Today I want to share with you everything you need to know for how to emboss paper at home. But first a couple questions:

  • Do you pick up lovely cards for your family and friends at the Hallmark store?
  • Are you someone who spends hours looking at, touching and reading every card to make sure you get just the perfect one for a friend?
  • Do you like to spend time doing something creative?

Why not learn to make your own handmade cards with some quick card making techniques like embossing?

Today I’m showing a really simple – and amazing – card using two kinds of embossing. Take a peek!

What You Need for How to Emboss Paper at Home
Double Embossed Handmade Christmas Card

This design is one I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from Stampin’ Up!’s catalogue. I tweaked mine with a slight colour change, a different size and my favourite greeting. That’s how easy it is to add your own personality to cards that inspire you created by someone else!

But let’s talk about embossing, shall we?

How to Emboss Paper At Home

Using embossing in your handmade cards really is dah bomb! It’s a wonderful way to make elegant, easy and lovely cards to share with family and friends. They’ll be over-the-top amazed at your artistic talent! (But it’s like the Rice Krispie square recipe…we won’t share just how easy this is! 😉)

Let’s start with the background for his card. It’s created with a technique called dry embossing.

Dry Emboss with the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder

The embossing folder does all the work for you. Here you can see I’ve created a background on the Very Vanilla card front. Then I’ve overlaid it with a second piece of Champagne foil, also dry embossed with the same Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder.

I love the deep impressions I can achieve!

How to Emboss Paper at Home
Fabulous 3D Detail with the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder

And there are only three things you need to create an embossed background like this:

  1. a piece of cardstock (or foil like I used here)
  2. your favourite embossing folder
  3. a die cutting machine like our Stampin’ Cut & Emboss
All You Need to Dry Emboss

To see the fast steps to embossing, take a peek at this JO-Tips video.

Heat Emboss a Greeting for a Handmade Card

If dry embossing is “dah bomb”, heat embossing is the piece de resistance! This technique elevates a card from pretty to outstanding. Here I’ve used a greeting from the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set and heat embossed a classy sentiment.

And there are only a couple more things you need to create a lovely greeting just like this one!

  1. a Versamark ink pad
  2. your favourite sentiment stamp
  3. a piece of cardstock
  4. embossing powder
  5. a heat tool to melt the powder
What You Need to Heat Emboss

I have the exact how-to’s to heat emboss in this quick JO-Tips video.

How to Emboss Paper at Home
Shiny Embossing Powder for Stand Out Handmade Cards

If you’re wondering about the colour of embossing powder I used here, it’s one I created myself. See how I did that – and a few more tips and tricks – here.

Who’s Going to Make One?

I’ve love to know! Are you ready to jump into your craft work area and get started on a lovely card like this for the holidays?

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Or maybe you’re new to paper crafting and would love a few more details? Drop me an email at jo@designwithjo.ca. I’d love to help you learn some techniques like this to send out your own handmade holiday cards this year too.

Thank You

Thanks a bunch for stopping in to see what I’ve been creating. I hope it gives you a shot of inspiration to get started on your holiday greetings. Have fun!

How to Emboss Paper at Home

And just so you know? Once you learn how to emboss paper at home for quick and classy cards like this, I promise you won’t be visiting the Hallmark store anymore!

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