Friday, May 3, 2013

Embossed 3-d Graduation table greeting

Is it a herd of horses proclaiming Graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even a special birthday?  These three dimensional table greetings are always a welcome surprise for the recipient.  I used horses but there are all sorts of pre-cut animals, people and shapes that you can use to create a one of a kind table greeting. 

Note:  I emboss on a piece of cardboard that has a lip around the edge making it easier to replace the unused embossing powder back in the jar.  Alternately you can shake the embossing powder on top of a piece of paper that you can fold a corner to replace it back in the jar.

You will need:

Pre-cut cardboard horses (They come with 12 in a package in craft stores) There are many styles to choose from and you can also use other shapes or animals

Embossing stamp pad

Black embossing powder

Embossing heat gun

(3) ½” width wooden bead for each 3-D horse, animal, or shape (For larger shapes you will need bigger bead)

Stamp with appropriate greeting or words (ex: birthday, thinking of you, graduation, etc.)

Scrap cardboard to work on

Glue gun and glue sticks

  1.   Working on a piece of cardboard or paper, load your stamp on the embossing stamp pad.  Stamp the image horizontally across the shape.  Tap off any excess embossing powder and replace in the jar.

2.    Place the prepared shape on a piece of cardboard and using the embossing heat gun, emboss the entire piece. Note: Be careful when embossing, embossing guns are extremely hot!!


3.      Turn the other piece to the opposite side so that they line up. When you put them together the embossed sides should be facing the outside.  Repeat the stamping and embossing on the second shape.

4.   After you have embossed both pieces turn one over on the un-embossed side and with a glue gun attach a three beads, spacing around the shape.  (See photo)

Side view with both pieces attached

5.   Immediately add some hot glue to the beads themselves, and place the second embossed shape on top making sure they line up.  The figure will stand. (See photo)


  1. I have never made anything even remotely like this and I need to think of someone who I can make a card for.

  2. really neat idea! thanks for sharing! looks like you have a variety of cool looking stuff on this site, I'm going to follow!

  3. Fantastic!!! Do you dream of these things Crystal?

  4. Wow, what a great idea! I always see those cut outs and never know what to do with so many of them. Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  5. Love these! How clever. thanks for the inspiration, very cool. Found you and Bewitch Me and Titi link party. Come share this on our Tuesday's Brag About It link party. Hope to see you soon. Wonderful wonderful blog.

    All the best ~ Sharon and Denise @BeBetsy

  6. How clever. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is an awesome project! I love the horse.

    Thanks so much for linking this up to the Pinworthy Projects Party!

  8. Amazing idea!Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  9. What a fun and creative e idea! So pinning this
    Happy mothers day!!..… :)

    hugs xx
    Crystelle Boutique

  10. So adorable and crafty! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  11. These looks great!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!


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