Take your projects to a new level by learning a technique called embossing. Embossing is a technique used to create a raised, or 3-dimensional, image on a piece of paper. You can emboss store-bought stationery or cards, or you can make your own from card stock.
Martha Stewart Living, November 2006
Embossing powder, a fast melting powder compound, must be used when embossing -- not just any glitter or decorating powder will do. Embossing powder comes in nearly every color imaginable; opaque, metallic, and even translucent varieties are available.