5 Minute Boy Birthday Cards – A Video Tutorial

As my son gets older, I am finding it harder and harder to create birthday cards for his friends. If they could all be video gamed themed, I’d be good, but I do need to switch it up from time to time. So today I’m sharing a few ideas, because to be honest, I needed to create some for my stash! You can watch the video tutorial below to see how I created these easy 5 minute boy birthday cards!

Creating cards for teen boys can be a challenge for me. I'm sharing a few quick and easy ideas in the video tutorial today.

The Video Tutorial

The video above contains products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! To see who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.


Making the Handmade Cards

3D Stenciled Birthday Card

Optical illusions are something my son really enjoys and the Geo Netting Stencil adds just enough of an optical illusion to create a really fun background for this boy birthday card.

When I want to make quick cards, one of my go to supplies is my stencils. If you didn’t know The Crafter’s Workshop just had a HUGE new release of stencils and in that release was the new Geo Netting stencil. This stencil creates a 3D like effect and it’s perfect for creating quick cards for pre-teen boys. My kiddo loves optical illusions, so I was excited to see this stencil in the release!

Add a senitment with a fun font is the perfect final touch to this stenciled handmade card.

All I did to create this card was ink blending through the stencil with a Versafine Clair Summertime ink, which is a nice bright orange. Then, after matting the stenciled panel and attaching it to an A2 top folding card base I added a sentiment banner. The sentiment is from the Paper Smooches “Sentiment Sampler” stamp set, one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES!! I love the fun font and it’s what I used on both of my cards today!

You Rock Birthday Card

Most kids like some kind of music, so music is a great theme for teenage cards, especially boys.

This next card uses another new stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop new release called “Landscape”. I loved the bars on this stencil and thought they would be great for creating a music based card. I stenciled the bars with Versafine Clair Paradise ink onto the die cut circle that I cut from the top center of the panel. Then, on the outside of the panel, I stenciled the Micro Dots stencils with Verdant ink, also Versafine Clair. And of course, I used the same sentiment set from the first card to stamp the You Rock sentiment that finished this card.

Adding a sentiment on the inside of cards is a great way to make a card really a grab and go card. All that's left is adding a signature and you're done!

Because the outside of this card said You Rock, it wasn’t specifcally birthday. To fix that, I stamped the birthday sentiment on the inside of the card to finish it! And again, I used the same Sentiment Sampler stamp set from Paper Smooches.


Tips and Tricks for Creating Cards for Boys

  • I do not spend a lot of time on the cards I know my son is going to be taking to birthday parties. I still make them presentable, but I always try and remember these are young boys and the majority of the time the card isn’t what they’re interested in. It’s what IN the card, lol.
  • I love to go bright and bold. Grundy and vintage are fun for more older masculine cards, but for younger pre-teen and teenagers I really like to go with more bright colors!
  • Dimension isn’t something I use a lot of on these cards. My son is going to be stuffing these cards into an envelope. He, nor any other kid, is going to want to fight to get layers upon layers of dimension into an envelope.
  • Have fun colors of sharpies or markers on hand for signatures. This is just a little bonus, but my son LOVES to write his message on the inside of the card and names on the envelopes with more fun colors!

Above, I mentioned that I used stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop new release. Their releases are quite large, so I always love to break them down in a video tutorial. If you missed it before, you can check it out here!


I hope you all enjoyed today’s video tutorial and found it helpful! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


The Supply List

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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Geo Netting
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Landscape
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Paper Smooches - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Sentiment Sampler
Paper Smooches – Clear Acrylic Stamps – Sentiment Sampler
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Sizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray
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Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Everyday Sentiment Banners
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MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
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Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Summertime
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Summertime
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2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
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Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
Fiskars – 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Nocturne
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Nocturne
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Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Dies - Nesting Circles
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Paradise
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Verdant
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Tsukineko - Blending Applicator - Jumbo Dauber - Supersized
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Makeup Sponge Mini Applicator Wedges (100 Count)
Makeup Sponge Mini Applicator Wedges (100 Count)
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The Crafter's Workshop New Release Close Up

The Crafter’s Workshop has done it again! Their new release of stencils is AMAZING!! And because they only have a few new releases every year when they introduce their new release, it can be a bit overwhelming when looking at all the new stencils. So today, I want to break it down for you.

