How to DIY Emboss

by: Greg Mathews

I have never embossed in my life, but I saw this sweet post on dribbble and I wanted to try embossing out: Dribbble

Ampersand Embossed from Dribbble

My way of embossing is not quite as good as that, but it is pretty close...and it costs no money!

Tools: Paper, Empty Mechanical Pencil, Thin Cardboard (Girl Scout cookie box).

1.) The first step to embossing is to draw something that you like! I found this cool G to try out my embossing technique with so I drew that!

Letterpress G

2.) Now get a thin piece of cardboard. I found my piece of cardboard inside a Hello Panda box. Girl Scout cookie boxes also work well!

cardboard

3.) Next, draw what you want to emboss onto your cardboard.

Drawing of G on Cardboard

4.) Now, take a razer blade and cut out what you just drew!

Cardboard with G cut out

5.) Flip the cardboard over so that the letter is backwards

Cardboard with G cut out and flipped over

6.) Place your paper on top of your cardboard. Flip the paper over so that you are looking at the back of the paper.

Paper on top of flipped cardboard

7.) Find something which you can use to emboss and not make marks on the paper. I used an empty mechanical pencil and that worked really well.

Paper on top of flipped cardboard with mechanical pencil

8.) Trace the outline of your stencil, you do not need to push on the middle (This is important to make a clean emboss).

Tracing the stencil with the mechanical pencil

9.) Flip over your paper and you are all done with your custom emboss work!

Embossed G

Good work!

-Greg Mathews

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