Dry embossing with a stencil (A Simon Says Stamp Cheer and Joy Blog Hop)

Cathy ZielskeCards253 Comments

Today I’m happy to be sharing a clean and simple card project as part of the Cheer and Joy blog hop for Simon Says Stamp! And today’s card features a simple stencil and a bit of dry embossing, which is a fun way to get more use from a stencil.

The new Snowflakes stencil is full of wonderful snowflakes, just waiting to find their way onto your next project but one of my favorite ways to use a stencil is to run it through my die cut machine with my embossing pad to create an embossed image on my cardstock.

This is a card that looks so much better in person! I couldn’t get a great photo of the white on white. Maybe mama needs to retire her old camera body and hook up with a new one? We shall see!

Here is a video showing you how to do it:

Super easy and gives a great tone on tone texture to your projects!

Now… onto the blog hop details!

GET A FREE PIN! Be sure to use the code HPYML9 and Simon Says Stamp will pop a free mail box pin into your order while supplies last!

BLOG HOP: Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 gift certificate for every stop along the hop, chosen from the comments. So leave a comment today and be entered for a chance to win. Winers will be posted on the Simon Blog on Wednesday, October 16th. If you are a winner, you’ll email Simon to claim the prize.

This is a two-day blog hop! Here are the participants for Day 1:


Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Jennifer McGuire

Cathy Zielske—you are here!

Nina-Marie Trapani

Amy Rysavy

Suzy Plantamura

Lisa Addesa

Heather Ruwe

Gayatri Murali

Karin Åkesdotter

Barb Engler

Crystal Thompson

Marge Yoon

Lea Lawson

Betty Wright


Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Cathy ZielskeDry embossing with a stencil (A Simon Says Stamp Cheer and Joy Blog Hop)

253 Comments on “Dry embossing with a stencil (A Simon Says Stamp Cheer and Joy Blog Hop)”

  1. #5

    Hi Cathy – What an elegant card! Thanks for all you do. Your videos are always a relaxing treat full of great ideas.

  2. #10

    Oh my goodness! This is such a beautiful card! It literally took my breath away! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your CAS font and cards and this is just the ultimate combo of the two! Need to put all of these products in my cart now! Thank you for the inspiration! (Please keep on making more of your word dies in this font and with the shadows! I just LOVE them!!!)

  3. #13

    Another gorgeous clean and simple card – I love this, Cathy! I haven’t done much dry embossing with my stencils but I’m so excited to give it a try now. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. #14
    Teri S.

    This is such a great idea Cathy – it’s like getting a Christmas present early learning about this. I’m definitely going to make some cards now using this technique. This card is so lovely with the CAS style & the white on white with the touch of sparkling red. Thanks!

  5. #22
    Shraddha Tefft

    Love this clean and simple card! This stencil is definitely on my wish list after seeing your work!

  6. #30
    Leanne in Cali

    Love this clean and simple card! I love the red and white together. I haven’t tried dry embossing with stencils that way, will have to try your method. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. #31
    Mel H

    Gorgeous card Cathy! I love your products in this release. The tree background stamp is one of my favorites in this release.

  8. #41
    Dena Hughes

    Stunning CAS card! Thank you for the reminder to use stencils this way and such beautiful inspiration.

  9. #43
    Lisa Chin

    Looking at my stencils in a whole new way today!
    Thanks for the great idea and lovely inspiration card.

  10. #45
    Patricia Wilson

    Thank you for revisiting that technique where you can dry emboss with the stencils. So often we buy the stencils and only use them as stencils and this gives me more ways to utilize them.

  11. #46

    Thanks for the video, I better understand dry embossing, I’ll have to get one of those pads! I really love the the card, so pretty. I want the joyful die but so did everyone else, I’ll have to wait to place an order when its back in stock:) So cute!!

  12. #55

    Cathy, the words really stand out on the black, and the pop of sparkly red on the white card. It’s a beautiful clean card.

  13. #58
    Erica Marroquin

    Your cards and designs this release are amazing! I love the clean and simple which are great for mass-producing cards. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing!

  14. #61

    What an awesome way to make a subtle background! It’s pretty without overpowering the rest of the card! I love it and I can’t wait to try it out. YAY!!

  15. #63
    Gail Spresser

    I just love this white on white card with the Joyful done in a red glitter. Just gorgeous – Thank you!

  16. #66
    Teresa Doyle

    A very elegant card Cathy, beautifully done! (Love any tone on tone cards but white really amps it up!)

  17. #67
    Chandra Morrison

    A snowflake card just in time for the winter storm. Weather predicting via elegant cardsmanship!

  18. #69

    I love your design sense and style! Will be trying the dry emboss technique with snowflakes immediately!

  19. #71
    Wendy Little

    Beautiful joyful card. It’s simple but elegant at the same time. I sure enjoy watching your videos. Thanks for sharing.

  20. #76
    Deborah Cooper

    Beautiful card! I like the white on white look with the embossing of the snowflakes. Gorgeous!

  21. #79
    Sue D.

    Love the white-on-white, clean and simple design, with just the right touch of Christmas red. This card is a real beauty!

  22. #85
    Bienchen Mittwollen

    Love this technique! So easy yet so beautiful! Thank you for the amazing inspiration ❤️

  23. #95
    barbara lassiter

    This is beautiful and elegant! “Nuff “said! Oh! and I enjoy your fun videos! 🙂

  24. #97
    Susan McRae

    Lovely simple and elegant design! Thanks for sharing a video, I could watch you craft all day!

  25. #99
    Sue Symens

    Love the clean white with red sparkle. Did you get to see some of those pretty flakes outside???

