Ideas for making embossed Christmas cards

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Ideas for making embossed Christmas cards
Embossing creates a raised design on a card. (Getty Thinkstock)

Embossing is a technique that creates raised designs on cards. Assorted methods include dry embossing, where an embossing stencil or machine pushes the paper out, and heat embossing, where a stamped image dusted with embossing powder is heated to melt the powder into a raised design. The easiest way to create embossed cards is to use an embossing pen that lets you draw a design with a thick ink that dries into a raised decoration.

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Fancy dove card

Heat emboss a large dove on gold card stock to create a fancy Christmas card. A dove-shaped stamp of embossing ink covers the front flap of the gold card. A dusting of pearly white embossing powder over the stamp is heated to create a shiny design. Small, hand-cut, shiny green paper leaves and pearly white paper berries trim the edges of the card.

Delicate snowflake card

Combine some patience and an embossing pen to create a Christmas card with a delicate snowflake theme. A light pencil sketch of a large snowflake in the middle of a dark blue card provides a guide for the embossing. Cover the sketch with glittery white embossing ink to form a raised surface. The ink also covers a small snowflake pattern on each corner of the front card flap. Glittery silver embossing ink forms raised swirl trim on the edges of the card, connecting each small snowflake.

Glittery snowman card

Dry emboss a snowman for a Christmas card with a simple and sweet style. The card consists of white card stock with a light layer of wax over the inner front flap. A snowman stencil and embossing tool traced over the inner flap form a raised design on the front of the card.

A light dusting of sparkling white and light blue chalk fills in the snowman's body. Silver glitter ink outlines the snowman and forms sparkling snowflakes around the edges of the card. A light layer of glossy and clear spray sealant covers the chalk and ink to prevent smearing.

Christmas tree card

Mix several different techniques to create a holiday card with a colourful Christmas tree. A pine tree shape is dry embossed to the inner front flap of a cream card with an embossing tool and stencil. Green chalk fills the tree shape and forms two mistletoe leaves in each corner of the front card flap.

Three, ink-stamped, round berry shapes with red embossing powder decorate each corner of the front card to turn the plain leaves into a mistletoe decoration. Colourful round ornaments consisting of red, blue, silver and gold embossing ink decorate the chalk tree. A light layer of clear glitter sealant spray covers the front and back flaps of the card for protection and a hint of sparkle.

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