Watch the video below to check out the entire Summer 2020 release from The Crafter’s Workshop!


The Video

The products in this video were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design and affiliate myself with companies I can stand behind 100%! To see who I currently and have previously designed for head HERE.


I hope you all enjoyed a look at the new release from The Crafter’s Workshop and got a few ideas from the video above! If you are interested in any of the new stencils you can find them on Scrapbook.com! Link is down below!

Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Let's Make a Card with a Digital Stamp

It has been awhile since I made a handmade card with a digital stamp. I know digis aren’t for everyone, but I really love them. I’m not saying that I am willing to go completely digital, I love the actual “stamping” part of making a card too much! However, digital stamps do have a lot of benefits. Keep reading to find out more and how to get today’s digital stamp for FREE!

A handmade greeting card with a digital stamped image, colored with colored pencils and OMS.

The Video Tutorial

Some supplies used in the video tutorial above were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can behind 100%! To see who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.


FREE Digital Stamp

Free digital stamp that you receive when you sign up for my newsletter

The stamp I used on my card today is one of my own. If you receive my newsletter, you already have the link to download this, just check your inbox!

I am having fun playing around with ProCreate and drawing some of my own digital stamps. I don’t want them to just sit on my tablet, so I thought I would give them away for FREE! All you need to do is sign up for my newsletter and in the welcome email you will find the link to download this digital stamp for free. Also, from time to time, I will be sending out other digital stamps in that newsletter, so be sure to sign up early so you don’t miss any of them!


Using Digital Stamps

Digital stamps can be a little intimidating, but once you figure out how to use them, they are one of the most versatile stamps you will have! You can make them any size you want, color them digitally or by hand, and the techniques are endless.

I use Photoshop Elements for all of my techniques, but there are many free programs you can use. I already have quite a few tutorials on using digis and there is a playlist over on my YouTube Channel. You can check it out below!


Making the Handmade Greeting Card

Sending Your Prayers handmade card with the digitally stamped butterfly image. This makes a very quick card and it's great to practice my coloring!

I started this card, like so many digital stamped card, on my computer. Again, I work in photoshop elements, but there are free programs out there. After I got my digi to the size I wanted it, I printed it off onto my heavy weight white cardstock using my Brother Laser printer.

The printer I use for printing off black and white digis is a laser printer. Laser printers are best for coloring with alcohol markers or your colored pencils and OMS. I LOVE my Brother for so many reasons but first and foremost it’s inexpensive in the world of laser printers and also, it takes heavy weight cardstock and watercolor paper (I’m talking 110 lb cardstock). I will leave a link to the exact printer I use down below!

Colored digital stamp with colored pencils and OMS. I used oil based colored pencils for added texture.

After printing, I quickly trimmed down the paper to a more manageable size and started coloring. I used my Schpirrer Farben colored pencils, OMS and blending stumps to color in the digi. Then, to just to add more interest to the finished card, I die cut the colored image with an oval die. I also die cut an oval mat to use later on the finished card.

I recently created a video that explains all you need to know about coloring with Colored Pencils and OMS/Gamsol. You can find that HERE.

And if you’re curious about the Schpirrer Farben Colored Pencils I used, you can find my full review on them HERE.

A bright stenciled background and simple sentiment finish this digitally stamped handmade greeting card.

To finish this card, I added a little stenciling to the card base with the new Lush Petal Stencils from TCW and Flirty Fuschia Catherine Pooler ink. Then, all that was left to do was add the colored digital stamp and mat onto the card base. SO SIMPLE!!!


