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DIY Embossed Cards

by Grace Bonney

I always think of embossed cards as the little black dress of stationery. A simple embossed card always feels in style and detailed enough to be interesting but isn’t so in your face with decorative details that the message is lost in the design. I’ve always wanted to know how to make my own embossed cards, so came to my rescue! In this tutorial, she will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating your own embossed cards. Her process photos are incredibly detailed and easy to follow, so I hope this will inspire all of you to give it a shot with something simple, like this heart design Erica created. I’ve always wanted to do a simple square monogram of my family’s initials (G for me, J for Julia, H for Hope and T for Turk) so I think I’ve got this weekend’s project all lined up. Thanks so much to Erica for sharing this project with us and stay tuned for more DIYs from to come soon! xo, grace

Click through for the full how-to after the jump!


-any assortment of soft papers (I used 110# Cranes Lettra) cut down to your desired card size (I like to go ahead and make my fold lines now, too!)
-thick cardstock/chipboard (to create the template)
-printout of your design
-light source (I used the window!)
-xacto knife/cutting blade of choice + cutting mat
-a mechanical pencil, a large safety pin, or a bone folder


I’m not sure you’ll believe how easy this project really is. So much impact for only a little bit of effort! So, here goes…


To save a step I began by printing my design directly onto the chipboard.


Not only that but I went ahead and cut the chipboard down to match the size of my card (I used an A2-sized card here) so my design would be right where I wanted it when I got to the actual embossing. Of course you can eyeball it, too, but I’m a measurer at heart. It’s totally up to you however you’d like to get your image onto your template – Print it right onto the board, draw it from scratch, or trace from someplace else.

*In case you’re unable to print directly onto the chipboard/cardstock, here are the steps to tracing your design. For this I’m using white cardstock and have printed my design on any ol’ printer-friendly paper. The thinner the better so you can see the design through to trace it onto your template.


Now cut it out!


I would recommend using a cutting knife, but scissors can work, too, depending on the intricacy of your design. The cutting knife is always my go-to. Again here, I would recommend cutting the outer edge of the template to match your card size, making alignment for embossing super easy.


Now locate a light source to align the design to your prepped card.


It can be as simple as a day lit window or as fancy as a lightbox. Place the template on the front of the card – You will actually be doing the “embossing” from the inside of the card (ok, so technically, you’re doing a deboss…), which is where the light source comes in. [Be mindful of the orientation of your template to how you want the finished card to read.] And now for the magic. All you do is trace just inside the edges of your cut design. No need to fill it in! The template you cut out will do all the work for you. I used a mechanical pencil [with the lead hidden!] because I literally have dozens of them at my disposal. Something with a point, but not sharp enough to rip your paper.


Give it a nice hard trace, as smooth as you’re able, and voila!


I mean, how pretty and how simple is this?! I’m going to start embossing everything by hand.

This heart design is from a and since it was so easy and gratifying I thought it would be fun to try out a few different sizes on some little tags and other detail things.


It’s just so easy and fast. Seriously, all of my holiday packages will be my usual brown paper packages tied up with string… and an awesome little embossed tag. Happy embossing!

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