Less is More #365 Dry Embossing

IHello there.  It’s the second half of our month long 7th birthday celebration at Less is More  (LIM).  Our new challenge this fortnight is Dry Embossing.  Several guests are joining us again and our new sponsor for this challenge is Seven Hills Crafts.










Embossing folders (EF) are one of the easiest ways to dry emboss a design on a card.  However, it gets a little tricky when it comes to clean and simple (CAS) cards because it can clutter up all that lovely white space characteristic of CAS cards.  Therefore, one way to pull off a CAS card using a busy EF design is to partial emboss with a diffuser.


A diffuser is a template you can add to an EF so that only the areas covered by the diffuser will emboss.  I created my own heart diffuser by die cutting 8 hearts from cardstock scraps and gluing them together.  The diffuser was then positioned and adhered to the outside of the EF with some temporary tape.



A die cut Mixed Media stitched rectangle was inserted into the folder and embossed through my Big Shot.  To complete my super CAS card, NBUS ‘with’ was red heat embossed and a NBUS ‘love’ sentiment (just purchased and now discontinued) was die cut from red glitter paper.  The panel was mounted with foam adhesive to a white top folding card base.
Some helpful tips:
– diffuser thickness will vary depending on EF, machine, etc.
– using a thicker cardstock worked better than regular cardstock
– a busy detailed EF is best for a specific shape diffuser like this heart (this Provocraft Bubbles EF was my first EF I ever bought and was the only one that worked because of its tight close-knit pattern)




Playing in the following challenges:
AAA Cards#108 All You Need is Love
Uniko#45 Something Old, Something New optional twist LOVE (old Provocraft EF, new sentiment stamp + love die)
STAMPlorationsFebruary 2018 Paint It Red









This next card was created for my friend Dorothy.  This time, circle dies were used to emboss the concentric circle background on a white A2 stitched rectangle die cut from Mixed Media paper.  The bear was stamped on Neenah cardstock with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  It was die cut out with the matching die and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was die cut from gold glitter paper.  Gold shimmer splatters were added before the panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and the card was assembled.



This one’s heading to the following challenges:
Always Happy Birthday February 2018 CAS Birthday
Watercooler Wednesday#157 All About Occasions 
Send a Smile 4 KidsAnything Goes 4 Kids or Cards for Teens
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional twist Coffee or Tea



That does it for me.  Hope you will join us and link up your CAS dry embossed cards.  For more inspirations and ideas from our guests and my team, click HERE.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!










36 thoughts on “Less is More #365 Dry Embossing

  1. Trina, that’s a great idea to create your own embossing diffusors (I have only a set of bought diffusors and think I need to create some like you did in beloved shapes!) – Thanks for this inspiration!
    The CAS design of your card is just amazing! Love it!

    Thanks for sharing your card with us in the Uniko Challenge Gallery!
    Greetings from Wiebke (DT)

  2. I got it! Seeing your diffuser helped me understand how this worked! What a great technique, and 2 gorgeous cards, Cathy x

  3. Very late visit this time Trina, sorry about that! I truly love both these cute CAS designs. The dry embossed heart is genius and using so many circle dies on your second card has given a very interesting, detailed look. Perfect background for your sweet, perfectly colored bear! By the way, I heard from Sandie the other day and she had received my Christmas card now, 2 months after Christmas -maybe yours will still turn out! 🙂 xxx

  4. Brilliant! That diffuser card is just superb Trina! And thank you so much for the tips on how to partial emboss as I’ve never managed to get that right (will have another go now). Your new die cut ‘love’ looks incredible in the vibrant and sparkly red. That card is right up my street, so to speak. Your cute teddy card is adorable and the embossing folder you used is lovely and subtle. Sorry I’m late popping over to see you but getting this house ready for sale has been so much work that I’ve had little time for anything else xx

  5. A birthday bear, bearing cake – what’s not to love? Great touch with the embossed circles. Thanks for playing along with Watercooler Wednesday.

  6. Both great cards Trina with great techniques. Very well explained. Hadn’t heard of the diffuser trick before and it’s so cool. The little bear on the concentric circles is so sweet. It’s so beautifully coloured and shaded.
    Thanks so much for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday “All Occasions” Challenge this week. So inspiring.

  7. Delightful cards, Trina! I’ve not heard about the diffuser technique; definitely cool and will certainly try at some point. Your ‘spotlight’ embossing is incredibly effective. Your glittery love is so striking; your little bear..oh my! Smitten with him! So thrilled to see you in the Uniko gallery!

  8. Hi Trina, both these cards are so beautifully clean and simple. I love the way both cards have been dry embossed in very different ways and the excellent guide to achieving those results which you’ve included. With your explanations, I feel confident I could successfully try these techniques. Love that little teddy bear and the wonderful colouring and shading. Using the circle dies for your embossing added so much interest to the background as did the little spots of gold. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  9. Fabulous cards! I especially love the first one with the embossed heart – what a perfect way to create a CAS Valentine. Thanks for explaining how you did it and giving some tips.

  10. Two beautiful examples of dry embossing, Trina! Thanks for explaining the use of a diffuser! Your embossed heart is so pretty with the red sentiment! Love the concentric embossed circles. I’ve never tried that technique but I love it so I’ll have to give it a try! Sweet bear too!

  11. Wow, Trina…I am so impressed with your diffuser technique and so appreciate your photo tutorial on your technique. Your dry embossed heart with your stamped and die cut sentiments and die cut border are a beautiful example of Less is More design. TFS my friend and for all your inspiration. Hugs..

  12. Two stunning cards, Trina ! Love the first one very much. So elegant and delicate with this subtle embossed heart. Beautifully CAS with a gorgeous touch of red over this wide white space ! Great technique that I have to use again ! Your second card is so cute and I love how the die embossing makes a beautiful background without adding any other colour. Beautiful inspiration. Have a fabulous weekend ! Hugs x

  13. I love these cards, Trina! The first one looks incredible with the embossed heart (great use of the diffuser technique!), really stylish, and your second card with the birthday bear is so cute! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  14. How fab that we both tried the EF diffuser technique this week. I struggled with it a little and couldn’t get my Big Shot sandwich right, more practice required! Your heart is much sharper than my wonky circle! lol I have the HA dies so really must try embossing with them, it adds a great focal point for your little bear. Awesome cards, teamie. Hugs xx

  15. Trina these are both super stunning and I’m delighted that you’ve explained the diffuser trick so perfectly. It’s not something I’ve ever tried and I’ve often wondered if it’s possible to dry-emboss a small section only with an EF … now I know. Stylish, classy and elegant! Your little cutie is adorable and I love the multiple concentric circle embossing…I tried that on one of mine but obviously need more closer nesting dies to pull it off! Have a brilliant weekend x

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