10 Top Tips for Embossing

Stephanie WeightmanEmbossing is a great place to start if you’re new to the world of papercraft – as it adds a professional-look finish and is simple and quick to do. As an example, you can have fun making your own unique handmade greetings cards by easily adding texture and dimension (as pictured above.) To start, all you need is an embossing folder » and a die cutting machine ». For inspiration, I’ve compiled my top tips for embossing to help keen beginners and maybe even the more expert…

Plus, don’t forget to check out my own range of Tattered Lace Embossing Folders », too!


  1. If the pattern allows, use the design to emboss and de-boss by using the front or the back of the folder.
  2. Matt and layer up to three layers of coloured card ». Cut an aperture if preferred and emboss all together. The embossed pattern is continuous across all layers.
  3. Ink the inside of your embossing folder, whether it is on the front or the back and then emboss your card as usual to get some interesting effects.
  4. Use cardstock » with a white or coloured core and then sand gently with a sanding bloc to give a shabby chic or vintage texture.
  5. Choose elements of the design and cut around the embossed edge to create accent pieces for your projects.
  6. Just use the corner embossing folders on plain white cardstock with a sentiment in the centre for a contemporary minimalistic look.
  7. Use your border folders across the centre of the cardstock and colour with distress inks ».  This makes a great replacement for ribbon.
  8. Partially emboss one half of your cardstock using one folder, take out the cardstock and put the unembossed half into another folder, emboss again and you have two different textures on one piece.
  9. Stamp your embossing folder with a Versamark watermark ink pad », put your cardstock into the folder and emboss. Sprinkle the cardstock with embossing powder » in a colour of your choice. Remove the excess and then use a heat gun to give a glossy finish.
  10. Cut out tag shapes from different card stock and emboss with your different embossing folder designs. Punch a hole in the top and secure together using ribbon » or a book ring for quick and easy selection when choosing your designs!

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