Did you know there are two kinds of embossing? One is heat embossing where you melt emboss powders with a heat tool and the other is called dry embossing where you use a stylus and stencil or an embossing folder to create a raised design in your card stock.

I used BOTH types of embossing on these cake cards & I’ve got some great tips to share with you today!

First, the only difference between these cards is that I colored in the larger flowers on the card on the left with the Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blends.

I wanted to make a card with that beautiful cake stamp, but I didn’t want to do any coloring. The uncolored card on the right is perfect for my tastes, but adding color to the large flowers is one way that you could “step it up” as they say.

Tips for Heat Embossing:

  • Rub an embossing buddy across your card stock first thing to eliminate static and keep extra emboss powder from sticking to your card stock where you don’t want it. This is a quick step that makes a BIG difference!
  • Stamp your image with ink that stays wet long enough for you to add embossing powder and heat it. I prefer the VersaMark pad but you can use any pigment inks that you have.
  • After you’ve stamped your image, cover the entire image with emboss powder. Gently tap off any excess powder.
  • Control the “mess”: Store your embossing powder in a flat, square Ziploc container and use a spoon to apply it.
  • You may want to “pre-heat” your heat tool. Then gently wave your heat tool across your image until all the powder has melted into a shiny image.
  • If your paper starts to warp and curl, alternate heating it from the top and bottom.


Basic Heat Embossing Supplies:


 Whisper White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Seaside Spray embossed background: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Scalloped Rectangle: 2-15/16″ x 4-1/16″

It’s been years since I used a stylus and stencil to emboss, so today I’m skipping straight to embossing folders.

Tips for Using Embossing Folders:

  • Embossing Folders can be used in many different machines and all machines are different. As you play around with building different “sandwiches” you may want to note what works best for your machine.
  • If your folder pattern is barely visible after running it through your machine, you’ll want to add more layers. Try an extra sheet of card stock on top or a shim if you have one. Want a deeper design? Add more layers of card stock on top of your sandwich!
  • Your “sandwich” should be tight running through your machine, but don’t force it! If it seems like it doesn’t want to go through, make your sandwich thinner. You don’t want to break anything!!
  • If your card stock “cracks” after using an embossing folder, try spritzing your paper with water first. This breaks up the fibers of the paper and will give you better embossing.

Dry Embossing Supplies:

Now I’d love to know… Have you tried either type of embossing before? Did I share any tips that were new to you? Leave a comment and let me know.

Happy Stamping!

P.S. Want to learn even MORE about how to use embossing to take your cards to the next level? Join me in Step Up Your Cards with Die-Cutting and Embossing!

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