Hand embossing gives you a chance to use your creativity and make something that is uniquely yours. Anyone can email or text nowadays, but how special it is to receive something that someone took the time to make especially for you! Whether you make something for yourself or others, anyone who sees it will be “impressed”!

What do I need to “dry emboss”?
You will need a light source such as a window or a light box . . . something that will help you “see” the template through the paper. You will also need a stylus with a large ball on at least one end and, of course, our brass embossing templates.

How do I dry emboss?
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Determine which side of the template is the “right” side then lay it face down on your light source. (The only time it really matters is when you’re embossing words or alphabet.) Next, position your paper, colored side down, on top of the template making sure the white is showing. Take your Embossing Tissue or a piece of waxed paper and rub over the area you are about to emboss, this makes the stylus glide over the paper easier. Trace the edges of the metal only! . . . There is no need to fill-in the center because you have already “pushed” the paper through. When you are finished, turn the paper over and determine if you have missed any areas or if the embossing needs to be a little more defined. If necessary, place the template back into the “grooves” and finish what you have missed. It’s EASY!

Do you need a special paper?
No! This is simple, any paper will work. The thicker the paper, the better the image will emboss.

Don’t I need an expensive machine to emboss with?
No! Embossing with brass templates is very simple and quite affordable.
All you need is your handy dandy little stylus, your favorite template and paper and a light source.

Embossing machines, like the Big Shot, can be used but you have to run the entire template through the machine so therefore it embosses everything that is on the template.

What about the paper piecing?
When you are finished embossing, use a good pair of small paper scissors to cut out your paper piece. Don’t use large kitchen scissors because they are too cumbersome and usually are not sharp enough for small pieces and places. DO NOT cut right next to the embossing! Leave a 1/16” to 1/8” margin AWAY from the embossing for the most beautiful look! Use foam mounting tape, hot glue or glue dots to attach your pieces together then mount them on the card background. Check out our quick tutorial on dry embossing . . . you’ll be amazed!

Can I make it simple or do I need to add color and paper piecing?
You can make it as simple as embossing on a piece of white cardstock for an elegant white-on-white effect. You can emboss a piece of colored cardstock then take one of our Paper Scuffers or Scratchers or a piece of fine grit sand paper and lightly sand or “scuff” the top of the colored paper off from the raised embossing to define your work. Experiment with different techniques to create your look.

Why do I want to use Lasting Impressions paper?
Any paper can be used but the thicker the better. Our paper has a white core which makes it easier to “see” through the paper when placed on your light source and it is a perfect weight. Solid core paper is not easily seen through, especially dark papers, and lightweight paper tears easily during embossing. One hint . . . it’s better to lightly emboss an area a few times than to heavily emboss an area once and tear the paper. You’ll soon get “the feel” for the amount of pressure to apply. (And, again, don’t forget to rub the waxed paper over the paper first to help the stylus glide over the paper easier!)

Can I emboss on envelopes?
You can add a cute little design to the flap or the front of an envelope. You can make cute scrapbook pages, recipe cards, gift tags, notecards . . . if you can dream it you can do it.

36 Responses

  1. Kathy Cook

    I’d like to order more doodle tag envelopes but haven’t seen them for a while. When can I get them?

  2. Margaret Gordon

    I was looking for the bunny 9049 which is in the catalog but not on the website. Is it no longer available?
    Same thing with Daisy S841.

  3. Jan

    Do you have a store front at the North Salt Lake address?

  4. Linda Presley

    Love your new papers!!! How do I purchase these mini pattern papers and are they available wholesale?


    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Rosie’s Roadshow

  5. Noble and Associates

    Do you make custom stencils? I could send an image; could you make it into a metal stencil? If so what would you charge for a 4 x 5 stencil? I need it for embossing my company logo onto card stock.

  6. Off The Wall

    I’ve been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this site.
    Thanks, I’ll try and check back more frequently.
    How frequently you update your site?

