Saturday 15 June 2013

Create magic with embossing folders!!

Hi friends!

I know I had disappeared from the blog world  for a while, all thanks to my sprained wrist and fluctuating energy levels.I haven't touched my craft supplies for a long, long time, which is not common. Anyway I hope all of you are doing well. :)

I'm here to share some information on embossing folders that might be useful to you.

I am sure all of you are aware of embossing folders and the way they work.

I have browsed a lot and selected few techniques that are easy (for me :p).

Shall we get started now? :)

1. The first technique is just embossing... The card here will give you an idea of what an embossed paper/ CS will look like..

2. Have you ever tried inking up your embossing folders? Well... you must if you haven't . Ink your folder with distress inks, spray some water and you will be amazed with the result...

Note- You must ink the smoother side of the folder. You will know what I mean if you own an embossing folder. Also, spraying water is very necessary for the ink to spread.

Here is the outcome. Doesn't look pretty? I have used mustard seed, tumbled glass and shabby shutters for this one.

For this card, I have used only worn lipstick distress ink.

3. Stamping the 'smooth side' of your embossing folder is another fun thing to do. I came across this technique by the name 'kissing technique' on IBS blog. Gave it a try now... 

This is what you have got to do....

Stamp the smooth side of your folder with a BG stamp (or any stamp if you want to try) and emboss your CS as usual. You will see that you have a nice BG all around your embossed design.

Check out the tutorial on IBS blog here.

It's so easy. Here is the outcome.

What do you think?

4. Here is something crazy that I tried. Haven't seen anywhere but I'm sure I'm not the first one to try this.

Just like in the above kissing technique, I have stamped the smooth side of my embossing folder with a BG stamp, but with versamark water mark ink this time. Run throught your CB or Big shot pr any other die cutting or embossing machine. After embossing, immediately cover the entire design with embossing powder and heat emboss. 

It hasn't come out perfect but with practice, guess I will get better.

5. This is easy. emboss and highlight the desired part of your embossed image with a white gel pen. I have outlined the whole image for fun! :) You can do whatever you want. There is no right and wrong when it comes to creativity, don't you agree? :)

6. Next is partial embossing. It's really very easy and I love the result.  

Run the embossing folder only part way (not all the way through your machine) and then rotate the handle of your machine in anti clock wise direction to get out your folder. Oh no! I'm not good at explaining! :(

 you will understand when you see the pictures...

I left space for sentiment and embossed the rest...

7. You can emboss various kinds of paper in with embossing folders, also fabric. I tried embossing vellum and WOW! embossed vellum is sooo pretty. See it for yourself.

8. Next is water coloring the embossed design. For this I inked up the folder (smooth side) with worn lipstick distress ink and later after it dried, colored the flowers and everything else with water color pencils.

It's pretty, isn't it? :)

Well... that's it for now.

Here is the LINK you might want to check out. It's from here that I got my inspiration. There are also many videos that will help you use your folders in a better way.

If I find time, I'll definitely make another post on embossing folders.

Supplies used-
Cuttle bug embossing folders.
Versamark water mark ink pad
Distress inks- worn lipstick, mustard seed, shabby shutters, tumbled glass
Hero Arts year round sentiments. (If you want this set, contact Shalini, she will surely be able to help you get it.). There is a huge stock of HA stamps in our store. You must chem them out.
Silver embossing powder. You can get embossing powders in colours... click here for info.
Mulberry flowers- Keep your eyes open for a whole new range of flowers...:)

If you have any questions regarding techniques shown above, leave me a comment and I'll be happy to answer.

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Hope to see you soon! Bye! Take care...



  1. Wow !! The cards are STUNNING ...ELEGANT ...FABULOUS !! Loved knowing more about embossing.Thanks !

  2. Its a fabulous post Sindhu loved getting to know so many different uses of the embossing folders and techniques and all your cards look simply Beautiful :) ...Thank you so much for sharing :)

  3. Great post Sindhu.Very informative.I love embossing in vellum too.Looks gorgeous.

  4. Very nice techniques with embossing folders Sindu..thanks for sharing !!

    1. Thanks for your kind words Poornima! Do try these...they are so much fun!

  5. Lovely Sindhu... nice to c all d techniques in one place.. Thq so much for sharing..

  6. ah..this is very informative..well written :)
    thanks a ton


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