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!


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