3 Different Ways to use Embossing Folders

In today’s post and video I’ll be showing projects that feature 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight dry embossed shapes.

I absolutely adore the added interest and dimension that dry embossing provides! So, playing with and showing different ways to use embossing folders is among my top favorite things to play with! In today’s post, you’ll see three variations of a project using the Pretty Flowers Embossing folder. You’ll also learn how to make a fun, multicolored bow. Read to the end of this post to find a resource for more embossing folder techniques.

This first card features the simplest method for highlighting dry embossed shapes!

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

For this card, I’ve simply created a tone-on-tone effect by applying Fresh Freesia ink to the same color of cardstock. A sponge dauber was used to apply to ink because its relatively small spongy surface allows you to apply ink in a more controlled way than with a tool with a larger surface. I can also angle my dauber to catch the edges of the raised areas more easily than with a larger sponge or Blending Brush.

The embossed (rather than the debossed) side of the cardstock was used here. In case you don’t know, the embossed side is the side of the cardstock with the larger images pushed up or out toward you. The debossed side has the larger images pushed in or down. You can use either side of your dry embossed piece for some very pretty results!

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

Some additional project details:

For my sentiment and the stamped images around it, I’ve used the Plentiful Plants Stamp Set and two dies from theSeasonal Labels Dies (Item #156299). I love how they layer one on top of each other perfectly. These dies will be available to purchase starting on 8/3/21 when the new mini-catalog goes live.

I used two ribbons for the bow you see in this card including the White Crinkled Seam Binding and the Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon. Now if you look closely at my bow you’ll see that there actually three colors of ribbon and none of them are white. So, here’s what I did to create this bow:

  • Start by cutting the Open Weave Ribbon down the middle to create two thinner pieces of ribbon.
  • Use a Dark Highland Heather Blends Alcohol Marker to color one of the two pieces.
  • Next color the White Crinkled Seam Binding using the Rich Razzleberry light and dark Blends Alcohol Markers to color the ribbon and create an ombre effect.
  • Lay the three ribbon pieces one on top of the other and attach the ribbons together on each end using mini binder clips. This just helps keep the ribbon in control while tieing your bow.
  • Holding the layered ribbon taut, create two loops and tie a bow. Use pencils in the “loops” to tighten and shape your bow.

To jump to the spot in my video where I share tips and details for tying this bow, click on the button below.

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

This second version of my card features the debossed side of my cardstock (the shapes are pressed down into the paper) and I’ve used White Craft Ink, instead of Fresh Freesia, for a very soft, subtle effect.

With the Fresh Freesia Ink added we get darker shades of the Fresh Freesia color, but with the added white the shades become lighter. In both cases, the dry embossed shapes show up more which is the result we’re looking for.

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

The bow here is made with two pieces of the White Crinkled Seam Binding only. In this case, I cut one of the crinkled seam binding pieces down the center, and colored one half with the Light Fresh Freesia Blends Alcohol Marker and the other half with the darkFresh Freesia Blends Alcohol Marker.

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

The last full-size piece of seam binding was colored just like on the first card.

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

For this version, I’ve used a different stamp for the images around the sentiment, and just like on the first card the sentiment is popped up on Dimensionals.

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

For my last and final version of my card, I’ve added White Craft ink to the embossed side of the cardstock and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

With the addition of the heat embossing, we get shiny raised white areas and a whole bunch of added texture and dimension to boot!

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

I did not use an embossing buddy on the cardstock ahead of time, so some of the embossing powder stuck to the recessed areas of the cardstock too. As you can see, there are some spots that are heat embossed on the cardstock without the craft white ink, so we’ve got some darker shades of Fresh Freesia on this piece as well.

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

Here are my three finished cards side by side. Do you have a favorite method or look? Please comment below and let me know!

I always love to know your thoughts and preferences!

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning these 3 different ways to use embossing folders with the Pretty Flowers folder and Plentiful Plants Stamp Set.

In today's post and video I'll be showing 3 different ways to use embossing folders to highlight the shapes for added interest and dimension.

Isn’t this embossing folder awesome?! I can’t seem to stop playing with it!

If you’d like to learn TEN additional, differentways to use embossing folders, and tons more, you may want to purchase the “After the Live” Maker’s Mojo Creative Escape package of electronic materials!

This online event includes 9 comprehensive written tutorials and 9 video presentations, shared by four Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. Some Event Highlights:

  • 31 project ideas
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Thanks for spending some time with me today and Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


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Project Dimensions:

  • Mossy Meadow Card Base: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Rich Razzleberry Card Body: 3-3/4″ x 11″
  • Blackberry Bliss Layer: 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Fresh Freesia Dry Embossed Piece: 3″ x 5-1/2″
  • White Inside Piece: 3-1/2″ x 5-1/4″

Project Supplies:

The Seasonal Labels Dies (Item #156299) will be available on 8/3/21 when the New MiniCatalog goes live!



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