Stampin’ Up! Faux Embossing

Stampin up faux dry emboss

Want a simple way to create the "wow" appeal of dry embossing in a fraction of the time?  This week's Splitcoast Technique Challenge (TLC183) offers the simple basics to achieve this look.  I also incorporated Splitcoast Sketch Challenge (SC191) and Color Challenge (CC181: Kraft, Basic Black, Rose Red) into this card.  TIP:  All Daily Splitcoast Challenges are listed on my right side bar for your convenience.

Stampin up faux dry emboss 1

The Kindred Spirits stamp was inked in Whisper White Craft ink and stamped on Kraft card stock.  TIP:  I used a heat gun to speed the drying process of the craft ink

Stampin up faux dry emboss 2

Gather a Stamp-a-ma-jig, imaging sheet and Sahara Sand Ink for the overlay.  TIP:  Note how the imaging sheet fits into the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

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The same stamp (it's a two sided stamp . . . don't be confused 🙂 was cleaned and reinked in Sahara Sand.  I snugly fitted the imaging sheet into the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig and slid (again fitted against the Stamp-a-ma-jig corner) the inked overlay image onto the imaging sheet.

Stampin up faux dry emboss 4

The stamped imaging sheet is positioned on top of the Whisper White image, slightly off of lining upTIP:  This is a critical step in creating the shading that mimics embossing.

Stampin up faux dry emboss 5

Carefully remove the imaging sheet making sure not to move the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Ink the stamp again in Sahara Sand and use the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the overlay.

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Here's the end result!

I cropped and embossed the image using Nestabilities Rectangles and my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (on sale 9/2).  Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig one more time, the sentiment was layered onto the image.  The Basic Black scalloped mat also was created using Nestabilities Rectangles.  The charm of Black Gingham Ribbon provides a soft balance.

The background panels are Rose Red and Whisper White card stock.  Both receive some dazzling  texture using a Big Shot and Birds and Swirls cuttlebug embossing folder (yes, they work in the Big Shot).  They are layered on Basic Black and a 4.25 x 5.5 card base of Kraft card stock.

The final touch is a row of Rose Red Brads (Rich Regals), lined up obediently using a Paper Piercer and Template.

Here's a link to my complete Stampin' Up! Fall/Winter Sample Gallery.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

Stamp Sets:  Kindred Spirits
Paper:  Kraft, Basic Black, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black, Whisper White Craft Ink, Sahara Sand
Cool Tools:  Big Shot, Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Nestabilities Long Rectangles, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit)
The Perfect Touch:  Black Gingham Ribbon, Rose Red Brads (Rich Regals)

items listed above are current in Stampin' Up!'s Fall Winter 2008 Idea
Book and Catalog (over 200 pages).  You can download the entire catalog
(click the butterfly photo) for free on my right side bar or
click here to order your own copy


  1. This is completely stunning!!

  2. Mary, I so enjoy your blog and all you share! Love this card!!!

  3. Another great card, with super instructions too!! Check out my blog, Mary, there is something for you there!!

  4. Colleen Kramer

    Oh so very nice! Excellent tutorial, and your execution of faux embossing was amazing!

  5. Great card! Hahaha…I had to grin when I read the final touch part, with brads “lined up obediently”. Only an English major would use a phrase like that to describe a row of brads. Love reading your blog!

  6. Gee whiz Mary! That’s way cool! I’ll be trying this out quick!

  7. This is lovely! You’ve just given me an idea for a Christmas card!

  8. LOVELY! love the colors used, too! Great job on the challenge and great tutorial! 😉

  9. This is so cool! I love this!

  10. Super pretty!!!
    God bless

  11. Great use of products Mary! You really do a great job demonstrating how products can be used in so many different ways.

    Great job with the challenge too! It’s beautiful.

  12. Amazing! It really looks embossed. I love the colors together. I’m always thinking of ways to use Sahara Sand. Another prize winner, Mary.

  13. This is fabulous! I love this technique and it looks so elegant. I had done this once before a long time ago at a stampin class at a friends house but it didn’t look this good! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I have never used a Stamp-a-ma-jig before. I might have to invest in one and practice.

  14. Beautiful card! Thanks for showing the technique – it makes a beautiful effect.

  15. Beautiful *Sympathy* card – Mary!!! Perfect way to show of the Sktech Challenge too!!!

    When the *Faux Embossing* Challenge was on over on SCS I forgot to read the whole story….and only did *Dry Embossing* – I should have looked closer plus I was way to excited….. – LOL!!!

    Glad you are sharing the tutorial – I’m gonna have to try it the right way now – LOL!!!


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