How you ask?
By using MOLDING PASTE over templates or stencils!
You can get a wonderful, raised embossed image without using ink.
Here's a picture of a type of molding paste:
Here is the end result:
Basically all you do is dip an old expired credit card or flat sided spatula into the molding paste & apply it on top of the stencil. You should adhere your stencil down with removable adhesive to your piece of paper or project to help it stay secure. You do not want your stencil to move while you are applying it. Apply the paste in swiping motions to cover the whole image and get an even layer of molding paste all over the surface. Once you have covered your surface & filled the stencil openings, carefully lift your stencil and you will have a beautiful embossed/raised image.
After you are done I would suggest letting it cure or dry overnight to harden. Then if you want to distress it or paint it with acrylic paint you can do your altering after the dry time.
I like the simplicity of the one above.
Now make sure you come back tomorrow so you can see the latest "tool" that can help you achieve embossing looks using this method.