Want a super quick way to add texture and depth to your card making – dry emboss die cuts for outstanding cards! What another great idea to take a simple design and amp it up for fabulous results!

This project is one we made together in my Facebook live this week – one everyone loved! If you’d love to come play with us, here’s where you can catch the action!

If you’re a newsletter subscriber of mine, you’ll have received your Color Coach this week. So our live focussed on how to use it. Some of these are unusual colour combos Stampin’ Up! artists put together I bet most of us have never even thought of!

Like this design featuring Blueberry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist and Melon Mambo!

Dry Emboss Die Cuts for Outstanding Cards
A bold and bright colour combo to make you smile – and what about those embossed hearts?

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Happiness is Card Making!

There’s just something about a bold and bright card, isn’t there? It’s like taking an instant happy pill!

And isn’t that what card making is all about?

Making YOU happy in the creative process.

And making someone you care about happy to rip open that envelope!

And if you can learn and use a new technique that’s fun AND easy, why wouldn’t you?

Dry Emboss Die Cuts for Outstanding Cards

You’ll want to check out the replay of the Facebook Live here. I share lots of other tips but the ones most important to getting instant success in this technique are right here!

Jo’s Technique Tips

1) Use shapes

You’ll be more pleased when you use larger die shapes like stars, hearts and flowers for this technique. Something where you’ll be able to see the dry embossing show up well. For this card, I used three sizes of hearts each one an adequate size to show off the cool texturing.

2) All-over pattern embossing folders

I’ve tried this with embossing folders that had open spaces (see the Pretty Peacock heart card below) in them and wasn’t quite as happy. So try pulling in your folders with patterns that completely cover the folder. Our Facebook Live card makers chose Metal Plate and Cane Weave for the card we made together.

Dry Emboss Die Cuts for Outstanding Cards

3) Use more than one!

While you can always use just a single embossing folder, I’ll bet you have a few you can choose from. So play with more than one. Use at least two, but even three would be great for variety.

Another thing you can do (that you can see on the Fresh Freesia card below) is emboss the patterned paper for even more touchy-feely vibes!

Your Turn!

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Enjoy rifling through your stash to pull out a couple embossing folders and some cool colours to make your own version.

Or if you’d like to copy mine exactly, click here to see all the supplies I used that you can pin, print or order from!

A Couple Other Ideas!

So how about a few other designs made using the same technique?

The Fresh Freesia was the first sample I made, but then I played with another colour combo from the Color Coach: Pretty Peacock, Melon Mambo and Grey Granite.

No dies? No worries! Don’t be shy to try other shapes like your punches. As long as they’re large enough, you’ll get a great result like on the “hello” card!

I could have gone on all day, making cards using the same layout and technique. And they’d all look a little bit different!

But I had to stop so I could get prepped for the live! 😜

Proof that once you start to dry emboss die cuts for outstanding cards you won’t want to stop!