Friday, August 21, 2009

Faux Embossing

This is a nifty technique Flick taught me. She was demonstrating at the recent Quilt and Craft Fair (you've gotta go to those shows, there's demonstrations a-go-go - at least, there are when WE go!).

The faux 3d effect is quite eye-popping!

It looks like the image is embossed (that is, traced on the back with a stylus, so that the image stands up, enough to cast a shadow).

But it's totally flat!

The effect is achieved by stamping once with White craft ink (and what a great ink that is - the best white ink I've ever used!). Let it dry, or dry it off with a heat tool.

Then, use a stamp positioner, like the Stamp-a-ma-jig, to stamp the same image, offset to the side by just a few millimeters, in a dark ink.

Then (this is the unexpected step) stamp a SECOND time in the dark ink, in exactly the same spot. Why? Umm, it's very technical. The first stamping establishes the image, and the second one makes it ... better. Seriously, the effect of the white is powerful, so it takes two layers of regular ink to balance it out.

Here's a close look at the faux-embossing part :

You can see I couldn't keep my hands off my old favourite art material, pages from an old dictionary!

Here's another example I made in the same session.

The butterfly stamp from the Great Friend set (in the current mini catalogue) is also good for this technique. All the other stamps in this card are from that set too. So nice that everything just goes together!

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Supplies used:
Stamp set: Great Friend, Baroque Motifs
Ink :White Craft ink, Not Quite Navy

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Brocade Blue, Kraft

Other : Stamp-a-ma-jig


  1. Aha! "Dry the ink off with a heat tool or let it dry first" so that's the secret ;-) Mine didn't look so "embossed" and perhaps that's why!

  2. My white ink pad is super-juicy too, so drying off is a necessity!

  3. Fantastic post!! thank you so much for sharing. I appreciated this technique so much, thank you thank you! I love how my butterfly has come out.