Diana’s Technique of the Week: Embossed Backgrounds
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Hi everyone! Diana here with a technique that uses dies to create a gorgeous embossed background.

For this technique I used the following:

  • 5 x 3 3/4-inch piece of white cardstock
  • Distress ink
  • Foam blending tool
  • Snowflake dies
  • Silicone rubber embossing mat
  • Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine, Multipurpose Platform (opened to Tab 1) and 2 cutting plates

Begin by stacking your sandwich in this order from bottom to top: Multipurpose Platform (opened to Tab 1), cutting plate, silicone rubber mat, cardstock, dies, cutting plate. Run it through the die-cutting machine and the impression of the dies will be embossed into the cardstock.

I did this process twice so that the embossing would cover my entire piece of cardstock.

You could stop at this point and have a beautifully embossed background but I wanted to bring out the embossing even more, so I decided to add some ink.

I applied purple and blue ink to the embossed cardstock with a foam blending tool. In this sample, I applied the ink to the side of the cardstock that had the raised impression of the snowflakes. The ink is darkest on the raised outlines of the snowflakes.

In this sample, I applied ink to the other side of the cardstock with the depressed snowflake image. The ink stays on the surface, leaving the outline of the snowflake white.

I couldn?t decide which look I liked best so I made a card out of each of them.

I mounted the backgrounds on purple cardstock and attached each of them to an A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch) card base. Then I inked the sentiment stamp using both colors of distress ink, stamped it on white cardstock and cut it out with a stitched square die. I attached the sentiment to the background with foam adhesive for more dimension. To finish it off, I added snowflake embellishments which I cut from white glitter cardstock with the same dies I used to create the background.


Supplies: White glitter cardstock from DCWV; grape jelly and smooth white cardstock, Hand-Lettered Christmas stamp set and Stitched Square dies from My Favorite Things; faded jeans and wilted violet Distress Inks and Mini Blending tool from Ranger; Stitched Snowflake Dies from Lawn Fawn; die-cutting machine and accessories from Sizzix.

5 Responses to Diana’s Technique of the Week: Embossed Backgrounds

  1. karen hansen says:

    great idea!

  2. Christine says:

    Very pretty!

  3. Christine says:

    Nicely done…very pretty!

  4. Marjorie DUMONTIER says:

    These are stunning backgrounds !!

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