Embossing Folder Stamping

by Audrie Magno-Gordon

Use ink or paint on an embossing folder for a unique monoprinted background.

Supplies

  • Watercolor paper
  • Water-based paints or inks (Salty Ocean & Mowed Lawn Distress Paints used here)
  • Embossing folder (Stampin' Up! Honeycomb used here)
  • Mister bottle, filled with water or pearlescent spray (Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist used here)
  • Archival or permanent ink (Jet Black Stazon used here)
  • Stamps (Stampin' Up! Trust God Stamp Set used here)
  • Cardstock and other supplies to finish the card (Baja Breeze cardstock and Spellbinders Rectangle Dies used here)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Cut watercolor paper to fit your card front.

  2. Alternative:
    Instead of precutting the panel, cut after making a print.

  3. Step 2

    Open the embossing folder. On the side with the logo, use ink or paint daubers to daub color in different areas.

    Use glimmer mist or water to wet the embossing folder (plenty of water will help the pigment lift and soak into the paper).

    Note:
    A print can be taken from either side of the folder. The design on the logo side is the 'negative', which covers more area. The other side will print a finer outline.

  4. Step 3

    Lay the watercolor paper into the wet paint. Don’t close the folder; just press with your fingers here and there (try not to press evenly).

    Allow a few seconds for the paint to soak into the watercolor paper.

  5. Step 4

    Pick the watercolor paper straight up off of the folder (try not to drag it on the surface). Allow the panel to dry completely.

  6. Step 5

    Use a stamp positioner to determine good placement, then stamp a sentiment in the selected location on the printed panel.

    Hint:
    Use Stazon to stamp the image on the clear Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet to avoid smearing while you are working.

  7. Step 6

    Assemble and complete the card.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Embossing Folder Stamping. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Very pretty card. I'm definitely going to try this one. Thanks for the idea!
Mary Edwards  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 2:17 AM
Thanks so much Audrie....as you can tell, I am addicted! So fun with great results.
Karen Dunbrook  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 2:23 AM
This is a very attractive card, thanks for the clear instruction on how to do it, I must have a go at it soon.
Margaret Jenks  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 2:24 AM
Awesome and easy technique but so effective! Thank you!
Janet Noakes  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 2:34 AM
I loved your video it was great. And it looks very easy as well. I will be making some of these for sure. Just received my stamp-ma-jig so will look for the video tutorials on that as well. I will be looking for you on You Tube to so that I can subscribe and learn more from you.
Thanks
colleen howell  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 2:49 AM
I think this is a really neat idea and it's so easy to do!! I'm definitely going to do this!
Helen O'Neill  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 2:52 AM
Thank you Audrie, this is a really fun idea and I have so many embossing folders that will now get a new lease on life. I love how this craft continually evolves.
Samantha Kurtz  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 3:17 AM
I have never seen this kind of card before. Thank you so much!
Cathy DiBlasi  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 3:32 AM
Super tutorial, Audrie, and looks like a fun technique.
I'm sure I'll be giving it a try. Thanks.
Benzi  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 3:38 AM
Audrie - this is fabulous! And I could listen to you talk all day! Thanks for a great tutorial!
Lydia Fiedler  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 3:43 AM
Awesome, Audrie! This is a technique that I've wanted to try...thanks for the great tutorial!
Lee-Anne  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 3:48 AM
Thanks for the video Audrie! I like your cards. I too like the blue and green together. One thing I have done to use all the "fresh" paint/ink at once, is to cut a pc of water color paper to completely cover the painted emb folder and lay it down. After it's dry, I cut out the center panel and end up with a neat border for another card. Can't wait to see more technique videos that you make! smile
Gabby  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 3:59 AM
I love this technique—can't wait to try it!! And your video is terrific, Audrie! More please?
Patti Sheppard  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 3:59 AM
Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing!
Maria Geary  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 4:06 AM
What a fantastic technique! Love the colors of the card created. Thanks for sharing.
Julie Heyer  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 4:33 AM
I'm glad you've all enjoyed the technique. Thank you for your comments!

@Gabby I think that is a wonderful idea, please be sure to post one of your cards with such a creative border!
Audrie Magno  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 4:34 AM
I appreciate the video, it makes it very clear. I'm going to go try it right now!

The second image shown could be used for a chickenwire fence and you could put a die cut or stamped & cut hen in front of it.
Kay Oxford  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 5:22 AM
Audrie, this is an excellent tutorial and I love the effect. You have inspired my creative juices. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial. Cecily
Cecily Farwell  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 5:32 AM
I love this, I was thinking of this when I got up this morning and had my embossing folder out and trying to figure out how to make it work with paint or ink, and low and behold here it was in my email this morning. I had not thought of using water-color paper. Thanks so much. Love the video. Now I'm off to make some cards.
Nancy Hill  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 5:41 AM
Great video....can't wait to try this
Vicki Talley  |  Wed May 7, 2014 at 6:10 AM

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