More embossing folder techniques for handmade cards

By | April 12, 2017

I’m continuing on with the theme of embossing folder techniques for handmade cards and I have some handmade cards that I created using embossing folders that I wanted to share.  Embossing folders are great for adding texture and interest to handmade cards.

The addition of color takes embossing folder techniques to a whole other level.  The color and texture adds a WOW factor to any card project.  (Check out the end of this blog post for links to other embossing folder technique articles on my blog.)


Here’s my first card.

Embossing Folders Ways to Use

Design Details:

  • I used the Fluttering Embossing Folder (139304) for the background on this card.  This is a watercolor embossing folder technique.  You MUST have watercolor paper (122959) to do this. Here’s how.  Ink the RAISED side of the embossing folder using a ink pad.  Then, using a Stampin’ Spritzer (126185) filled with water, spray some water onto the inked folder. (You will want the inked side of the folder to lay on a flat surface so the water doesn’t run too much.)  Quickly place your watercolor paper on top of the inked side of the folder and close.  Run through the Big Shot as usual.  Remove watercolor paper and let dry.
  • Other products used: Watercolor Wings stamp set (139424) and coordinating Butterflies Thinlits dies (137360); Happy Happenings stamp set (Wood 138734, Clear 139381); Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits (135707); Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon (141426)
  • Colors used on the butterfly: Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Tip Top Taupe.


My second project also uses an inked embossing folder, but with a much different result.

Techniques with Embossing Folders

Design Details:

  • Just like my first card, you must also ink the RAISED side of the embossing folder.  However, DO NOT spritz with water.  Add your cardstock into the folder, run through the Big Shot and you will have a textured piece that is inked.
  • This card would be a great one for a guy!! (And we all know how difficult those kind of cards are!)
  • Products Used: Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821); Stylized Birthday stamp (141828)
  • Color is Soft Suede.


My last card uses a technique I like to tell myself that I discovered.  But, I didn’t really discover it.  This technique has been around for a LONG TIME and I used it as a young child, just never with an embossing folder.  It is what I like to call the “crayon rubbing technique”.

Techniques with Embossing Folders

Design Details:

  • This embossing folder technique is really easy to do.  Simply place your cardstock over the raised side of the folder.  Use the side of a color pencil to “color” back and forth over the cardstock.  As you color, the raised areas become darker, transferring the design from the folder onto the paper.
  • Products Used: Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736); Lovely Lace embossing folder (133737); Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372); Layering Ovals Framelits (141706).
  • Color used was Rich Razzleberry.

I hope that you have enjoyed the embossing folder techniques I’ve shared here today.  None of the techniques is difficult, and you really don’t need any special tools for them.

If you’d like to check out my other posts about ways to use embossing folders, you can find them here:

Card Ideas Using Embossing Folder Techniques

Handmade Cards with Embossing Folder Techniques


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