  7. Sherri Martin

    Hi – I am having trouble sending message from my email address although I am receiving emails so I thought I would send you this message from your website. I just placed an order and was wondering if I could add 2 items to my order before you ship it out. If you can I would like to add the course and fine scuffers to my order. The order number is LIW2296. My phonw number is 281-907-6598 and 832-331-8620. Thank you for your help. Regards, Sherri Martin.

    Thanks for your help.

    Sherri Martin

  8. Donna

    Hi Sherri. So sorry you are having problems getting in touch with Lasting Impressions. I have forwarded your note and hopefully someone will get in touch ASAP. Happy embossing, 🙂 Donna

  9. Donna

    Thanks so much for your comments. I try and update the Blog every month and especially when there’s a new release. Keep checking back! Thanks so much. Happy embossing. 🙂 Donna

  10. Donna

    Yes you can Jennifer. Please call (801) 298-1979. Happy embossing! 🙂 Donna

  11. Donna

    Please call Lasting Impressions at (801) 298-1979. 🙂 Donna

  12. Kathleen Broadwater

    On 6-30-16 I purchased your software and my computer says it is faulty and can’t be downloaded. Can you send me a new copy

  13. julie

    I found a stencil, What’s the buzz (c) 2000 and I’m trying to figure out how it works. It looks like a flower with a honeybee and dragonfly, but inside a box of some type. could it be a flowerpot or a beehive? I’m having trouble visualizing, but love to use it to make some tags for my bee products. Do you have any ideas? Do I reposition it to make it work?

  14. Leanne Novacek

    I am trying to order a few posters (12 x 36); however, it does not appear to be saving my uploaded image?

  15. Donna

    Hi Vickie. I am afraid that one is long gone. You could try doing a google search in hopes of finding it elsewhere. So sorry. 🙂 Donna

  16. Donna

    Hi Julie. It doesn’t sound like you do much embossing. Welcome to a very fun technique. Look at the Videos on the Home Page. The “What’s the Buzz” template, #L1087, is an older template and it has “parts” that you can emboss separately. The main image is a flower pot and the additional pieces are the flowers/leaf you can add to the pot, along with the bee and dragonfly (and the wording, of course). Remember when you do the wording to put the template face down on your light box, then the cardstock face down, use wax paper over the paper to ease the stylus when you emboss and then I find scuffing the wording really makes it “pop.” I hope this was helpful. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

  17. Donna

    In the future, Sherri, please call L.I. directly. I’m afraid we get so many spam messages that frequently our wonderful customers get lost in the mix. 🙁

  18. Donna

    Hi Kathleen. I hope your issue was resolved by now. If not, please call L.I. directly. Thanks. 🙂

  19. Donna

    Hi Jan. Yes, we do have a store front. You will find the address on the Home Page or call L.I. directly for directions. 🙂

  20. Donna

    Hi Margaret. So sorry for any inconvenience but we do “retire” templates to make way for new images. If you are not finding what you are looking for under “templates,” then there’s a good chance that particular template has been retired.

  21. Donna

    Hi Leanne. Call L.I. That’s the best way! Thank you for your interest and keep on embossing! 🙂 Donna

  22. Kathy

    I’m looking at ordering my square 12X12 calendars through you this year. I’ve used Memory Mixer for years. My question is do I need to have all my pages completed before I order the calendar, or can I order the calendar, then upload as my pages are finished? Thank you.

  23. Mary Kay

    wondering when you will have the M12 Minis template back in stock ?

    also wondering if you have the cards and envelopes that coordinate with the doodle tag idea sheets.

  24. Mary Kay

    Looking for template M12 Mini, when will it be back in stock ?

  25. JO Anna Grimsley

    I have your Colored Impressions 2 software, which I LOVE. Has worked great on my Windows xp pc. I have a Windows 7 pc and can’t get it to install. Can you help, Thanks

  26. Donna

    Call our office and ask for Debbie. She can take care of that. 🙂 Donna

  27. Donna

    Mary Kay … I see M12 listed as available. Call our office! 🙂 Donna

  28. Donna

    Call our office and ask for Debbie. She can help you! 🙂 Donna

  29. Donna

    Sorry the template is no longer available but if you own Colored Impressions’ Software you can print the sentiment. The software is wonderful. Good luck. 🙂 Donna

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