Dymo Label Maker {C’est Bon} …includes embossed vellum tutorial

The Dymo Label Maker has been around a very long time, the Fifties to be precise. I remember my Dad owning a very basic model in the 70’s (yes, I can remember most of the 70’s LOL) that he used for labelling electrical paraphenilia on the job. I thought it was the coolest thing and was always trying to get permission to label things. Since then the label maker has gone through many changes. Electronic Models are now available and I’ve had fun playing with all the new options on those too at the office when I go visit. You can now change the fonts, colors, type size etc. and I’ve actually labelled quite a few Iris carts stuffed with craft supplies or toys to hopefully keep things where they belong.


When I saw this classic style label maker at Michael’s over a year ago, I just had to buy it! It was so inexpensive and I still haven’t used up all the label tape that comes with it. I love the classic or retro look you get with it. It has a bit of an edgy or industrial feel to it, making it perfect for use on masculine or teen designs. The tapes are very sturdy and weather proof and come backed with a very strong adhesive. Easily found refills come in black, red or blue. The way the label tapes work is by hand pressure. The applied pressure presses the die into the label tape and embosses it. The raised lettering is always white because of the embossing process.

The Dymo Label Maker is extremely easy to use. You may need to hide it from your kids if you don’t want to run out of labels. 🙂 Simply turn the dial to the character you wish to print and press firmly on the handle. It atomatically clicks ahead to the next space….just turn the dial again and click. There are spaces you can click on to leave a space between words, as well as punctuation marks and numerals. A lot of stamp sets do not include numbers and I love having this to fall back on if you want to personalize a birthday with a child’s age or an adult’s milestone birthday.

Some examples from my blogto find the instructions for these cards, just enter Dymo in my search box in my sidebar.


Use Dymo Labels…

  • to organize and label your craft products
  • as an accent
  • to write the perfect sentiment
  • as a border
  • use small strips for journalling
  • try fun phrases License Plate or Computer shorthand style to add a cool touch  {URAQT} for example
  • When journalling, print or computer generate your paragraph and highlight certain words by inserting a label printed word. Make sure you plan ahead and leave enough space for this
  • run vellum through it…see below tutorial

Embossed Vellum Tutorial


A very cool idea I disovered last year is that you can emboss vellum in your label maker. I just love the look…still fun but with a fresh new look and better suited for softer looking projects. Doing this is simple….you only need one supply, Vellum cardstock. You do need the heavier weight of cardstock vellum for this, as the lighter vellum just does not feed well through the label maker.


I use the Stampin Up cardstock vellum for this technique. It seems to be the perfect weight. Simply cut your vellum the long way with your paper trimmer to just under 3/8″ wide. Open the back of your label maker and remove the label tape. Carefully finsert the vellum strip into the feed. Press lightly on the vellum and click the handle until the vellum grabs and is pulled through. To get the right pressure needed to emboss the vellum may take a little more practice than just using labels. I suggest running a practice strip all the way through first until you get the hang of it. Too little pressure won’t emboss the vellum enough to read well and too much pressure will actually tear the vellum…not the look you are going for! 🙂


Quick Tip: The vellum can be a little more difficult to cut with the label maker. You may need click it forward until you are able to trim off with scissors.

Little Lady Birthday Card (for close-up, click on card)


I was excited to finally get my new Papertrey Ink sets in the mail on Friday. It seems they got caught in Customs at the border…the joys of living in Canada! This is the sweetest set (Little Lady) and I just love it! For the main image, I inked up my new Ladybug with Rose Red ink and stamped it onto SU Shimmery White cardstock. I then inked up the second dotted stamp and stamped it over with basic black ink. After stamping the trail, sentiment and the little antenna, I matted the image with Rose Red.

For the main part of the card design, I created a 5″ square card base with Whisper White cardstock. I then layered on the darling pre-glittered, patterned paper from Provocraft. I don’t think the camera picked up the fun glitter on this paper, but it is so pretty in person. The layer was once again matted with Rose Red cardstock. I then lined up where my main image would go and then stamped the remainer of the trail across the layers of the card. I loved how easy it was to do this with the clear stamps.

For finishing embellishments, I punched the image layer and tied on a red dotted organdy ribbon. The color and the dots seem to go so well with the image. Lastly we come to the vellum punched label strip. I punched out Happy Day, leaving enough vellum on either side for attaching to the design.

Supply List:

Cardstock: Whisper White, cardstock Vellum, Rose Red, Shimmery White – Stampin Up

Patterned paper: Provocraft

Stamps: Little Lady – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Basic Black, Rose Red – Stampin Up

Other: Dymo Label Maker: ribbon – Michael’s, brad, punch

Each week I write a {C’est Bon} article about things that I like, products I love to use, good things I want to share with you. All {C’est Bon} articles are my own opinion and I am in no way affiliated with any company featured in this article.