  26. #103

    Great background you created with the stencil – wonderful way to use it! Love the simple elegance of your card!

  27. #105
    Karen Wade

    You always have the clean and simple cards that are so beautiful. I can spot a Zielske card a mile away!!

  28. #116
    Mary Myers

    Such a beautiful and elegant card-and it’s clean and simple, too!!! Perfect-I love it!!
    Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  29. #119
    Kayleen Burke

    How do you always stoke the right balance of just enough stuff to keep it from being overwhelming?
    Lovely card. Just lovely.

  30. #120
    Kayleen Burke

    How do you always strike the right balance of just enough stuff to keep it from being overwhelming?
    Lovely card. Just lovely.

  31. #121
    Jeanne Jenner

    Love your card design,I’ll have to try this. It’s so simple but elegant . Love you new stamps

  32. #127
    Carol B

    What great new products! I love seeing what everyone does with the new goodies, it gives us all some fun, new ideas.


  33. #130

    Thanks for the video. I purchased the Joyful die so that was nice to see and I didn’t know about this technique. Now I need more stencils.

  34. #139

    Thanks so much for the tip on making embossing from stencil….I have so many stencils and will definitely try this.

  35. #142
    Tina Richards

    What a talented artist you are. Thanks for inspiring us all with the products and cards you design.

  36. #146
    Ana G

    OM goodness Cathy Z, I cannot get enough of your cards. I love everything about this one. The simplicity, your classic trait, the white crisp backdrop for that beautiful sparkly christmas red, and my love of snowflakes that dates back to as far back as I can remember of my childhood. LOVE IT.

  37. #147
    Ana G

    Wow Cathy Z, I cannot get enough of your cards. I love everything about this one. The simplicity, your classic trait, the white crisp backdrop for that beautiful sparkly christmas red, and my love of snowflakes that dates back to as far back as I can remember of my childhood. LOVE IT.

  38. #172
    Catherine Mitchell

    LOVE your designs, Cathy! Thanks for the video explaining the dry emboss; can’t wait to try it!

  39. #173
    Mary Holshouser

    The red glitter on the JOY really makes
    it pop off the white-on-white.
    Beautiful card. thanks for sharing

  40. #174

    I really love this card! So simple and elegant! Thanks for the new (to me) technique, as well!

  41. #177
    Judy Inukai

    Beautiful card. I always forget about embossing with a stencil. Thanks for the great video and inspiraiton.

  42. #192
    Queen Mary

    Love that you worked in an old die set, it’s always great to be able to mix old supplies with new ones! Love the monochromatic look too!

  43. #193
    Karen Hale

    WOW, another new technique learned today. Embossing with my stencils is amazing and what a gorgeous backdrop for your holiday card. Love the pop of color with the red glitter paper. Thanks, Cathy.

  44. #196
    Denise Ward

    What a great card!! Love the clean lines and the fun effect achieved with the snowflakes!

  45. #198
    Nancee Purdum

    What a pretty card! Thanks for sharing the dry embossing with a stencil. I am certainly going to give this a try! What a great release from Simon Says Stamp!

  46. #201
    Sue Smith

    Cathy, your Clean and Simple card is fabulous. I usually make around 40 cards to send during the holiday season and so I am definitely going to ‘borrow’ your design for my cards this year. Beautiful card. TFS

  47. #202
    Holly Paplow

    I love the white snow flakes on white. I also like the red glitter on the joyful. Beautiful card!

  48. #207
    Denise Bryant

    Beautiful card! Love the snowflakes and the sentiment! Just the pop of red on your white card is such a pretty effect!

  49. #210

    I love ALL your cards and products you produce. You are at the top of my favorites to watch. Such a simplistic card to mass produce. LOVE it.

  50. #211
    Beth Williams

    Your card is so beautiful. The peaceful simplicity soothes my senses. You’re a blessing to us all.

  51. #213
    Melanie Allen

    Love it! I already purchased the joyful die so I’m going to give your card design a try!

  52. #215

    I had no idea what to do for my Christmas cards this year, other than I wanted to use snowflakes. This is just the inspiration I needed. It absolutely beautiful. Very classy!
    Thank you!

  53. #219
    Cindy Holmes

    Love how everything is white for the card and then you have the word Joyful done in red glitter cardstock!

  54. #227

    I love your card ! The stencils are really a great product. They give so many possibilities to play with and their price is very affordable.

  55. #228
    Cathy Morris

    I love this clean & simple card particularly with the “joyful” sentiment! This will be part of the cards i make this year for Christmas! Thanks for the inspiration!

  56. #229
    Laraine R

    Gorgeous card! I always forget to emboss the stencils! Love the white on white with a pop of color!

  57. #230
    Kathy McCluskey

    Cathy, your card is just so lovely and festive! I really love the white on white with that pop of red….so simple and yet so eye-catching!!

  58. #236
    Heidi Rees

    Beautiful card Cathy! So simple and elegant and festive! I love making Christmas cards! It’s so fun to send some Christmas cheer!

  59. #238
    Vicki Kroll

    The snowflake stencil creates a beautiful background for your card and I love the “Joyful” in red. It really pops.

  60. #240
    Jen Petersen

    I am so glad I watched your video! I had no idea you could use a stencil to dry emboss. Loved your beautiful card with the white on white! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us.

  61. #243
    Robin Buchholz

    What an elegant card! I love the pop of red against the detailed white background. Thanks for the inspiration.

  62. #252
    Deb Lepak

    I love your beautiful , clean Joyful die! I’m waiting for it to be back in stock. I also enjoy watching your process. Your careful and thoughtful movements give a lovely result!;)

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