Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Secret Life of the Embossing Folder Revealed!

Hi, Everyone!  I'm Joy from the Tuesday Group.  While our fabulous Claudia is having a funtastic time in Fiji I have the privilege of sharing one of my favorite techniques...stamping with embossing folders!  Yes, you read that right.  Embossing folders are for more than just embossing.  Let's take a peek at the secret life of an embossing folder (EF).

Here I used the Honeycomb EF. I opened the folder and determined which side had the raised impression.  If you want a negative impression then ink the debossed side.  I chose to ink the raised pattern with some Early Espresso. Then I put the folder, ink side down, on the paper and use the  brayer to apply pressure.  When I lifted the EF I had a wonderful honeycomb stamped image that I can use for a project.

Posted by PicasaThe card I have for you today uses this technique.  First I used the Vintage Wallpaper EF with lovely Melon Mambo ink and "stamped" it onto Very Vanilla Cardstock and then repeated with Crumb Cake ink. Next up was the Honeycomb EF and Early Espresso.  I purposely applied uneven pressure with the brayer so it would be a partial image and give it a vintage feel.  Background done.  Now to put all the other elements together.  And here's the finished project-

 I love using EFs to create unique backgrounds.  I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into the secret life of the embossing folder.  Until next time...Happy Craftin'!

Supply List:
Paper-Early Espresso CS, Crumb Cake CS, Very Vanilla CS, First Edition Specialty DSP, Beau Chateau DSP (retired).
Ink-Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo
EF: Vintage Wallpaper, Honeycomb
Ribbon: Crochet Trim-Victoria, Linen Thread, Pretty in Pink 1.25" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (retired).
Punches: Ticket Duo Builder, Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly
Stamp Sets: Best of Butterflies, That's the Ticket
Accessories: Paper Doilies, Flower Trim, Crepe Filter Paper, Brushed Bronze Buttons



  1. Joy, this is a really nice technique. You've given yet another thing to remember! Great job on the card!

  2. This card is beautiful! Thanks for showin us a different way for using our EF!

  3. Very nice, Joy. Wonderful technique!

  4. I love that honeycomb vintage look on your project & thanks for going the extra step to photograph the steps you took to make it- great to see!

  5. Like Gwen said, a new technique. One that I will have to try. Loved the card. Thanks for filling in for Claudia as she struggles with life on Fiji. Oh, how sorry I feel for her. NOT! Hope she's having a great time. Dillie

  6. hey great idea....thanks for sharing.


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