Wednesday, March 21, 2018

[Spellbinders] New Classics March Collection - Part II - Dry embossed cards

Hello, there!

 It’s Marge here again with gorgeous New Classics March Collection. Today I’m going to share how to make patterned backgrounds using dry embossing technique. Since all the dies in Classics March Collection are nested dies, with different patterns on frames one by one in a set, they are just perfect for making interesting patterns all together. So here are my cards for today.

To begin, I cut a white card stock using the largest frame die in the Fancy Edged Rectangles Dies set, then I placed all other smaller dies on it one by one, put a piece of masking tape on them to keep them from moving on the paper.

I then ran through it on a cutting machine for dry embossing using an embossing pad and plate. You may dry emboss first and then die cut the outline, but when you do this, the embossed pattern may be flattened while you run it through the cutting machine again. So I die cut the outline first, and then went on dry embossing. Here you can see how the embossed pattern came out.

To show off the clean white background pattern, I made the whole design clean and simple with giving it some focal points. I used Sentiments 2 Stamp & Die Set By Tammy Tutterow for sentiment, which was heat embossed on a dark cardstock with white embossing powder. Little branches and leaves were cut from a white cardstock using Wreath Elements Dies by Lene Lok then colored with distress inks. For more embellishment, I added pre-made mini flowers and Pretty Pink Posh Jewels.

Basically, creative process for the second card was very similar to the first one.

I made the same dry-embossed panel, foam mounted a piece of script die cut made with Sentiments 1 Stamp & Die Set by Tammy Tutterow, then I added a blossom made with Textured Flowers Dies by Marisa Job, mini leaves I made for the first card, and finally Pretty Pink Posh Jewels.

For my third card, I made stripes and dots patterned dry-embossed panel using Scored and Pierced Rectangles Dies set. To give it some interesting look, I inked the panel using distress oxide inks and blending tools, then splattered gold pearl ink over it.

I loved how ink blending showed off the embossed patterns. Then, I added butterfly die cuts which were blended with distress inks, script die cuts, lace strip, ribbon, and jewels in a similar way with the previous cards.

Spellbinders Supplies:


Kaisercraft Paper Blooms Mini Flowers, Pretty Pink Posh Jewels Bundle, May Arts White Silk Ribbon, May Arts Natural Twine String Burlap
Thank you for reading this post. Have you enjoyed it? Hope you will visit again in my next post. 
Have a wonderful day!


  1. Hi Marge, Such BEAUTIFUL cards, I really love how they turned out. I have a stupid question I have been dying to ask but I didn't want anyone to think I was stupid, since I kind of know you I was hoping you could help me, and your post is exactly what I am wondering about. I have seen the word " Dry Embossing" all over the place in the last few months, I can't figure out what the heck that means and what is it? You said in your post you run the dies thru the machine first then dry emboss, what does that mean? I know how to emboss, I just don't get what the "dry" part is? Can u explain that t me when you get some free time, I know you are super busy so when ever, I don't ever check this email, it is just for leaving comments because my main email never works for some reason, so my email address is that is the email I use all the time and check every day. Thanks Marge I really appreciate it, you are so sweet :) Tracey

  2. You have a way of making such simple things to me, take on a delicate and feminine feel with such a powerful display of layering, dimension and beauty!!! Love your work!