Digital Stamps Tips and Tricks

  • First and foremost let me say, nothing is permanent in the world of digital stamping. There is always an undo, delete, or back button to be clicked. And if all else fails START OVER! You aren’t wasting any product, so play around, experiment and have fun. Don’t be intimidated or nervous!
  • When you are printing, print in the highest quality. I use 1200 DPI. It really does make a difference in the quality of your prints!
  • Digital stamps are great if you are in a hurry. If you don’t have time to stamp out a card, use your digital image and color them in digital just by dropping in the color. All that is left to do is type a sentiment on the card, print and go!
  • Digital stamps are also a great way to practice your coloring. You can scale them up or down, depending on the size you want to color. Print them off and start practicing! **They also make great DIY coloring books for kiddos!**

Even though I won’t ever go all digital in my stamping, I do have to say there are so many pros to having and using digital stamps. They only take up space on your computer, you can scale them to whatever size you want, etc. etc. etc.!

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter if you want to get the digital stamp I used today for FREE. And also, there are more to come, so be on the lookout in the newsletter!

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And if you are interested in any of the suppies I used to create my card today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


Supply List

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Sizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray
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Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Dies - Nesting Ovals
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Gamblin Gamsol Oil Color, 16.9 oz, Clear
Gamblin Gamsol Oil Color, 16.9 oz, Clear
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Dappen Dish Glass
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Pipettes (20 PCS)
Pipettes (20 PCS)
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Blending Stumps and Tortillions
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MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
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Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
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2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
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Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive
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Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
Fiskars – 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Makeup Brush Set of 10
Makeup Brush Set of 10
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Nocturne
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Catherine Pooler Designs - Party Collection - Premium Dye Ink Pads - Flirty Fuchsia
Catherine Pooler Designs – Party Collection – Premium Dye Ink Pads – Flirty Fuchsia
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Lush Petals
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Hero Arts - Die and Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set - Prayers
Hero Arts – Die and Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set – Prayers
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My Sweet Petunia - Creative Corners
My Sweet Petunia – Creative Corners
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Professional Premium numbered 72 Colored Pencils Set Schpirerr Farben
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Brother HL-L2300D Monochrome Laser Printer
Brother HL-L2300D Monochrome Laser Printer
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
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All About Modeling Pastes for Cardmakers – A Video Tutorial

The Crafter’s Workshop not only creates amazing stencils, but they also have some really great mediums to work with their stencils. When you first look at all the mediums available it can be overwhelming! Today, I want to take a little of the guesswork out of all the mediums and focus on one group of those mediums, modeling paste. The Crafter’s Workshop has MANY options when it comes to modeling pastes. Keep reading below, or watch the video, to get all the details on this fabulous medium!

A closer look at the modeling pastes from The Crafters Workshop and ways to use them in your cardmaking projects.

Product Focus – Modeling Pastes Video

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Breaking Down Modeling Pastes

A look at the different modeling pastes and the different sizes of jars from The Crafters Workshop.

What are modeling pastes?

Modeling pastes are a VERY thick medium. They are not runny, they are thick and they are opaque. Modeling pastes are perfect for adding dimension and texture to your projects. As you can see in the photo below, these pastes hold their shape and don’t run. If I had to compare their consistency to another product it would be dry wall mud, without any of the grit.

The modeling pastes have a light and creamy texture. They hold their shape, as you can see!

The modeling pastes also come in a variety of different colors and two different sized jars. For more frequently used pastes (white, black, and clear) I like the larger 8 ounce jars. But for the different colors, I like the smaller 2 ounce jars. Here’s a look at all the colors that TCW offers!

Tools

When using pastes I like to use palette knives. I buy mine from Amazon in a pack of 5, and I prefer the plastic knives.

palette knives are my favorite tool to use when spreading modeling pastes.

