It’s easy to add color to embossing folders with sponges. I love quick and easy cardmaking techniques and this one certainly fits that criteria!! Plus, it gives you an additional way to use embossing folders you probably already own, and I always like to find more ways to use tools I’ve invested in.
This technique is a great way to make the embossed cardstock on your project stand out. Each sponged embossed piece will turn out differently and the color combination ideas are endless.
September’s here so I chose a fall theme for today’s cards. The background on each card was made in the exact same manner. The only difference was which side of the embossing folder I sponged with ink. I used the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141493) on both my cards.
Here’s my first card.
- You can really see the sponged embossed background on this clean and simple birthday card. Doesn’t the sponging add a whole new dimension to the embossing?
- The “line” side of the embossing folder was inked to get this look. You can tell this because the petals are recessed. (This is the side WITH Sizzix and the Stampin’ Up! logo.)
- I used a really light hand when adding the ink to the folder. If you want a darker look, you would add more ink. Experiment to find the look you want.
- Sentiment on this card is from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).
Here’s the second card, and you can see how different the background looks.
- The “flat” side of the embossing folder was inked to create this background. You can tell because the petals “pop” up from the background. (This is the side WITHOUT Sizzix and the Stampin’ Up! logo.)
- The ink transfers to the paper a bit darker when using this side of the embossing folder.
- Stamps used: Rose Wonder (140697); Flower Shop (Wood 130939, Clear 130942)
Here are some more tips to use when you add color to embossing folders with sponges.
- Use several colors that will blend well together and apply them randomly without overlapping. TIP: I use one Sponge piece (cut into wedges like a pie) or one Sponge Dauber for each color. I label my sponges so I know which colors are which.
- You’ll need to clean your folder between inking each piece of cardstock. Otherwise, you will contaminate your ink pads with the wrong colors.
- TIP: The fastest and easiest way I’ve found to clean folders is to simply rinse them under tap water and blot dry with a towel.
Last spring I shared a series of blog posts on different ways to use embossing folders in your cardmaking. Check it out. At the end of the post, I have links to the other embossing folder technique posts in the series.
I hope have enjoyed learning how to add color to embossing folders with sponges.