Embossing with Stencils

’tis the Season

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Handmade greeting card featuring a cardinal on an embossed branch with the sentiment "tis the Season" by Martha Lucia Gomez

Stencils are my passion and today I want to share a fun technique with you: embossing with stencils! It is easy, fun and beautiful, perfect for impressing our friends with beautiful cards or presents during Christmas time. Take a look at my card and let me show you how you can make one just like it.



Step 1

Secure the stencil over cardstock using masking tape. Ink through the stencil directly with the VersaMark pad.


Step 2

Remove the stencil and wash with soap and warm water. Cover the inked areas with Verdigris Embossing Powder. Shake of excess. Melt with heat tool.


Step 3

Stamp the branch image several times over the embossed image using Memento Desert Sand Ink. This step will add dimension to your card.


Step 4

Stamp cardinal image on a separate piece of cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


Step 5

Color in the cardinal using the Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor ink palette with Fantastix. Fussy or die cut the image.


Step 6

Stamp the sentiment above your branch using Delicata Black Shimmer and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Adhere this piece to your card base. Attach the cardinal using dimensional adhesive.


  • Hero Arts – Kelly’s Happiest Season of All stamp set
  • Cardstock – cream, green
  • Stencil Girl – Pressed Leaves stencil






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