Dry Embossing

Dry embossing is yet another easy technique for you to achieve on your cards and the results can be really amazing.

This effect is created by making an impression into the card with a ball tool, as opposed to raising the image with embossing powders as is done with heat embossing.

Look around and you will see that there are many examples of the technique in every day objects.

Leather belts, shoes, toilet paper, paper napkins, biscuit tins and many other objects are all examples of Embossing 

It can be done using a stencil and an embossing tool to create the indent into the card or paper.

Brass stencils are used for just such a technique and there are many pretty ones on the market.

It can also be done free hand or with the aid of a light box, which allows the image to show through the paper that you wish to emboss.

Another method is to use boards especially made for the job.

There is no mess, you don't need a power source and they are easy to use.

The picture is a small selection of some of the different patterns that you can get with Dry Embossing Boards and this selection is from the 
Glitter Girls

The Glitter Girls website sadly is no longer available, and the boards are very much a collectors item now but you may still be able to get the boards from other sources such as  Ebay

And of course if you already have some in your own crafting stash then maybe it is time to dig them out again.

With these boards you will need a large ball tool, and the boards are designed with channels that the ball tool will slot into to give you the effect you want.

You work on the wrong side of the card, and because card can dry out when it is stored, you will need to slick the surface.

Run a candle, some talc or a tumble drier sheet over the card and this will make the tool glide easily. (The tumble drier sheet will also make it smell nice, Mmmmm!)

You can see some of the designs on the boards and they are double sided so each one comes with many shapes.

For instance the Christmas board has frames, candles and baubles that you can put directly to your card or add separately onto another panel that is to be added to the card.

You can even cut them out and use as tree decorations

Many of the boards also had booklets that could be bought and they would give you lots of other ideas for their uses too

Dry Embossing - Embossing Folders

I would have to say that these days my preferred choice to get the embossed look on my cards is to use an embossing folder, and there are hundreds of patterns to choose, from hundreds of different companies.

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