Faux Embossing Technique

Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Featured, Flowers, Greeting Cards, Tutorial, video | 8 comments

Faux Embossing is a VERY fun technique that gives the illusion of embossed images.  I shared this card recently on my Keenan Kreations Facebook Page:

faux emb lost lagoon

This card uses the following Stampin’ Up! supplies:

  • Stamps:  Flower Patch, Thoughts and Prayers, Papillon Potpourri
  • Ink:  White Craft, Lost Lagoon
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Lost Lagoon
  • Accessories:  White Seam Binding Ribbon, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Labels Collection Framelits, Label Card Framelits, Pearls, Dimensionals

The directions for faux embossing are pretty simple:

  1. Stamp the bold image numerous times in White Craft ink on Lost Lagoon cardstock
  2. Allow the White Craft ink to dry (you can use the Heat Tool to speed up the drying too)
  3. Clean the stamp
  4. Stamp the same image in Lost Lagoon ink directly on top of the White Craft ink image but just slightly offset
  5. Clean the stamp if it picks up some of the White Craft ink so you don’t transfer that to the Lost Lagoon ink pad
  6. Repeat for the remaining images

I decided to use the Faux Embossing technique on the other colors from the 2014-2016 In Colors and varied the layouts just a bit:


faux emb mossy meadow 1

This card uses the Mossy Meadow cardstock and ink along with White Satin ribbon and the Label Love stamp set and coordinating Artisan Label punch.  I also popped up the center panel (Mossy Meadow 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″ layered to Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5″) on Dimensionals.


faux emb tangelo twist 1

This card uses the Tangelo Twist cardstock and ink along with the Four You stamp set, White Organza Ribbon and Circle Card Framelits.  The center panel measurements:  Tangelo Twist 3-3/4″ x 5″ layered to Whisper White 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.


faux emb hello honey 1

This card uses the Hello Honey cardstock and ink with the White Seam Binding, Four You and Papillon Potpourri stamp sets.


Faux Embossing Technique with Flower Patch stamp set

This card uses the Blackberry Bliss cardstock and inks along with the Label Love and Papillon Potpourri stamp sets.  You can see I was off a bit on that center flower.  I was using the Flower Patch stamp set which is Photopolymer and even though you can see through the stamp, it was harder to line up once the stamp was inked in that dark Blackberry Bliss.  I should have used the Stamp-a-majig for better alignment.


There’s also a video tutorial for this technique using a different stamp set on my Keenan Kreations YouTube Channel at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEKjK8vKE-g&list=UU9o_5t1Dod5Xn3rVTcLBqJg


This technique also works best with a bold image stamp.  If you haven’t already, please follow me on my Facebook page and subscribe to my YouTube channel 🙂

I hope you enjoyed todays’s projects featuring the Faux Embossing technique and will be inspired to create something pretty today 🙂


  1. Love these. Its a really fresh flower look. Some bright and cheery.

    • Thanks Connie 🙂 I think my favorite is the Lost Lagoon one – I’m a sucker for blues!

  2. Just love these cards…like all of them but most especially the Tangelo Twist w/white. Great job!!

    • Thank you Bea!

  3. WOW, beautiful, you have been very busy. Love them all. 🙂

    • Thank you Lisa! That technique is a little messy with the White Craft ink so you might as well make a bunch instead of just one 🙂

  4. Brenda you are the best teacher — such a wonderful technique and you explained it – along with some helpful hints – so well! Thanks for sharing your creativity and talents with us. Can’t wait to try this idea!

    • Thank you KT! Let me know if you post your samples online – I’d love to see your creations 🙂

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