By Fire Frog.

Stencil Embossing.

For stencil embossing you may need:

Heavy paper.

Card stock paper.

Stencil of brass/plastic etc

Embossing tool.

Paint brush.

Jar of water.

Light box/window.

Blue tack.


Cotton balls.


Put your paper on a flat and stable surface. Lightly wet the surface with the paintbrush. Pat paper to absorb any excess moisture and turn it over. Position your stencil and stick it with blue tack, tape, or pins. Turn over so that paper is on top of stencil. Place on light table or window.

Use the embossing tool or something similar (the reverse of the paintbrush might do if it is smooth and small enough) to apply pressure to the gaps in the stencil. Make pressure even and light at first. Beware pressing to hard and ripping the paper. When you have gone over the entire surface of the stencil. Unstick it and allow to dry before colouring.

Colour with watercolour using the drybrush technique or lightly applied texter or try the chalk method. Use the desired colour of chalk on a piece of paper. Scribble hard in the one spot, until excess powder is formed. Pat with a cotton bud and gently rub over the raised side of the embossing. You can place the stencil back over the embossing while you colour it, to make it easier to see.

See below for pictures of stencils.

Embossing Over Objects.

Embossing over objects you may need:

Thick paper

A blunt object for rubbing with.

Embossing tool for fine work.

Paint brush.

Jar of water.

Lace doily/coins/leaves.

Soft pencil.

Stable surface.

Lightly wet paper as before for a sharp edged result. This method is the same for creating rubbings, first we find a suitable object. Coins, doilies and leaves are the first things to mind, but there are other objects. Try embossing over a colander, glass engraving or a knitted jumper! These can make interesting background filler for a picture, especially if dry brushed over in bright colours.


Embossing Tin.

For embossing on tin you may need:

Thin tin/pop drink can.

Tin cutters.

A rubber stamp.

Stamping ink.

Embossing tools.

Cutting mat/tissues.

Due to the sharp edges of the tin, this is not recommended for children.

To use a pop drink can, first wash it out, then carefully cut off the top and bottom, then cut down the side, until you have a rectangle of tin. You can rub the printed side of the tin clean, or just use the inside.

Chose a design, either an existing one from a rubber stamp, or one you draw on yourself. Stamp on the design if using a stamp, a design with thick lines is best.

Now place your tin on a cutting mat or a layered bed of tissues, and use the embossing tool or a small blunt object to press out the outline of the picture. Use a light even pressure at first, you can go deeper later if you want.

Next decide which side of the tin looks best, sometimes it will surprise you! You can now gently polish then trim you're picture, or fill it in with glass stains to get some lovely colour effects.

Use tin pictures on cards, magnets or broaches.


Metal, plastic, hard plastic.

There are a large range of stencils available.


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