You asked and I'm delivering! Here's a step-by-step photo tutorial on dry embossing with Stampin' Up!'s Classy Brass Templates. It's easy, fun and the results are gorgeous.
Step 1: The Eastern Blooms flower is inked in Cameo Coral and stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.
Step 2: Choose your weapon. The Empressor stylus is the "Cadillac." With roller ball action, it moves around the images like a dream. TIP: However, don't ignore the wooden stylus. It has a smaller ball and you'll need it to get into tight spots on smaller images.
Step 3: Flip the images over and rub a bit of wax paper on the back side. TIP: This makes the stylus glide easily.
Step 4: TIP: You can use a little Dotto adhesive on the template to keep it firmly in place on the box. I use Goo Gone to get off any stubborn adhesive when I'm done embossing.
Step 5: If you want a raised image, flip the template upside down so that when you're embossing, it pushes the image out. TIP: A recessed image is a lovely alternative and can be accomplished by keeping the template face up.
Step 6: Turn on the light box and flip the stamped image face down. See how Stampin' Up!'s light box illuminates the stamped images so you can line up and emboss. The box comes with a stand to tip your project on an angle, for easy access.
Step 7: Run the stylus (I used the Empressor) along the border of the brass image. TIP: You will get a better, "puffier" result if you do NOT emboss the entire interior of the image. Just do the border.
Step 8: Can it get any more delightful? Stampin' Up!'s brass templates come with options to pierce your images perfectly.
Here's a finished close-up, after piercing and cutting out the flower with my Paper Snips.
I often use clothing catalogs (especially J. Crew) to find unusual color combinations.
Up! Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware Kit (now available) contributes the
beautiful label holder and designer brads. Second, I stamped the flower center
in Basic Gray (on Vanilla card stock) and popped it with a 1/2" Circle
Punch. Stampin' Up!'s Build a Brad Kit adds a big dose of "wow" to
the flower centers.
The layout was inspired by Taylor's Cupcake Challenge TECC39.
Stamp Set: Eastern Blooms, Beautiful Borders (sentiment)
Paper: Patterns Pack (Hostess Level 1), Very Vanilla, Basic Gray Textured, Cameo Coral
Ink: Basic Gray, Cameo Coral
Cool Tools: Light Table, Empressor Stylus, Wooden Stylus, Classy Brass Flower Frenzy Template, Paper Piercer (Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit), Small Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch
The Perfect Touch: Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Build a Brad, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals