Monday 26 May 2014

Dry Embossing with Stencils - A tutorial

       Hello friends,

Kripa here, with my take on Lulupu Challenge #31 - Movie Inspiration. A quick recap of the challenge this fortnight

Please find the General rules here.. 

Qualification Guidelines
1. Only Cards and Layouts are allowed
2. Must use embossing folders or dry embossing or 
just score your card/LO using a bone folder or scorpal  or any embossing tool.
3. Kindly mention how you got inspired by the movie
4. Above all just have fun.. ;)

Do you remember the first dry embossing you did...... way back in school? Placing a Rs.1 coin under a sheet of paper, rubbing the top of the paper with a pencil and then grinning away when like magic the impression of the emblem appeared on the paper!

Well, when I saw the criteria for the challenge 'Dry Embossing', this was the first thing that popped into my head. So, instead of using an embossing folder, I used stencils to emboss - just like school days :) The added advantage of using stencils is that its very easy to control where in your card or layout you want to emboss. So, grab your favorite stencil, a scratch piece of paper, an embossing tool (or back of paint brush or eyelet setter or spoon) and give this a go alongwith me.

If you don't have a light source then place the stencil against a window and use the sun as the light source. The tool used to mark the outline will determine how  sharp or subtle the embossing effect will be. For a softer effect use the back of a spoon, for a sharp image like in the picture above go over the outline a couple of times with an embossing tool.

My card is based on the movie 127 HOURS. Its a true story of a mountain climber's adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. The grunge style, butterfly, gears and quote are all elements taken from the movie.

I gessoed a piece of Prima Cartographer paper and two plain manila tags before embossing them with Crafters Workshop gears template. Using a blending foam applied various shades of brown, black and yellow distress inks only on the raised embossed areas. This is how the card turned out finally.

Do let me know if you give this technique a go. I'd love to see your creation entered in this challenge. You have until 31st May to join the fun.

Supplies from Lulupu store:


  1. I never tried that before! will surely give a hand at that...thanks for sharing :)

  2. Beautiful card Kripa!! TFS Tutorial!

  3. Gorgeous card & a fabulous idea! I will deffo give this a simple, but I hadnt' thought of it!! Thanks for sharing:):)

  4. Love this grungy look for the card, Kripa! beautiful inspiration...

  5. Wow!! Love the gorgeous grungy look you have given to your card Kripa! Outstanding! and thank you for the embossing tip! its a must try !

    1. Thanks Jaya. It's very diff to my usual style of pinks and pretties, looks like I found a new style to explore.

  6. Kripa, I am just floored by your card...I loved the movie too, James Franco was awesome. Thanks for the tips, you inspired me to actually try out dry embossing.

    1. Thank u v much Som. Can't wait to see your creation

  7. Awesome post ...Got to try this !your card looks fab ..

  8. What an awesome card Kripa the grunge look and the fabulous embossing you have done ..looks really fab !!


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