This week's #tehniquethursday is one of my favourite techniques to adding instant interest in your card through texture. There are many tools out there for dry embossing and you can even do it by hand, but by far the easiest way is to use and embossing folder and a bigshot machine.
It's super easy to emboss once you have these tools. You just place the card you want to emboss inside the folder, then layer it up with the right bases and rolle it through your bigshot. In seconds - yes thats seconds, not minutes - you have fantastic textured card to use. The best thing about embossed card - you don't need to add a lot more elements. The embossing creates both texture which is interesting to the eye and also a great feeling when you run your hands over it.
I wanted to keep this card really simple so you could see the polka dot embossing on the blue card. I also wanted to make something simple that I could maybe use for a boys card. My natural style tends to be more girly so making guys cards is a bit of a stretch for me. I tend to use a lot of embossing (either stripes or polka dots) and really simple shapes. Ideally I'd have another few smaller stars to add to this card, but I don't have a smaller star punch. Which means I now have a need to shop :-)
If you haven't tried embossing I strongly recommend you give it a go. The bigshot is a big investment, but it's well worth it for all the flexibility you have of embossing and cutting. If you want to know how to make the most of it - stay tuned as I'm going to run some bigshot specific #techniquethursdays in March.