Dry Emboss Tutorial

Stampin up eastern blooms vanilla hodgepodge

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.

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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.

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Step 3:  Flip the images over and rub a bit of wax paper on the back side.  TIP:  This makes the stylus glide easily.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step 8:  Can it get any more delightful?  Stampin' Up!'s brass templates come with options to pierce your images perfectly.

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Here's a finished close-up, after piercing and cutting out the flower with my Paper Snips.

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I often use clothing catalogs (especially J. Crew) to find unusual color combinations. 


THE PERFECT TOUCH:  On this project, there are two.  First, Stampin'
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.


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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

Stampin up eastern blooms


  1. Susan Lankford

    Hi Mary…Love the tutorial, but what is the orange-yellow paper over the brass template ….near the end of the tutorial?

    Thx, Susan

    Hi Susan:

    The “orange” paper is simply what the Whisper White card stock with the stamped image looks like when perched on the light table. Make sense? Let me know if you have further questions. Hugs, Mary

  2. Beautiful card! Love your dry embossed and paper pierced flowers with the beautiful brad center!
    Hugs and smiles

  3. Love the color combo and i love j. crew. Thanks for that tutorial.

  4. I have got to get my brassy templates out again and give them a try – I’ve always had problems keeping the template still – gluing it down – brilliant idea! Now I’ve gotta have this brassy template!! LOL!

  5. Thanks for this great tutorial. Although every time I see this set, I think “What would I do? Do I need it?” and then you throw something up like this and it becomes a “must have” again!

  6. Thanks for your tutorial on dry embossing! Sooooo adorable your card. The colors I enjoy! Michelle 🙂

  7. beautiful card – beautiful tutorial – love how you got your color inspiration – thank you for showing the step by step process of how you made your beautiful creation!
    best wishes,
    Sankari 🙂

  8. Your Card is so beautiful. Many Thanks for the tutorial.


  9. Great tutorial!! great combo!!! Great everything!!!
    You are awesome Mary.

    God bless

  10. So gorgeous, Mary! Thanks for giving us all a tutorial on dry-embossing! I feel inspired! Thanks for playing with the sketch!

  11. Marie Donnelly

    Beautiful tutorial, clear & concise. The card is so beautiful, great color combo! I just love your work, Mary!

  12. Fabulous colors Mary!!! Great tutorial too.

  13. Beautiful card and great tutorial! LoveIT!

  14. WOW – Your work is AMAZING — LOVE this card so much and what a fabulous tutorial!!
    Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  15. Great tutorial and your color choice…gorgeous, your card…love it!

  16. Colleen Kramer

    Excellent tutorial! Love the layout, the color combo and extra hardware. The close up photo of the embossing is wonderful. Thanks for all the details!

  17. Lynda Hidalgo

    Great tutorial..you do such a wonderful job of detailing and simplifing(?)each project that even I can do it …ty for sharing.

  18. WOW – this is gorgeous!!! Love your take on the TECC Sketch and the colors are divine!!!

  19. What a beautiful card. The color combo is to die for!

    Great work and even better enabling – you may convince me to start dry embossing too.

  20. Sharon Hammon

    Thanks for another great tutorial, Mary! I love that you find color combinations in catalogs – always thinking, aren’t you?! I look forward to your emails/posts everyday – you are so talented!!

  21. Great tutorial … and awesome colors … love that card.

  22. Very informative!!You have inspired me to try this method. Lots of possibilities. Beautiful colors in this card.

  23. Cute card! Great tutorial! Great idea to look in catalogs for inspiration!

  24. Thanks for a very informative tutorial and a look at your beautiful card! Love the color combo!

  25. that is one stunning card, Mary! love those colors together and thanks for the great tutorial!!!

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