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Background check – faux embossed look using die cut words

Hello there! Are you ready for the next episode of #vsbackgroundcheck ? Well, today’s idea is slightly on the advanced side, but don’t worry. It’s easy once you understand how it is done… :-)

The idea is to adhere several die cut words (or even die cut shapes) over and over, ideally using the same color as the background, to create a faux embossed look. Like I did with this card:

background check - faux embossed

Die cutting

  1. I started by die cutting the word ‘love’ from Neenah gray cardstock. I cut out 7 of them.

  2. Then I cut a panel from the same cardstock using SSS stitched rectangle die. From my panel, I also cut out one more “love” word, which probably I need not have, because I added foam die cut on top anyways. But oh well :-)

  3. I also die cut same word two more times – one from silver cardstock and another from fun foam.

Assembling the card

Then I started working on my rectangle panel and adhered the word love over and over. I started with the one next to where I wanted by focal point. From there, I adhered the words next to each other, kinda randomly.

Once all the words were adhered, I turned the panel over and trimmed off the excess pieces / letters from the sides. I also used MISTI and stamped the words “Sending you” near to my focal point area.

Next I adhered the panel to a fun foam rectangle. I had die cut the word from my panel itself, so I needed a base to attach my focal point. The fun foam panel provided this base as well as helped give a consistent raised level to the entire panel.

For my focal point, I attached my silver cardstock word to the fun foam word and added these two the main panel. On top of the letter ‘o’, I attached a gold heart for a fun look. I also added the small negative pieces like the inside part of ‘o’ to this focal point. A flower sticker from my stash, a couple punched out leaves and two enamel dots completed this card.

background check - faux embossed


  1. Here I used a word and adhered it multiple times. The same can be done with die cut shapes too. Leaves or feathers for example, could work great. Even coffee / tea cups.

  2. Instead of covering the entire front panel, doing it partially and covering only one side / corner would look good too.

Supplies list

I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!


This month onwards, I am hosting giveaways! To win a $20 gift card to a craft store of your choice, leave a comment here by 11:59pm CST on 2/28/2017. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and emailed after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Some more project photos, so you can pin these and come to it later. I’d love it, if you pinned and dropped by on Pinterest

faux embossed 1

Big thank you and warm hugs! ~Varada

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