Selective Embossing Technique – Wedding Invitations

To Have and to Hold

by Roni Johnson


Selective embossing is a beautiful way to bring added depth and dimension to an image by highlighting just a few areas rather than embossing an entire image where those select details might be lost. I have incorporated this technique into a mock-up wedding invitation for my son’s upcoming wedding which we will be celebrating in August!



Step 1

Stamp desired image(s) on cardstock. Delicata Black Shimmer was used on the white card, and Delicata White Shimmer was used for the black card. Let dry completely. This is important because if it is not dry, the embossing powder will stick to entire stamped image.


Step 2

Color in select areas of the stamped image that you would like to highlight using the VersaMarker. Sprinkle with embossing powder; shake off excess and heat to melt the powder. You will be left with an amazing image that creates a whole new dimension on your project.

I repeated this process on different pieces of the invitation. Here are the inside pocket, and the RSVP postcard:


I liked adding the silver accents to dark ink. I can’t wait to celebrate this day with my son! Here are a couple more photos of the completed “mock-up”.



  • – cardstock, Dahlia Rubber Stamps
  • Bazzill Basics – Shimmer Paper
  • American Crafts – Glitter Paper
  • Vellum
  • Printed text

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