enhance the embossed/debossed designs and create a metal effect. The panels will look more interesting if you use two colours on each panel: on each panel I used Treasure “Pewter“ gilding wax, on the first card I combined this with Pebeo Gilding Wax in the colour “King Gold“ and on the second card I combined the “Pewter“ with the Coosa Creatief “Copper“ gilding wax. You take a tiny little bit of the wax with your finger from the jar and rub in over the black card stock (you only need the tiniest amount with a thin layer on your finger). You can work in several layers adding more colour until you’re happy with the result. After waiting ten minutes you can rub over the gilding wax with a paper tissue to create more shine.

Honey Bee Stamps called “Hooray Day"

Step 3:

Next I’m going to work on the other elements for my cards: I die cut a slightly larger square panel from some mirror card stock: red for the gold wax card and silver for the copper wax card. The mirror card stock will enhance the metal effect you created with the gilding wax. I adhered the gilding wax panel on the larger mirror panel using liquid glue and then I adhered these combined panels to a crème coloured linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape.

Now my base is ready and I can start working on the embellishments.

For my embellishments I choose a sentiment a some cute butterflies (but you can use flowers or other elements if you like). For the “Happy“ die cut I used a die from Crealies (with number CLTD104), for the “Birthday“ and “Celebrate“ die cut I used a die set from Honey Bee Stamps called “Hooray Day“. I used the same black card stock to die cut from and also coloured the words with gilding wax in the opposite colours (gold for the copper card and copper for the gold card). The shadows are die cut with the same Honey Bee die set and die cut from Grafix Arts “Vellum“ which ads a nice subtle element to this card I feel.

For the butterflies I used the same techniques and materials and I used a Joy Crafts die with number 6002/0322 to die cut the butterflies.

I adhered the black card stock to the vellum using a Tombow Glue Pen and this way I also adhered the sentiments and the butterflies to the card.

And to finish this fun and easy card project I added some Stickles in the colour “Mercury Glass“ to the bodies of the butterflies and let that dry!

Some detail pictures of both cards:

That’s it for today’s project!

I used this same dry embossing technique (without the wax) on one of the first projects that I created for The Crafter’s Workshop. The end result was completely different, if you’re curious you can check out that project HERE!

We would love to see what you create with The Crafters Workshop Stencils and Mediums. You can share it with us on our Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest using hashtag #tcwstencillove

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