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Faux Embossing with Die Cuts


Hey Friends! Kristina here today with more Embossing Inspiration. There is still time to enter our Embossing challenge this month for your chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z scrapbooking store.  Today I decided try some dry embossing, in the form of tone on tone die cuts, to create a faux embossed look! I just love this technique.

Hello You Faux Embossing with Kristina

I started with a Hero Arts digital cut file I’ve been wanting to use for a while now {link below} with this gorgeous peacock feather. I uploaded the SVG file into Cricut Design Space and sized it to a 2″x5″. Since this cut is so intricate, I mounted my white card stock onto some stick-it adhesive paper and cut on the cardstock+ setting.

I trimmed a card panel to 4 1/8th x 5 3/8th from the same white card stock and adhered the feather in the center.

I wanted an embossed sentiment, but also wanted the bold and crisp look of Hero Arts black dye ink, so I used MISTI to stamp Versa Mark ink on top of the black stamped sentiment, so I could clear emboss over top. You could skip this step and use a black pigment ink, however I find the Hero Arts black dye ink to have the best coverage and is the most detailed & bold black I’ve found.

After stamping and embossing the sentiment I trimmed it out and adhered onto a strip of glittery ribbon, wrapped around the panel, and mounted onto a black a2 card base.

I’ve linked below all the supplies used to make this card! You can find most of them in the store AND enjoy 15% off your order of $25 or more with my discount code KRISTINA15. Don’t forget to link up your embossing project to our February Challenge and did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets!! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!!


Author: kristina3150

Hi Friends! I'm a 30 something glitter obsessed paper crafter. I live in a smallish Michigan town called Commerce, where I've been my whole life. I do marketing & real estate by trade, but gave up my full time job in 2016 to take care of my dad following a major stroke. You can find all my crafts at www.livelovelaughscrap.com, and I own at etsy shop at thebarefootbarnowl.etsy.com. I current design for a2z scrapbooking, where I also manage their blog and etsy store, as well as Dies R Us, Die Cutting Divas' and A Blog Named Hero.

4 thoughts on “Faux Embossing with Die Cuts

  1. What a creative idea and a truly LOVELY card! I have never tried this, but maybe now I WILL!

  2. Gorgeous card, Kristina! I love the effect of your embossed feather and your sentiment is so elegant! Fabulous card!

  3. Great card – the feather is so pretty

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