Another good tool to have on hand for covering larger area is a scaping tool. I have this Imagine Squeegee, but there are many larger spreaders on the market!

A larger tool like this Squeegee from Imagine Crafts is great for applying modeling pastes to large areas.

Creating with Modeling Pastes
(For Cardmakers)

Let me start my projects with a disclaimer. I am primarily a cardmaker and that is where I use my modeling pastes. If you are a mixed media artist or painter, you will probably use these modeling pastes different. I am just sharing how I use them!

Hi, You Handmade Greeting Card

A simple hello card with an ombre watercolor background. I used the new wheat stalk stencil from TCW and antique gold modeling paste over the top.

My favorite way to use modeling pastes on my cardmaking projects is by stenciling over backgrounds that I’ve made with them. On my first project, I started by creating a very quick ombre watercolor background with my Arteza Brush Markers.

The antique gold modeling paste offers texture, dimension and shine to this simple hello card!

After the watercolor had dried, I used the new Wheat Stalks stencil and smoothed through the Antique Gold Modeling Paste. I love the texture and shine you can achieve with just this one product!

To keep the focus on the shine and stenciling, I used a very simple and small sentiment from the Concord & 9th Feathered stamp set

I finished this very simple car with a Hi, You sentiment from the Concord & 9th Feathered Stamp Set and attaching the panel to an A2 top folding card base.

I do want to inform you all that I have added a new FREE download to my Freebies Page. It’s a PDF download that shares the measurement of my most use card base sizes, as well as how to create your own card bases! I had all of this info in a video tutorial, but I condensed it all into one PDF download so you can keep it in your craft room for easy reference!

Bright Hugs Handmade Card

A handmade greeting card with a bright ink blended background and black modeling paste stenciling with the new explosion stencil from tcw.

As I said above, I love using modeling paste through stencils over my backgrounds. Because the pastes are so obaque they are perfect to use over my brightest backgrounds for the silhouette stenciling technique. Before I used black acrylic paint, which works great but can seep a bit under the stencil if you’re not careful and it doesn’t have any dimension.

The black modeling paste is matte and soo opaque. it is perfect for the silhouette stenciling technique!

The black modeling paste is so opaque, it will cover even super bright backgrounds. The paste’s thick consistency also means that it holds up really well in the stencil. It provides a bit of dimension and texture and doesn’t seep beneath the stencil lines! I used the black modeling paste to put through the new Explosion stencil from TCW. This is such a fun background, you don’t need much else to finish this handmade card!

I added a bit of shine to this card by foiling the hugs die cut sentiment with pewter foil

To finish this card I used a MFT Hugs die and die cut it from Peel and Stick Toner Sheets. Then, I ran it through my laminator with Pewter foil from Thermoweb. After adding the shiny foiled sentiment, I attached the entire panel onto an A2 top folding card base!

Orange and Green Hello Handmade Card

This bright and cheery hello card is so much fun! I normally don't use this much color on my handmade cards, but for this card it just works!

For my final project, I wanted to share a little more on the Clear Modeling Paste. This paste is more translucent than the other pastes, but it doesn’t dry completely clear. If that’s what you’re looking for, I suggest using a Gel Medium (matte or gloss depending on the finish you want). This paste is more a base. You can create any color of paste you want just by adding acrylic paint, water based ink, etc. And because the base is “clear” it doesn’t change the color at all like a white paste would.

The clear modeling paste from TCW is perfect for creating your own custom colors of modeling paste. I love it for creating tone on tone stenciling!

To the clear modeling paste I added Distress inks. I used two colors, Ripe Persimmon and Dried Marigold, and that’s the beauty of having the clear modeling paste. You can create your own custom colors of pastes. I love creating a bit of a lighter shade than my background for a tone on tone look. I put my custom colored paste through the new Circle Jumble stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop.

To add some shine I added foil to the hello die cut sentiment.  I also added a few polymer clay hearts for more interest!

