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5 Simple (but impressive!) DIY Embossing Ideas

September 15, 2016
diy embossing ideas

On Tuesday, we got crafty with mixing watercolors with diy embossing. In my opinion, this is one the most self-satisfying diy design/craft activities out there. There’s something about watching that embossing powder come to life with heat, and it’s literally eye candy every time. Today I’m sharing 5 simple, (but impressive!) DIY embossing ideas that will give your greeting cards, gift tags, stationery and artwork an extra level of cool. 😉 Read on for step by steps, exact supplies used and photos for each!

5 simple (but impressive!) DIY embossing ideas

First things first
Here’s the full list of materials I’m using (mix-and-matched) throughout the examples below:

5 Simple DIY Embossing Ideas

#1: Use as Outlines

DIY embossed lettering

By creating art with open areas, you can then fill in the gaps with watercolors or markers, or just leave open for a more sophisticated feel.


#2: Create Added Depth

diy embossing depth

Instead of leaving simpler embossed lettering as-is, easily create more depth with a watercolor or marker shadow. Reverse the same effect by creating your simpler, watercolor lettering first, then add the emboss as a shadow.


#3: Extra Texture/Pattern Details

good luck gold emboss

Add shine and texture at the same time by integrating the emboss to background elements, like a simple polka dot or confetti design. Use largely spaced smaller dots to create tiny sparkle for a more sophisticated look.


#4: White on White for Surprise Texture/Depth Illusions!

white on white diy embossing

Create the illusion of extra depth by going white on white! Perfect for winter-themed holiday creations where a few simple dots or snowflake illustrations take any piece up a notch. 😉


#5: Sprinkle on Wet Watercolor!

watercolor lettering with gold emboss

While your watercolor is still wet (or damp, where the powder will still stick), sprinkle a little embossing powder into it. Wait for your watercolor to fully dry, then zap with the heat tool. Check out the little random flecks of sparkle!



  • Reply Vickie September 16, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    i love your blog!!! you are an amazing artist and i pray you are truly blessed by sharing you talent with us

    • Reply Teela September 17, 2016 at 4:13 PM

      Thanks so much, Vickie!

  • Reply Michelle Murphy September 17, 2016 at 6:37 PM


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