Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Something new to try colored dry embossing

Colored Dry Embossing

by Jeanne Jachna
From Spiltcoast

Learn tips for using inks to enhance dry embossed designs.


  • White cardstock or smooth watercolor paper
  • Embossing folder (Anna Griffin Aviary by Cuttlebug used here)
  • Die cutting/ embossing machine
  • Coloring medium (Ranger Distress Inks used here)
  • Paper stumps or a blender pen
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card


  1. Step 1

    Trim a piece of white card stock to 4.25" x 5.5" and emboss with an embossing folder according to your machine's instructions.
  2. Step 2

    Apply the flat side of the tip of a paper blending stump to an ink pad to lift color. Begin with a lighter shade as a base coat of color, then use a darker color to add shading and depth if desired. For fine areas (like the stems here) use the very tip of the nib.


    Hold the blending stump further back to give the flat side of the tip a better angle for coloring the raised areas.
  3. Step 3

    To switch colors use a different paper stump or the opposite end. If you want to use the same paper stump, sand the end down to a fresh point. (See video for tips on cleaning and sharpening stumps.)
  4. Step 4

    Work across the entire image until coloring is complete.
  5. Step 5

    Trim the panel to fit your card base and complete the card.



  1. For a watercolored look, create a palette using dye inks or water-based markers. Chalks or PanPastels can also be used.
  2. Use a blender pen to lift and apply color to the embossed images (Stampin' Up! Blender Pen used here).

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial. This shows me a new way to use my embossing folders.