Friday, September 11, 2009

Embossing-Brayer tutorial

I don't have a fancy embossing machine.
All my embossing is done by hand.
I bought these Fiskars texture plates a couple of years ago,
but had a difficult time using them.
By the time I covered up the plate with the cardstock,
it was hit or miss trying to guess where the grooves were.
This last week it hit me that I could
photo copy the texture plate to give me guidelines.

Here I have taped the piece of cardstock
that I wanted to emboss to the texture plate.

I then taped the photo copy of the plate over the cardstock.

I then went over the lines with my embossing stylus.

Brayer, ink pad and acrylic block.

I inked up the brayer by rolling it over the ink pad.

I then rolled the brayer over the acrylic block.
This step makes sure that the ink on the brayer is blended.

I then rolled the brayer over the embossed cardstock,
with the raised design on top. I used light pressure when rolling.

The finished embossing-brayered cardstock.

Sample card using the embossing-brayered cardstock.


  1. That's an awful lot of work... it would be so much easier if you got the Fiskars texture tool that is supposed to be used with the texture plates. It's 4.99 and you can get it at any craft store or Target, Wal-Mart....

  2. I do have the tool, but I didn't like the way it worked. It was akward to hold and didn't emboss as deep as a stylus does.

  3. i also have several of these texture plates, what a great idea. i've also found that i can run it through my cuttlebug too if you leave the the bottom B plate out and replace with the texture plate and add a embossing sheet (spellbinder).they are virtually the same depth as plate B.