Embossed Scrapbook Paper

Dana Hinders
Layouts made with embossed paper have a unique appeal.

When you're looking for something with a little more flair than ordinary patterned paper, embossed scrapbook paper may be just what you need to finish your layout.

Add Style to Your Layouts with Embossed Scrapbook Paper

Using embossed paper in your scrapbooks is a great way to add dimension and texture to your pages without unnecessary bulk. Embossing is also a very affordable technique for the scrapbooker on a tight budget.

Dry Embossing

Dry embossing is the process of using a stylus and stencils to create a raised design on your paper. The end result is subtle yet sophisticated and elegant, making embossing suitable for a variety of layout styles. For example:

  • You can tear a strip of embossed paper to create a simple page border.
  • Embossing a photo mat is a great way to draw attention to your layout's focal point.
  • Emboss a design on a tag and accent it with pretty ribbon or fibers to create a one-of-a-kind embellishment.

To create an embossed design on your cardstock, vellum, or patterned paper:

  1. Choose a stencil with a design that fits the theme of your layout. Florals and geometric shapes are popular options for dry embossing, but you can emboss almost any design you want.
  2. Secure your stencil to a light box or other sturdy work surface.
  3. Turn your paper upside down and place it on top of the stencil.
  4. Use gentle pressure to trace your design with the embossing stylus, taking care not to accidentally tear your paper. Use the large end of the stylus for general outlines and add details with the smaller end of the tool.
  5. Flip your paper over to look at your finished design.
  6. If you wish, add color to the embossed design using scrapbook chalk.

To learn more about dry embossing, check out the following helpful links:

Heat Embossing

While most people who talk about embossed scrapbook paper are referring to paper that has been dry embossed, heat embossing is another great technique to add to your layouts. Heat embossing involves using rubber stamps, pigment ink, embossing powder, and a heat tool to create a raised image. This technique is very popular in card making, but can easily be applied to your scrapbook pages as well. For example:

  • You can use letter stamps to heat emboss a title for your layout.
  • Heat embossing is a useful technique for creating unique photo corners.
  • On your next layout, try stamping a design to use as a decorative border or photo frame.

To make a heat embossed design on your cardstock, vellum, or patterned paper:

  1. Select a rubber stamp that complements your layout's theme. You can emboss with wood-mounted or clear acrylic stamps, depending upon your personal preferences.
  2. Stamp the image onto the paper using pigment ink. If you're not sure what type of ink you have available, read the label carefully. You can't heat emboss using dye ink because the ink will dry too quickly.
  3. Sprinkle embossing powder over the stamped image. If you use too much powder, simply pour the excess back into the container.
  4. Use your heat tool to melt the powder until it appears raised and shiny.

For additional information about heat embossing, check out the following helpful links:

Embossed Scrapbook Paper