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Sunday, May 17, 2020

{Stencil Sunday} Dry Embossing With Stencils

Happy Sunday, STAMPlorations friends! We have a new batch of stencil inspiration today. You'll get to see projects that show off how to creatively use ARTplorations stencils. And each month, we'll pick one winner of a $15 gift code -- the winner will be drawn from all comments left on the Stencil Sunday posts for the month, as well as from the designers' blogs.

STAMPgirl Helen shares 4 ways to dry emboss with stencils.



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Hello everyone! It is Sunday Stencil day! Helen here and I would like to share 4 ways you can use stencils for dry embossing. Yes... you can use stencils for dry-embossing with your cutting/embossing machine.

I used Gemini Junior to emboss all these backgrounds. I tried a couple ways of sandwiching the plates to get good enough result. You need to check your machine sandwich for this technique; sometimes you need to try different ways like I did. You will need a rubber embossing that made specially for your machine. This rubber mat is a must have in between the sandwich plates.

So here are the four embossed backgrounds:

First embossed background, I used the Brick Wall stencil. This is the basic dry-embossing with stencil technique. I simply added the stencil on the cardstock and ran it through the machine.

But I found out that there was still some white ink on the stencil from the previous project that I got some white lines on the kraft cardstock. But I think I like how it turned out.


On the second background, I used the Faces: Beauty stencil. First, I taped the stencil on the cardstock, put it in between the sandwich plates and then ran it through the machine. I get the basic embossed image on the cardstock.

With the stencil still on the cardstock, I added the Distress Ink Vintage Photo with makeup sponge to color just the hair. I left it as it is to see the highlight on the beautiful hair of the girl.


For the third background, I added some watercolor paint on watercolor paper to create that watercolor wash background. I dried it with craft heater. And then after that, I taped the Petals 3 stencil on the watercolored paper. I added some purple Gelatos on the stencil, and using fairly wet finger, I blended the color around the center of the stencil.

I removed the stencil and dried the Gelatos on it with craft heater. After that, I put the stencil back and then embossed it using the same technique.


The fourth background, I created a alcohol ink background. And then I dry-embossed it using the Arrow Which Way stencil.

I trimmed the paper into a paper strip and added on a white card for a border.

Isn't it amazing that you can use stencils in many different ways? I hope today you can try dry embossing and share your projects in our Stencil Challenge this month. Thanks for stopping by!


Dry embossing looks like such a fun technique to try, doesn't it? For a chance to win a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store, leave a comment here by June 8. We'll announce the winner in the May winners post on June 10.

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  1. This is such a great idea. It stretches out tools. LOVE IT!

  2. Fabulous inspiration and new techniques for me....Thank you x.

  3. Love the embossed look with the stencils! I keep thinking I'll try this... thanks for the reminder!

  4. That's very cool! I will have to try running stencils through my big shot. I always love extra ways to use tools! Thank you! :)

  5. So good to learn different uses for our stencils - Thanks

  6. These are so cool!! The white "leftover" ink on the brick pattern really makes the bricks pop! I'd say it was a fortuitous accident. And the embossed face looks fabulous with the hair colored like that!

  7. This is so cool.i like the idea of getting more mileage from the stencils.

  8. Awesome technique I will give it try with the few stencils that I have.
    Well done Helen and thanks for sharing.

  9. What a cool idea! I love the different stencils you used!

  10. I saw you do this before and I tried it and LOVED the results! Such a neat effect! I just love the inspiration from the Stampkorations team! Thanks and be safe and stay crafty!

  11. These are all fabulous ideas. I love the girl!

  12. The embossing came out fabulous - TFS this technique

  13. Great technique! Cards came out with great results.

  14. Love all the different
    ways to use the stencils.
    Look fabulous.
    Carla from Utah

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  16. What a marvelous way to 'stretch' your stencils - thank you do much for sharing these techniques and the wonderful results. especially with the face stencil
    Stay safe

  17. Great idea to combine the stencil embossing and stencil coloring. The results are amazing. tfs-stay well.

  18. Dry embossing with stencils has become one of my fav techniques these days :)

  19. Thanks for sharing this technique with us!

  20. Looking good! I'm always up for learning new techniques with stencils!

  21. Thanks for sharing how you made these backgrounds with stencils.

  22. Wow! Great tutorial on using these fun stencils with my crafting!!

  23. Thanks for the tips. It's always nice to be able to use a product in a different way.

  24. Good look at the technique. Something to try.

  25. These are amazing! I NEED to try these ideas!! Thanks for sharing.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


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