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Create beautiful design to the surface of materials using stencils and masks! Stencils & Masks are the most useful and creative tool to create textures and patterns onto your scrapbooking pages, cards, journals, canvases, or even a furniture. They can be use as a single layer or layer them up to create layers of texture and colours. Craft Stencils and Masks are often made of flexible plastic materials. They are great for adding designs and flair to your craft projects. Some of the handy tools to use when stenciling include blending brushes, sponge daubers, and Nellie Snellen's Magnetic Stencil Colour Set. 

Embossing Folders are translucent plastic folders that have a raised design impression on side side and has an indented impression on the other. The design can transferred into the paper by simply inserting a piece of cardstock inside the folder then roll the folder through the die cutting & embossing machine. 

Embossing 101

Embossing is one of the best ways to give your craft some personalized touch. It dates back to the 15th century and still captures the hearts of crafters in the present. Embossing works well on seals for letters or as designs that contribute to the overall accent of a craft.

There is so much to learn about embossing and how you can utilize this art in your crafts. Get artsy with the help of this embossing guide.  

What is Embossing

Embossing is the popular art form of the 1900s. It adds a personal touch to the craft like no other. True to its name, embossing involves designs that are raised from the surface of the material. This function of embossing is incorporated in company logos, custom illustrations, and initials, or just to keep a touch of luxury to a pattern.

What's most captivating about embossing is that this technique can be applied to almost any kind of material. Malleable, thin, and flat materials like paper, wood, glass, plastic film, and fabric are just a few of the surfaces where you can emboss on. 


How to Emboss

There are various techniques to emboss like a boss. You can use a die-cutting and embossing machine that presses designs and patterns to your cardstock or material on hand. However, if you don't have one, you can always try embossing by hand. You will be surprised by how simple the process is. Here is how:


Step 1. Have your embossing materials ready: embossing ink, desired stamp, a piece of paper, and acrylic block. 

Step 2. Ink stamp using embossing ink. The ink will appear nearly invisible but it’s there. Stamp the ink on the piece of paper. 

Step 3. Shake the embossing powder bottle before opening it. Sprinkle the powder on the stamped image while you hold the paper slightly tilted over the surface being used to catch the embossing powder. Make sure to have all parts of the stamped image sprinkled with powder.

Step 4. Flip the paper with the stamped image (with the embossing powder), and tap the back of the paper a few times using your thumb and forefinger to get rid of excess and stray bits of powder. 

Step 5. Heat the stamped image using a heat gun or a heat tool for a few seconds. Make sure not to over melt the embossing powder. What you want to achieve is it will go from looking fuzzy to looking smooth and glossy. 



Since there are different types of materials that you may choose to emboss, you will also need a variety of tools depending on those materials. 

For your next DIY project, you may need the following:


Embossing Powder

This adds to the magic of embossing. Embossing powder comes in a variety of hues and shades. You can also choose if you want the powder to be fine, superfine, or a bit chunky. 


Embossing Folders

Most of these embossing folders are hard plastic folders that come in many different sizes and have 2 sides: one side having a raised impression and the other side having an indented impression. The pressure coming from an electronic or manual embossing machine presses the paper together to create a design on the material.

- Regular Embossing Folder - all of the embossed details have the same height (or the same depth).

- 3D Embossing Folders - the embossed details have various heights (or depth) and have more details. You can use either the debossed or the embossed side for your project. 

Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine

If you are in for efficiency, then this machine will be perfect for you. They are designed to be used with embossing folders. It can emboss identical patterns in a single punch and works well on variety of materials such as cardstock, thin-film metals, and fabric. 


Heat Gun/Tool

The heat gun emits a stream of hot air to melt the embossing powder and create a glittery or matte finish for your design. 


Embossing Ink

Embossing ink is a type of special ink designed to be used with embossing powders to create a raised texturised effect on paper or fabric. They come in various format such as Embossing Ink Pen, Embossing Ink with dauber top, Embossing Ink Pads, and Embossing Ink roller.



This is a special type of embossing tool since it is used for dry embossing. The stylus is primarily employed by hand to trace a stencil or a pattern. It accentuates a card or any material. 


Embossing Stencil

To do dry embossing, you’d need a stencil to create the design pattern. It could be a cardboard, plastic, or brass stencil. 

To sum it up, embossing is a process that can bring your art to the spotlight. It makes the elements of your craft stand out, literally and figuratively. With embossing, you will always be on top of your game.