Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Dry Embossing Rectangle Frames

Here's a picture walk-through for using cardstock rectangles to make embossed frames on your cards. Start off with a light coloured cardstock, a stylus, a light table, and 2 darker coloured paper templates. It's important that these be proportional to each other and to the card front. I used a 2.75x4 template and a 2.5x3.75 template.

For this step, it's helpful if you have a good eye for centering things. If you don't, perhaps attach the dark template to a very thin piece of copy paper that is the size of your cardfront and measure the center. Open up your card, center the card front overtop of the larger template, emboss.

Next up, center the smaller template within the part you just embossed. Again place the cardfront OVER the template and emboss.

And there you have it, a classy embossed rectangle cardfront. For the card I made yesterday, I stamped first, then did the dry embossing. This made centering the templates even easier. If you want a slightly different look, try flipping the cardfront for the smaller template (i.e. do the dry embossing directly on the outside of the card instead of the inside. You'll get a slightly different look.

Thanks for looking. I hope that helps you! Don't be afraid to try different shapes and measurements!


  1. Wow - what an excellent and simple idea! Thank you for posting that!

  2. Oh my goodness! I NEVER would have thought to do this! This is fabulous and I thank you VERY much for sharing this technique.

    I love it!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Thanks, I'm going to give this a try.

  4. OMGosh!!!! u r a genious! i got the rectangle for xmas as my first set....now wish i had bought soemthing else....i will try this though without a doubt!!!

  5. What a great idea. TFS!

    Wishing you a blessed New Years!!!

  6. Love this simple technique! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. so easy, yet not even a smidge of that kind of thinking gets into my brain (too many cob webs)! Thank You for your wonderful blog! easy, (inexpensive - great after the holidays) and wonderfully explained. THANKS so much!


  8. I LOVE YOU!!! Thank you so much for posting this!! You TRULY do read all your comments!!! Now I don't have to spend all that money on the nestabilities to get that same great embossed look! Thanks for sharing! You Rock!!

  9. Oh Tasha, I need a light table sooo much!! Great tutorial!


  10. Great tips! Thanks so much!