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Dry Embossing (compiled)
(9 posts as of Jan. 29, 2000)

From: Mickey Jo --- How many of you have done this??? Ummmm
raise the hands a little higher please. grin.Ok I am new to this, so I will just tell you what I know about it. Then someone else take over and tell us LOTS more.

You need Card stock cut and folded to make a card.-------Brass Stencil (others will work too) Stylus tool-----And if possible a Light Box. (a window will do, but your arms get very sore)

Place your brass stencil under the piece of card stock. That is why you need the light. So it will show through the design on the Brass stencil. Putting the RIGHT side of the Card stock facing DOWN. And making very sure you are working on it in the direction you want it when you look at the card. And that means doing this design on the FRONT of the card stock. grin You take the stylus tool (also used in ceramics, so if you used to do this, sort through those supplies and pull it out. It is about to become your favorite item. grin) Anyway take the stylus tool and trace the design onto the card stock. When you pull the card stock up, you will have a puffed up image of your design you just traced. That is all there is to it.

Now you can send it off like this. Adding a verse or such to the inside. Or you can take
your chalks and lightly go over your raised image.

Ok who can explain this better or tell some more about it. Step right up and speak clearly.
Who's Next?????

From: Cathy K --- Mickey Don't limit yourself to chalks for coloring. You can use watercolor, paints, anything. A hint to make your stylus move easier is to rub the backside of the page you are going to emboss with wax paper. This is the very first type of hand made cards I learned to do and I love it. I have tons of brass stencils and always seem to get at least one more whenever I'm in a rubber stamp store :)

From: Tonya K. --- I love to do this on velum. Same procedure as
Mickey described, but you usually don't have to use a light box. I like to use colored
pencils to color mine in....makes it look "creamy" if you use pastels and "glassy" if you
use jewel tone pencils. I was very impressed with my first try at dry embossing on
velum...looks like me on this!!!!

From: Joellen  ---I have just started dry embossing....I think it's neat too! Question for you...when you color you color inside or outside of the ones you do on vellum?

From: Tonya--- I have a hearts and bows stencil I love. When I use it, I color the inside of the hearts (so they look puffed) and I color the outside of the bows.  Gives a 3D look. Most of the rest I color the inside. Play around if you have a piece of scrap velum. Some look better one way or the other.

From: Holly T.---  I have heard soooooo much about this, and never tried it UNTIL now. I don't have a stylus, so I used an old ink pen that has no ink in it, and I have no light box so I used the window (you sure were right about the sore arms!!!!!!!)  I have no brass stencils either, so I used some of the plastic ones I had bought when I was
GOING to do scrapbooking. grin It worked good.

From: Mickey Jo ----Well you can use the window. Oh and Bonnie will tell ya, at her house we swiped her grandson's light box toy. grin. Worked just fine. Or if you have a glass table, put a lamp under it. OOOh that makes a BIG light table.

From: Cori ---  When you add your color to the front of your card after dry embossing it, I've found it helps to put the stencil on the top part of the card and use it as a guide for coloring the images, especially if you're watercoloring.

From: Karen R.--- Another way to do it without wearing out your arm up on the window or if you haven't got a light box, is to get 2 of the stencil and tape them together with magic tape and put card in between the 2. That way you can dry emboss and still be able to color it in however you want to later. Just be gentle and it works a treat. Okay you do need 2 stencils but it saves a lot of wear and tear on your arms and
shoulder and with the window, on your back.

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