dry wmbossing with filigrees tutorial

Tutorial of the Week: Dry Embossing with Metal Filigrees

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I’ve been feeling a little under the weather this week (well, actually…alot under the weather), so I have a very quick tutorial for you today.  I thought we would do something a little different and use our metal filigrees as a tool instead of an embellishment by dry embossing with them 🙂


  • metal filigrees
  • embossing machine with cutting plates
  • Spellbinders rubber embossing mats
  • paper
  • ink pads

Method #1 – Dry Emboss

You’ve probably already used embossing folders for adding texture to a background for your cards or layouts, but have you ever thought of using your ButterBeeScraps filigrees?  This is a great way to achieve a different look, or if you’re in a pinch to create a card and are running low on metal bits.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure of the sandwich you need to use for the different embossing machines on the market, but for my Big Shot I stacked:

  1. the cutting platform (with tabs 1 and 2 flipped out of the way),
  2. one cutting plate,
  3. two Spellbinders rubber embossing mats,
  4. paper to be embossed,
  5. metal filigree (faced down…I used #808-B), and
  6. second cutting plate.

dry wmbossing with filigrees tutorial

After running the paper through your die cutting machine, you can leave the raised embossed image as is, or opt to bring out the design by adding ink over the raised embossing.  This is the effect that’s achieved by using a blending tool with distress ink:

dry wmbossing with filigrees tutorial

If you’d like a bit more definition, you can add the ink direct from the ink pad like I did here:

dry wmbossing with filigrees tutorial

Method #2 – Letterpress

Another option would be to highlight the debossed design, and use your metal filigree as a letterpress plate.  The first thing you need to do is add ink to your filigree (I used #941-B):

dry wmbossing with filigrees tutorial

I used archival Ink because I wanted something more permanent and I found that I get a richer color than with the distress ink.

Now, create the same sandwich as in Method #1 above with the inked side of your filigree facing down onto the paper.  You do have to be careful not to move the filigree around on your paper, or you may end up with ink in places you don’t want.  Here’s a look at my letterpress image:

dry wmbossing with filigrees tutorial

Well, that’s it for this week’s tutorial.  I hope you found some inspiration to create and try something new.  Cheers and I hope you have a great weekend!

Reader Interactions


  1. Joey says

    WOW…that is amazing and your amazing too. Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely be looking at all my embellishments with a new eye thanks to you. 🙂

  2. Kathleen Brown says

    Thank you for sharing this super technique with us. I look forward to trying it out. Get well quickly. 🙂

  3. Sue Frederickson says

    sorry to hear you are under the weather. Hope you feel better soon. Thanks so much for sharing your technique on using the metal filagrees for embossing. I look forward to trying it out with my latest purchases.

  4. Leslie Miller says

    Wow, that is genius. It never occurred to me I could do that. Thank you for sharing it. I have a crop this month and I will be showing this technique for sure! Feel better!