Yippee for Yana: Dry Embossing with a Stencil

Yippee for Yana: Dry Embossing with a Stencil
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Hi friends! Welcome to the latest edition of Yippee for Yana! Yana Smakula has made this gorgeous card in two slightly different variations. Which do you like best? Please be sure to watch the video, read on, and enjoy!
Yippee for Yana: Dry Embossing with a Stencil
Yippee for Yana: Dry Embossing with a Stencil

Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula and I’m excited to bring you another episode from my by-monthly “Yippee For Yana” video series! In today’s video I’m showing how to use a stencil to create a subtle textured background for a card with the help of dry embossing!

Let’s jump right in. I’m going to start by saying that you can most definitely dry emboss with stencils. The depth of impression will depend on how thick the material out of which the stencil is made of is, Simon’s stencils are pretty thick and durable so they always leave a nice and visible impression on the paper. If you use a thinner stencil the embossing and debossing you’ll get might not be as deep.

To dry emboss with a stencil you’ll need to use a die cutting machine and an embossing mat. I used my Platinum 6” machine from Spellbinders but this can be done in any die cutting machine. I followed the sandwich instructions for dry embossing with dies in my machine and I also added a paper shim (regular paper folded in half, so 2 sheets thick).

I cut my white cardstock to 4 x 5 ¼” and aligned it in the center of Circular Lace stencil; you can also have it offset to the side if you like. After running it through my machine and ended up having a gorgeous textured background with an embossed and debossed side.

You can use a background like this for just about any card, you can also make these backgrounds on colored cardstock, not just white; they look fabulous on kraft.

To finish this card I stamped a few images and created a floral arrangement. Using my mini MISTI I stamped ice cream cone in Sunshine, large flower in Hot Mama, small flowers in Magnolia, floral branch in Twirling Tutu and leaves in Thistle.

I also heat embossed the word “Love” in Simon’s Antique Gold embossing powder and cut all images out using coordinating dies.

After having all of the parts and pieces ready I foam mounted my dry embossed background onto an A2 top folding card base and foam mounted all of my die cuts in place creating a floral arrangement. I doubled up foam adhesive in some places to add more dimension. Lastly, I adhered the large heat embossed “Love” and added “Sending” heat embossed in white on black, so my sentiment reads “Sending Love”.

Which background do you like better? The crisp embossed or less detailed debossed one? Please, comment below! Have fun stamping!


Yippee for Yana: Dry Embossing with a Stencil

Yippee for Yana: Dry Embossing with a Stencil


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  1. I love the look of this stencil as an embossed background. It adds texture in a beautiful design without being overpowering. The card is gorgeous and the video very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awesome card. I need those embossing pads and must add to my next SSS order. Also live the colors and dimension. Those new stencils are so versatile!

  3. For this card I think I like the embossed one, but they are both awesome, can’t go wrong either way! It’s been awhile since I’ve done dry embossing…..thanks for the reminder to use this technuque again. :)

  4. O My these cards are so pretty. Glad I found your blog, will be looking every day.love the embossing,I like both sides.Rena M

  5. What a lovely card! I really appreciate finding new and different ways to use items I already own! Thank you for a great card and some wonderful inspiration!

  6. This is a really beautiful card! I’ve know we could emboss with stencils just never tried, thanks for reminding us.

  7. I did that with a lot of stencil. The result is much nicer than using embossing folders, which somethimes damage the paper.

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