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.
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!
Thanks for reading, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!