Faux Dimensional Embossing

Hello. Today I am sharing a very simple technique for creating a faux dimensional look with embossing. The results? Looks like puffy stickers!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

As a kid, I LOVED puffy stickers. And this technique of layered embossing gives that look!

My first card shows the layered look on dark gray cardstock. I started by clear embossing the big and bold sentiment from the Concord & 9th Fill In Phrases Stamp Set on a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die cut. I then pink heat embossed the same sentiment on top of the first… but slightly offset. The result? A dimensional puffy sticker!

For the backgrounds, I used the new and very innovative Concord & 9th Floral Fill In Patterned Paper and Concord & 9th Floral Fill In Stencils. The papers are grey and white and have open flower areas. All you have to do is line up the floral stencils and ink it with whatever colors you want to make custom patterned papers. BRILLIANT. All I added for embellishments? Your Next Stamp Crystal Clear Sparkle Gumdrops.

You can layer any colors of embossing powder. The examples above show color over clear. But you can also do color on top of color. The example on the right below shows light pink under dark pink. And again, I used the Concord & 9th Floral Fill In Stencils and Concord & 9th Floral Fill In Patterned Paper for the backgrounds.

Grab any two embossing powders you have and try it!

The blue pops against the black background…

If you want the look of shadowed sentiments on white, simple stamp the first layer with light grey ink and color heat emboss the second. Works great!

I hope you will give this a try!


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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60 thoughts on “Faux Dimensional Embossing”

  1. this is AMAZING! Love the layered shiny look of the embossing powder. I saw the Concord and 9th papers on a website and thought you just colored them… how cool is that stencil idea!! LOOOOOOOVE that!

  2. I love this technique, especially against the gray cardstock. I also love the Floral Fill In stencil and patterned paper. This will definitely be added to my “Mother’s Day Wishlist”! 🙂

  3. Hi Jennifer ~ These cards are absolutely stunning!! I especially love the angled look of the “I will miss you quite terribly.” Thanks for sharing. ~HUGS~

  4. Ooo…love the Concord and 9th paper with the stencil. Sounds like a good reason to have a hoard because you will never have enough. Who doesnt love puffy stickers?!

  5. Thank you Jennifer for providing yet another new technique. Your blog is the very best!! I love the Concord and Nine paper and stencil set too.

  6. Once again, Jennifer, you have brought new life to my ideas. You give so many examples and variations to try. I really appreciate all the time you put into sharing your techniques!

  7. What a great technique! I will definitely be giving this a try! You always seem to give us new techniques to try! Thank you for enriching my creative life,

  8. Great technique and I was admiring the wonderful patterned papers before you mentioned them. You have such super ideas!

  9. I love this technique and the striking results that you get! The Concord and 9th paper is very innovative.

  10. Wow Jennifer! You just continue to amaze me with your creativity! I’d be happy with even half of your talent!! I can’t wait to try this technique. It is awesome!! Can I come play in your craft room with you? 🙂

  11. What a great effect you create with this technique !! Thank you for another clear video with great tips and information.
    Greetings from Belgium.

  12. Love the dimension you have achieved with this simple yet clever technique. I suspect this technique might also work with my new Distress Oxide Inks, since they contain pigment ink. Cannot wait to try this.
    Those papers and stencils are also a very clever new product.
    Kalo mina! Have a good month!

  13. This is such a great way to get more mileage from my supplies. Thanks for the idea.

    I’ve been wondering what the tool is that you’ve been using to pick the backing off of adhesive tape. Can you provide a link? Thank you

  14. I want to retire so I can have time to try all your techniques. So many great ideas. Thanks again.

  15. Another fabulous new technique!! Your creativity and skill to actually carry out what you’ve thought up just amazes me!! And what I love even more is that you use your gift of creativeness to encourage and share kindness. You’re a blessing to many!! Beautiful cards and these stencils and paper by Concord and 9th are a great idea.

  16. I love the innovation that Concord & 9th creates. The paper and matching stencils is as you said brilliant.

  17. I see some embossing powder shopping in my future! I have a few I’ve used for techniques in scrapbooking but not a lot of colours. What a great effect you’ve created. How brilliant of Concord and 9th to creat customizable papers. I love the fine white WOW powder you recommended. I can finally get tiny writing to work. XO

  18. Wow! These cards are gorgeous! Thank you for always showing us such great techniques and the variations if we don’t have all the supplies on hand. Truly appreciate it!

  19. I just love your ideas! The letters do look puffy and so shiny. You do all of this and take care of your family and home. I would just be happy to have some of your energy lol!!! TFS Jennifer ♥

  20. Simply just love this technique, you come up with such beautiful cards. I watch your videos all the time, have watched other card makers and no-one I have found is as detailed as you. Thank- you so much for doing what you do. In this video your used a tool to remove the tape strip from the back of sentiment. What is it called ? Did not notice it from the list of items you used. Thanks Again

  21. I love this, technique and I have some sentiment stamps that are bold to try with. Love the Concord &9th papers and stencils too.

  22. How clever from Concord & 9th, what a fab idea to complete the design like that. Love it. Your cards are so pretty Jennifer, really great technique and the finished panels look great with the papers behind. Off to pull out my suitable stamps – thank you! Lisa x

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