Normally, when the background on my card is so bright, I like to keep the rest of the card pretty simple. But I added a bit more color this time! After foiling my hello die cut sentiment with black, I mounted the sentiment onto a piece of patterned paper that I made into a banner. I also added a few polymer clay hearts from Kat Scappiness to add a even more interest to this fun and bright handmade hello greeting card!


Tips and Tricks for Using Modeling Pastes in Your Cardmaking Projects

  • Remember first and foremost, these pastes are great for adding dimension and texture. You can layer them to create as much texture and dimension as you want, too!
  • Swatch your products!! As you can see in the photos above, I swatch each of my colors onto white cardstock through a stencil. This gives you a much better idea on how each color looks stenciling!
  • When you’re done using your pastes, seal them up. If you are having trouble with any of your jarred products drying out, add a layer of plastic wrap on top of the jar and then seal the lid. Watch the video above for more details!!
  • Finally, clean your tools and stencils AS SOON as you’re done using them. The modeling pastes dry quickly, more quickly than you think! And once they’re dry, they aren’t going to budge without a fight. I clean mine with a bit of dish soap and the scratchy side of a sponge that I keep specifically for cleaning my stencils.

I hope you all enjoyed more of a focused look at the Modeling Pastes from The Crafter’s Workshop. These are such a great product to have on hand and I love using them in making my handmade greeting cards when I want to pretend I’m a mixed media artist, LOL! (I WISH!!)

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my projects today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


Supply List

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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Wheat Stalks
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Explosion
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Circle Jumble
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Sizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray
Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and Gray
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MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
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Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
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Sweet Celebration Paper Pack
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Concord and 9th - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Feathered
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Teflon Bone Folder
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ARTEZA Watercolor Paper
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Wagner Spraytech Dual Temperature Hot Air Tool
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ARTEZA Real Brush Pens, 24
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Arteza Water Brush Pens
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Makeup Brush Set of 10
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The Crafter's Workshop - Modeling Paste - Antique Gold - 2 Ounces
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The Crafters Workshop - Modeling Paste - Black - 8 Ounces
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The Crafters Workshop - Modeling Paste - Clear - 8 Ounces
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MDF Board - 30-Pack
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Catherine Pooler Designs - Party Collection - Premium Dye Ink Pads - Flirty Fuchsia
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Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 8 x 10.5 Peel N Stick Toner Sheets - 2 Pac
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Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Pewter - 5 Pack
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Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Black - 5 Pack
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Dry Embossing with Stencils – A Video Tutorial

Stencils are one of my most versatile tools in my craft room. Today I want to share another fun technique you can do with your stencils, dry embossing! Dry embossing is a great way to add subtle texture to your handmade cards and to learn how to dry emboss with your stencils, watch the video tutorial down below!

Dry Embossing with stencils. A technique for cardmakers and paper crafters.

Dry Embossing with Stencils – The Video Tutorial

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Dry Embossing with Stencils Technique

For this technique you’re going to need only a stencils, I’m using The Crafters Workshop stencils today, a die cut machine, felt, and cardstock. When choosing your stencils, be sure to choose a heavy weight stencil for the best impression. That’s why I like TCW stencils. They are nice and thick and create a beautiful impression! Also, a heavier weight cardstock works best. I’m using 110 lb. Recollections cardstock.

After you gather your supplies, the technique is very simple to do. Use the sandwich that you normally would use for your dies, but instead of a die in that sandwich change it out for the felt and the stencil. Here’s my sandwich for the big shot —
Multipurpose platform (both tabs down), bottom cutting plate, three layers of felt (adjust according to the pressure of your machine), cardstock, stencil, and top cutting plate

Once you figure out your sandwich, how many layers of felt you will need to use, etc. all that’s left to do is send it through your die cutting machine! This can be a little difficult to send through, the main rule to follow is DON’T FORCE IT! If the sandwich doesn’t want to go through, don’t push it. On the other hand if it’s too easy to send through, you might not have enough pressure to create a nice impression. It really is about playing around and finding what works best for each individual stencil brand and your machine.

