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Technique Tuesday – Using an Embossing Folder to “Stamp”

I really love the patterns in our collection of Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (US/CAN). I was curious to play around with them to see what looks I could achieve by adding ink. Some of my results were better than others. I wanted to share my successes and some tips.

I used the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the first card I created. I gently dabbed VersaMark ink to the raised surface of the hexagon outlines. Don’t use too much pressure—just gently tap the pad onto the raised surface. Next, insert paper into the folder, then carefully close the folder. (Any shifting of the paper can smear the ink, so it is important to do this step very carefully.) Using either a Bone Folder or a Brayer, apply pressure across the embossing folder. Hold one end while you do this step to keep the paper from moving. Carefully open the folder. (On this card, I used Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.) Remove excess powder before melting it with a Heat Tool.  

The next card I created using two different embossing folders. Using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, I added small white dots to the card base using Whisper White Craft ink. I also added a little faux stitch to the tag with the Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Bermuda Bay ink.

Since the folders are clear, it’s easy to see when ink has been applied to other areas of the folder. Carefully wipe off excess ink before inserting paper into the folder.

I made the last project a little bit differently. I added ink to the raised surface of the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder before running it through the Big Shot. I used a brand new In Color—Strawberry Slush—for my ink and cardstock.  I really like the subtle variation in color created by tone-on-tone stamping.

Cleaning up the inked embossing folders is a breeze. I simply ran them under some water in the sink and dried them with a paper towel.

Although this technique can be a little tricky, I love finding new uses for tools I already have. So go ink up your embossing folders and have some fun!

Have you done any “stamping” with embossing folders? Tell us about it in the space below!

Jen C.,
Concept Artist


  • Louise Dahlgren

    Aug 24

    Can I use any ink and run it through my Cuttlebug? Should I stay clear of Staz On and Memento when doing this?

  • Debbie

    Aug 24

    I wish there was a list of additional techniques ON the Product!

  • Holly Endress

    Aug 24

    What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing..

  • Carola Bolton

    Aug 24

    very clever, I enjoyed your tutorial. Thank you for sharing...

  • Beata Fiebelkorn

    Aug 24

    I've been wanting to try this technique a long time, thanks for the inspiration! I also can't wait to get the chevron embossing folder and chevron stamp and create my own patterned paper!

  • Sandy Ridge

    Aug 24

    Good ideas!

  • Christine

    Aug 24

    I love this, can't wait to try it !!

  • Lisa

    Aug 24

    I always wanted to try this and now I feel I can. I need 'pictures' and your blog post helped. Thanks!!