35 responses to “Dymo Label Maker {C’est Bon} …includes embossed vellum tutorial

  1. Great article, J! I need to dust off my label maker, too. I always forget about it! Cool use with the vellum, and super cute card!!

  2. Love the idea of running vellum through the label maker! Great idea, J!

  3. Thanks for this! I have one of these labelmakers as well, and havent used it as much as I intended. I love the vellum idea! (cardstock works too- with practice!)

  4. Thanks for showing us the cool tool. Love the vellum touch!

  5. Oh my goodness, thank you SO MUCH for the tip! I just recently grabbed the same label maker at CVS ’cause I thought it would make for some quirky sentiments to add to cards… and the vellum is such an awesome twist… thanks!

  6. What a fun toy you have! I have one SOMEWHERE…lol. SUCH a super cute card too! 😀

  7. Hmmmm…you might have just sold me on the label maker. I remember the older ones that weren’t this cute and it seemed like the labels wanted to peel off easily. I should have known they’ve improved since then. Looks like it would be fun to play with. I love the vellum idea, and the card you made is just so adorable and perky! I need to remind myself to use more red… Thanks, Julia!

  8. This is too funny! Alittle bit ago I was trying to load my childhood (70’s era) dymo label maker and was having problems. I told DH that I would really like a new one but couldn’t justify it since the current one works. I think you sold me on a new model. =) The space and easier loading would make it worth it!


  9. What a pretty card! I love my label maker…use it a lot!

  10. Thank-you so much for the neat tip. I use by manual Dymo frequently in crafting but now I have something new to give a try. You’re right, I have to keep both my manual and electric Dymo’s hidden from my daughter- but I can’t blame her, it’s too fun to use! I love the Little Lady card. The colors are beautiful, I’ve been enjoying vivid reds and light blues lately.

  11. Bonnie aka raduse

    I’ve got one of these and just don’t seem to use it enough. Thanks for the great idea about using the vellum with it. I will definitely have to try that.

  12. wow! this is a great idea!

  13. Oh, what a fabulous idea. I wonder if my label maker is findable.

  14. I bought one a while ago too…wonder if I can find it in the mess that is my stamp area! This is a great alternative when you can’t find the right greeting on a stamp!

  15. Great tutorial on the label maker! Love the Ladybug card!

  16. I have a dymo labeler too and it was sitting in a drawer neglected until I saw your awesome cards and was inspired to break it out and use it again. I didn’t know they made clear tape for it–how cool! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for that. I really love the lady bug card you created!

  17. Well, now I went back and read the WHOLE post with your idea to use vellum. How awesome! Thanks for the head’s up. My brain was in shut down mode last night so I was just mostly gawking at your beautiful cards. 🙂 I can’t wait to get my hands on some good vellum so I can try this out!

  18. Thanks for the great tip! I will have to try that in my Dymo. And I love the card you used it on. Way too cute!

  19. That’s great information about the label maker, I used one for keychains when my parents had a dry cleaning store in 1964! It sure looked different, but the customers were happy to get the little gift. I would never think to run vellum through one! Very cute card, TFS.

  20. Thanks! I love to use vellum on my cards. I’m sure going to try these vellum labels.

  21. Linda (LSN on SCS)

    Great article Julia! I just saw one at Joann’s the other day. Will definately have to get one now. I love your card too! It’s too funny, I just picked up some of the same patterned paper for myself. It really is pretty!


  22. Great article! Last summer I found my dymo label maker from 1972 buried in a drawer in our lakehouse in NH. I am sure my mother was disappointed that I was more extied about that than an antique dish belonging to my great Aunt Blanche

    Now time to get embossing


  23. dear sir/mam

    i found this thing preety interesting………

    but from wer can i get this.i mean if i wana buy this thing

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  25. where did you get this i know you got it at michels but do you still think they’ll have them? and 1 more question, how much did it cost? please email me back at littlesquirt97@yahoo.com!!

  26. Dymo also makes a metal tape (both sticky backed and plain) that looks very cool when embossed. You can get it from their website, but the best deal I found was at http://www.discountofficeitems.com. I’ve also had a lot of fun with their electronic labelmaker, the LetraTag. There is a clear plastic tape, magnetic tape, and iron-on fabric tape, so I’ve been ‘writing’ on everything in sight.

  27. Fantastic Tip. I can`t wait to try this in my label maker. Absolute brilliance! Thanks so much! :O)

  28. I know this is an old thread but just discovered I can run thin metal through my Dymo too! Use the same way as the vellum by cutting into strips and sticking to a backing strip if it’s too thin to feed through. I purchased flashing tape from the builders section of the hardware store and it works great!

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