Finishing the Handmade Cards

Birthday Handmade Card

A easy handmade birthday card with a dry embossed background. The background was dry embossed with the Waves stencil from TCW.

For my first project I went very straight forward with the dry embossing with stencils technique. For the stencil, I used the “Waves” stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. It’s really a cake and cookie stencil, but I love the pattern so much I use it in my cardmaking! I ran the stencil through with a die cut oval and that was my background to add my stamped images.

A handmade birthday card made with Lawn Fawn's Year Seven stamp and die set. The background is dry embossed with stencils

To finish this card I used a small stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn called “Year Seven”. I love the little pinata!! I colored the images with my colored pencils and OMS. I also added a Celebrate die cut to complete this fun and bright birthday card!

Hugs Handmade Card

A simple card with a dry embossed background. The background is embossed with the Love Frame stencil from TCW

This card is so simple! I started by dry embossing with the “Love Frame” stencil from The Crafters Workshop. I placed the stencil strategically onto my cardstock so the heart frame would be in the lower right hand corner. I knew I wanted this to be the background for my sentiment.

To emphasize the embossed background, I ink blended over the top.

Before I added my die cut hugs sentiment, I wanted to emphasize the dry embossing from the stencil. To do that I used ink blending! It’s such an easy way to really highlight the embossed areas! And to finish the card I added a hugs die cut sentiment that I built up to create a chip board effect.

Friend Handmade Card

Taking dry embossing with stencils to the next level! I added ink to the stencil and then embossed. It presses the ink into the paper.

On this card I did a little some different with the dry embossing with stencils technique. Before running the stencil and cardstock through my die cutting I added pigment ink onto the stencil. I used Versafine Clair ink in Summertime. The pigment ink will lay nicely on the stencil and doesn’t bead up. It also stays wet for a long period of time which allows you time to position the cardstock and load everything into your die cut machine.

When adding ink into the dry embossing with stencils technique you achieve almost a letterpressed look!

What you are left with, after you run the stencil through your die cut machine, is an impression but also the ink transfers to the cardstock and creates a letter press look! This is such an easy way to take dry embossing with your stencils to the next level!

A simple handmade friendship card that was finished with the Concord and 9th Feathered stamp and die set

To finish this card I used the Feathered stamp and die set from Concord & 9th. I added a few feathers a simple friendship sentiment so I could keep the focus on that awesome embossed background!


Tips and Tricks for Dry Embossing with Stencils

  1. The stencils you use can alter how much felt you’re going to need and the amount of embossing you will get. Thicker, sturdier stencils work better for this technique.
  2. This technique will also be a bit different dependent upon which die cut machine you use and how old your machine is, too. A machine that applies more pressure will need less felt where an older machine that doesn’t apply as much pressure anymore will need a bit more.
  3. “Listen” to your die cut machine as you play around with your sandwich and the amount of felt you are using. Don’t force anything through that doesn’t want to go through.
  4. Another component that will alter the results you get is the cardstock you use. A heavier weight cardstock is the way to go. I used 110 lb cardstock for each of my projects today.
  5. There are a lot of way to take this technique to the next level. I showed you a few ways, by ink blending over the embossing or adding ink to the stencil before you emboss, but there are so many other ways. Play around and have fun with it!

I hope you all enjoyed a look at this fun dry embossing with stencils technique! It’s such a great way to add a bit of texture to your handmade cards and another way to use your already versatile stencils!

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


Supply List

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The Crafter’s Workshop TCWCC5-5019 Cookie & Cake Stencils 5.5″X5.5″-Waves
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Heffy Doodle - Heffy Cuts - Hugs
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Concord and 9th - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Feathered
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Premium Black Embroidery Floss
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