Stamping for Beginners – Embossing

HCHC Stamping for beginners course, lesson 7, embossing

Stamping for Beginners – Embossing

Hello and welcome to Lesson 7 of the HCHC Stampin’ Basics Series. The series is the perfect introduction to stamping for beginners or a refresher for those with some experience.

In this Series you will learn how to stamp and how to get great results from your stamping – whether you are interested in making cards, scrapbooking or any other paper craft. Once we’ve covered the absolute basics we’ll step it up and discover some great techniques that will take your projects to the next level. But, don’t worry, we’ll make sure you have all the ground-work in place first!

Last week…

In lesson 6 of my ‘stamping for beginners’ course we looked at the Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus – an ingenious stamping platform for advanced techniques or for those who struggle to get perfect images first time… Lesson 6 blog post – a link to the video can be found in the blog post.

This week… Stamping for Beginners – Embossing

Firstly, apologies for the fact that the Stamping for Beginners – Embossing Lesson is in a number of parts, and some of them are delayed. I have spent four days trying to get the whole video to upload and failed! The only way I could get it to upload was in sections. Because of this it is not being released as a Premiere but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

If you missed it, you can find the playlist here (the playlist should show you all four parts in the correct order).

HCHC Stamping for beginners course, lesson 7, embossing

This week’s lesson features a group of techniques known as embossing.

Embossing just means to make something raised so the term is used for a number of different crafting techniques. The main ones, which are covered in the video, are:

  • embossing with folders (also known as ‘dry’ embossing)
  • heat embossing
  • embossing with paste

Within each of these sections I give you a few hints and tips on how to achieve great results and ideas for how to use these techniques in less common ways – such as inking folders, heat embossing in any colour and colouring your embossing paste.

I hope I have inspired you to try some new techniques! If you wish to view the Stampin’ Up! products related to embossing, you can browse here:

Next week…

I hope you are enjoying the course so far. If you have any questions or comments about the content in Lessons 1-7, please leave them below or email me at

In Lesson 8 of my ‘stamping for beginners’ course, you will learn all about the different types of colouring tools available from Stampin’ Up! and how you can use them to take your projects to the next level!

Lesson 8 will (hopefully, if I have more luck next week) premiere on Monday 29th June at 09:00 on my YouTube Channel.

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Happy crafting, h x


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Embossing Stamped Images

This is a technique which often gets overlooked. We often stamp or emboss but rarely combine the two. I was inspired to revisit this technique by Ann Craig, a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who posted an image of a beautiful card on her Facebook page (@ann.craig.stampinup).

I wondered how different the results would be depending on whether you stamped and then embossed or vice versa. So I created a simplified version of Ann’s card to test it out!

Stamp then emboss…

I have used Sahara Sand and Early Espresso cardstock and Early Espresso ink. The layers are created using the Stitched Rectangle dies and I have used the Subtle 3D embossing folder to give a textured, almost linen look. For the first card I stamped the image before embossing.

Emboss then stamp…

For the second card I have simply embossed the cardstock before stamping the image but everything else is the same as the first example. This gives a more distressed look as the ink doesn’t meet the cardstock in the debossed areas. I used an Aqua Painter to add some shading to the image in this case. I’m really pleased with both versions of this card and can’t wait to step it up with more water-colouring of the image and some ribbon to embellish.

Get more from your embossing folders!

Have you got embossing folders in your stash that you could try this technique with? Or perhaps you could emboss some Designer Series Paper rather than a stamped image for another different look? Don’t forget you can also use the letterpress technique by inking up your embossing folders. Let me know if you’d like me to cover this in a future post. They really are such versatile products, make sure you are making the most of yours!

Product list…

The list of products that I have used for these products is below. The only exception is the Free As A Bird stamp set which is coming soon! Simply click on the links to head straight to my online shop.

The will also be a video tutorial for these cards on my You Tube channel soon!

Bye for now!

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Product List