January Playdate: Simple Dry Embossing

Instructor: Myrna Rosen
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 12 – 4 PM
203 Margaret Morrison, CMU
Free to Guild members

example of embossing

Dry embossing can also be called relief embossing. It is done by tracing an image onto mat board cutting out the image out, and then burnishing down the image to create your design on any project.

The result is a stunning raised or relief pattern on objects such as book pages, cards, paper, etc. Enhance any project with the reflection of shadow and light as a useful design element.


  • An uncomplicated image or lettering of your choice*
  • Exacto knife with fresh blades
  • Cutting surface
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Burnishers of various shapes and sizes, none too sharp; i.e., Letraset burnishers, spoon burnishers, bone folder, back of a large crochet hook, large ball pointed stylus
  • Bring pen with C-0 nib and ink if you want to create your own calligraphic designs
  • Small pieces of mat board, 4” x 6 ’’ or larger*
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil, B or with softer leads
  • Various papers if you want to experiment. You’d be surprised at the many papers that are embossable (not impossible).*

*Myrna or Guild will also supply extras.

Please RSVP by Thursday, January 8, 2015 to scribelypgh@gmail.com

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