Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rubberstamping 101: Dry Embossing How to...

Embossing - Dry

brass stencil
embossing tool
light table (you can use a window)

1. Put stencil on light table and place the paper you are going to emboss on top. Secure it with removable tape. Make sure the tape is not on an area that you will use as it may tear the paper when you remove it.
2. Rub a piece of wax paper over the paper (helps the tool glide more smoothly)
3. Rub the embossing tool along the edge of the stencil, following the lines. You don't need to rub the area between the lines.


*Your embossed image will be the OPPOSITE of the way your stencil is facing, so be sure you face the stencil the right way before putting the paper on top
*Embossing shows up much better on light colors. You would have to trace your image onto dark colored paper as the light will not show through.
*Don't rub too hard with the tool as you may tear the paper
*You can make your own stencils by tracing an image onto mat board or acetate and cutting it out.

That's about it...good luck!
Debbie Weller

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