How to Jazz Up Your Cards With Embossing Folders

Posted by Jennifer Snyder

Embossing folders are a fun way to add texture and detail to cards. When color is introduced to embossing, the results are exquisite.

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Blitsy offers so many amazing embossing folders. Embossing folders are a fun way to add texture and detail to cards. When color is introduced to embossing, the results are exquisite.

I'm here to show you a few techniques to make your embossing stand out and be remarkable.

I am going to walk you through my card making process, show you how to add color to embossing and then provide you with ideas for embellishing to finish off that perfect, unique and customized card.

Here are the Products Used

Simple Stories Paper- Claus & Company Basic Kit

Martha Stewart Pine Punch

Simple Stories Claus & Co. Washi Paper Tape

Simple Stories Claus & Co. Wood Veneer Shapes

Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue - Lime Green

Simple Stories Claus & Co. 12" x 12" Collection Kit

Couture Creations - 5x7 Embossing Folder - Fancy Tree

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Ranger Blending Tool or This one

Hemp Cord

Petaloo Forgetmenots Flowers Soft Pink and these will be nice

Prima Watercolor Pencils Spring and Fall

Watercolor Brush Pen

Beacons Glue - 3-in-1

Here's How I Made The Card

As I mentioned previously, Blitsy has a wonderful selection of embossing folders for everyday use as well as holiday themed folders. I chose the Couture Creations - 5x7 Embossing Folder - Fancy Tree for some holiday fun. Plus I really need to get a move on my Christmas cards. This was a perfect solution.

After running the cardstock and embossing plate through the embossing machine, I wanted to add some pops of color. I knew I was pairing the embossing with some bold and vibrant patterned paper from Simple Stories Claus & Co. . I grabbed some watercolor pencils and a waterbrush pen as my means of adding color. The trick to the watercolor pencil is this, "less is best", if you are looking for a blush of color. if you want to go darker, then you may want to apply the pencil more darkly.

I think pink and lime green make cool Christmas colors!

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I defined my card with brown ink. I rubbed the edges of my card, then I delicately graze the top of the embossing with the blending tool.

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Next, in the image below, I picked my patterned papers for the background of the card and cut to size. The colors of this paper collection are spectacular - bright and cheery.

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I added a strip of washi tape as a border, and wrapped some hemp twine around thew card. I secured the hemp twine with tape, them added some foam tape to add dimension to the card.

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In this image below, I tied a hemp bow and glued it to the card. Then I topped the bow with a wood embellishment to match my wood star at the top of the tree.

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Add some punched pine leaves for a wintery Christmas tough, and a delicate pink flower. In this case, I cut my flowers to fit on the card nicely and feel like it was tucked in the card and not just plopped on top of the card as an afterthought.

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Last phase, I added tiny dots of Stickles glitter glue in Lime Green around the edges of the card. This brings out the dotted washi tape.

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Here is the finished embossed card.

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Happy Crafting!