Stampin’ Up Embossing Folder Techniques

By | July 8, 2015

My technique class was last night and I decided this month to work with embossing folders. When I started gathering ideas for this class, it became obvious that I could really do quite a few classes on this – the possibilities are endless but here are just three featuring some of our latest products. Firstly, I found a technique on UK demo Amanda Fowler’s page here that she called double reverse embossing.  Not every folder is suitable for it, but the polka dot one is perfect – take a look.

Stampin Up POlka Dot Embossing Greeting Thinlits-001 Emboss your cardstock once, then line it up carefully, with the second pass of dots in between the first pass and run it through again.  This will partially depress your first set and your second set are more raised – isn’t the effect fab? I’ve then used Everyday Chic DSP and my new favourite thinlits, the Greetings Thinlits.  They are in a pack of three and have Thanis, Hello and Cheers.  I’ve added one Thanks in red and haloed it (not sure that’s a word!!) in white.  A little dash of real red ribbon and some rounded corners and ta-dah! Next up is another favourite of mine – yes, all my new sets are my favourites!!  Awesomely Artistic – fabulous set – can make you feel like a real artist as the name suggests – an awesome artist at that!! I wanted to recreate the look of the stone used in the houses where I live.  I live in the Cotswolds in South West of England and the stones are indeed this colour.  Here is my card.

StampinUp Awesomely Artistic Brick Wall-001

I tried various combinations to get the colour right – firstly starting with So Saffron cardstock, but the effect was much too yellow. So I settled on Naturals Ivory and sponged a mixture of So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.  My ferns are Garden Green but I made a second card with Always Artichoke which I much prefer. I stamped my flowers in Early Espresso and used a blender pen and Rich Razzleberry to colour the petals and just an Old Olive marker for the leaves as I knew the ladies would want to get home at some point that night! It is mounted first on Early Espresso, embellished with Early Espresso seam binding ribbon and then mounted on a base of Rich Razzleberry.   Sometimes, I think the design of a card is enough without a sentiment – you could add one inside once you decide what you are going to use the card for.


My final card shows how you can use an embossing folder as a stamp.

StampinUp Honeycomb Embossing Garden in Bloom-001

Simply wipe your ink pad across the part of the embossing folder that you wish to see as a pattern.  If you wish to recreate the effect that I have, you would ink the raised outline, though you could also ink the opposite side which would be the raised hexagons for the opposite effect.  I didn’t ink the entire folder as I wanted to leave a space for my bee and my sentiment. My bee comes from Garden in Bloom as does the sentiment which I have stamped in Memento black ink on Very Vanilla mounted first on Tip Top Taupe and then Delightful Dijon.

I’ve used our new Cotton paper to create the flower.  I punched four Crushed Curry flowers using the Pansy Punch and the centre in Watermelon Wonder with the Petite Petals – my leaves are simply another Pansy Punch in Cucumber Crush.

I hope I have given you some inspiration for your own crafting projects. Here are all the products used in today’s cards – I’ll put them in order of the cards so it’s easier for you to shop 😉

Use this hostess code AUTETQD3 at check-out for orders under £150 to receive a little something in the post from me. Don’t forget to check out our Weekly Deals and the Clearance rack when you are in my shop.  If you are inspired to try embossing, as I write this, our Texture Boutique Embossing Machine is half price at £13.49  – what a bargain!

Until next time, happy crafting



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11 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up Embossing Folder Techniques

  1. Susan Miller

    Great inspiration! Thanks for sharing. Demonsrator Susan in Aberdeen, MD.

  2. Peg Foltz

    Absolutely love the flowers with the brick. Changed my version up to use Tangelo Twist with the new 5/8″ Striped Cotton Ribbon, and it is fabulous. Thanks for the tips on the shading – I wasn’t sure how to achieve that!

    1. Eimear Post author

      That sounds lovely, amazing how a slight change in colour can totally change a project. Delighted I inspired you to try it, the brick wall EF is fab and the flowers work so well with it.

  3. joyfuljan

    I enjoyed seeing all the cards but absolutely loved the brick folder with the flowers. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Eimear Post author

      Thank you so much. I must admit, the brick was embossing folder was the first thing I spotted in the catalogue and went straight on my first order!

      1. Corinna Bonk

        I am going to order it today – but I’m curious… Did you stamp first and emboss after…. or the opposite? I imagine it’s hard to stamp on it after it’s embossed so I wanted to know which order you did it in. Thanks!

        1. Eimear Post author

          You’re right, Corinna. I stamped first and embossed after. Otherwise the ‘mortar’ areas of the bricks are left without an image. In some cases though, that can add to the effect but I didn’t like it for this card.

          1. Cindy Bolt

            Thank you for sharing your cards…they are beautiful. I’m also curious about the brick embossed card. Am I correct in assuming that you applied the colors to the brick after it was embossed? I’m so afraid I would apply too much color over the ferns and flowers. Thank you!

          2. Eimear Post author

            Yes I did. However, I sponged before I coloured in the flowers. If you look closely, you can see around the flowers there is very little colour on the bricks – it is cleverly disguised though!

  4. RitaR

    These are all great embossing techniques …. many thanks for sharing! I especially love your beautiful card featuring the brick wall and the Awesomely Artistic images!

    1. Eimear Post author

      Thank you so much Rita for your kind words, I really appreciate your comments. Awesomely Artistic is such a great set, I love it!


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