Paper Craft

Divine Dry embossing with MFT dies

Hello! I’m back with a quick bonus mid week post! I’m still trying to get all of my MFT Camp Create cards out of the way (I started them, so I’ll finish them!!!) and I only have 2 left – dry embossing and a slider card. As I’ve finished the dry embossing tonight, I’ll share it with you now.


I won’t lie – I’m not the biggest fan of dry embossing with thin metal dies – it’s such a fine line between embossing and “oh bother, I die cut it…” I would far rather use an embossing folder to get texture on my backgrounds. However, as this challenge was all about using thin metal dies for embossing I decided that the embossing had to be centre stage, and for that there really is only one thing for it – I was going to use my alphabet dies for the sentiment!

I had some of the ‘inner’ bits from the frame die cuts I had used for the Spectacular Shakers challenge so I decided to use that as the main layer for my card (waste not…) I used my MFT Stitiched Alphabet dies to spell out ‘Smile’, lined them up along a ruler and attached them together with some sellotape to keep them in formation. I ran the layer through my TODO on a setting 9 instead of 8 (my usual die cutting setting N.B. each TODO is individual so settings vary from machine to machine) and despite the creasing in the card between the letters, I was pleased with how it had turned out.

Whilst I had wanted this card to be CAS, just a white rounded rectangle on a black card base was a bit stark! So I decided to really step out of my comfort zone… I am a ‘cool’ colours kinda gal – I like blues, greens and purples, I am not a fan of the ‘warm’ colours like yellow, orange, red and brown. However, I really feel that ‘smile’ should be sunshine-y and bright, so I reached for my very neglected yellow/orange/red Distress Inks and circular sponge applicators and blended away!

To finish off the colour scheme I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops in ‘Orange Marmalade’ and when they had dried I added some foam to the back of the layer and added it to my black card base.


Do you like dry embossing with dies? Am I just making a fuss over it and it’s easier than I think? I love to hear from you, so leave me your thoughts in the comments section below, and come back soon to see what I make next.

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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