To add non-cluttering texture to CAS (Clean And Simple) cards, try dry embossing a small area of the card front. See how I used this technique to add texture to my Party Pandas CAS card, and then try it yourself!
A Little Texture, Please!
CAS (Clean And Simple) cards — are always so lovely! Because they incorporate lots of negative space, along with minimal layers and embellishments, CAS cards really showcase their focal points — the stamped images. Sometimes, though, the lack of texture in CAS cards can cause them to look a little flat. Dry embossing is one easy way to add some texture without cluttering up these lovely cards.
What is Dry Embossing?
Dry embossing is using a patterned embossing folder, along with an embossing/die cutting machine, to imprint texture on a piece of cardstock.
To do this, you put the cardstock inside the embossing folder…
…and then run it through the machine.
When finished, the cardstock then has raised texture in the same pattern as the embossing folder.
While you might normally use this technique on papers that you layer onto your cards, you can also dry emboss the card itself. This makes dry embossing the perfect technique for adding texture to CAS cards!
Using Dry Embossing on CAS Cards
The trick to keep dry embossing from cluttering up your CAS cards is using it sparingly. Instead of dry embossing the whole card, choose a small area of the card front to add texture to.
This could be a border along the top or bottom, or a panel along the side. You could even use an embossable die to create a shape or frame in the center of the card front.
Dry Embossed Party Pandas CAS Card
Today I’ve used dry embossing to add texture to a CAS card featuring the Party Pandas stamp set. (This is one of the sets you can get for free until March 31, 2018 with your qualifying Sale-A-Bration order!)
As you can see, I’ve added just a strip of texture along the top front, using the new Scattered Sequins embossing folder (Occasions 2018 catalogue).
To dry emboss just this area, I first opened the card, and then inserted the top couple inches of the card front into the embossing folder. So that it would fit into my Big-Shot machine, I also closed the card, with the back half around the outside of the folder. Then I just ran it through the machine, and voila — easy, non-cluttering texture!
Stepping Up Your Dry Embossing with Color
If you want to step up your dry embossing, try adding a little color to it. There are a few ways to add color to dry embossing, including:
- Inking your embossing folder before running it through your machine
- Coloring the finished dry embossing with markers, watercolors, or blender pens
- Heat embossing on top of the dry embossing
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that too much color can overwhelm a CAS card. So try just adding a few pops of it here and there instead.
For my card, I colored some of the dry embossed sequins with blender pens and ink from my pads.
TIP: Never ink a blender pen directly from an ink pad, as this will bleach out the pad. Instead, with your ink pad closed, press the lid down to pick up ink inside the lid from the pad. Then open the pad, and ink the blender pen from what’s in the lid.
Want to Make This Card?
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A small area of dry embossing (colored or plain) can add wonderful — but subtle — texture to your CAS (Clean And Simple) cards. Unlike busy designer paper, dry embossing still leaves plenty of lovely negative space on your cards. Naturally, that draws the eyes towards the most important part of your card: your stamped images.